The popularity of blogging has reached tremendous popularity. Either it’s technical, professional or personal blog, everyone wants to share something new with the world. In a...
The popularity of blogging has reached tremendous popularity. Either it’s technical, professional or personal blog, everyone wants to share something new with the world. In addition, it is a good way to study a foreign language. It will help the learners uncover their communicative potential, get inspired and what is the most important – enjoy the study process.
Through blogging, learners can achieve the following:
Reflect themselves, their emotions and feelings
Share useful and unique information with the readers
Expands communicative skills through analysing information and commenting on the topic
Learn the language through studying the topics they are interested in
But how to use blogs to achieve it all? Either in class or at home, blogging is not a traditional learning approach. But what you have to remember is that non-traditional methods work the best. Let’s analyse a few foreign language study tactics with the help of blogging:
Reading of favourite blogs
Why do we read blogs? Because we want to receive regular portions of information that we need for work, personal development, or entertainment. Then why not reading blogs on your preferred topics in a foreign language you are studying? Apart from studying the language, you will constantly learn new things on the subjects you are interested in. One more remarkable feature of blog posts is that they are written in a simple language. Ask any blogger and he/she will tell you that they are always expected to write in simple words so that anyone could effortlessly understand the ideas. No complex structures, no long sentences, no complicated words.
Unlike traditional language learning books, blogs dwell upon topics that really matter to you. These are the topics that you would be pleased to read anyway, even written in your native language. Very often, the blog posts are written by native speakers and this will help you feel the language, some regional idiomatic expressions, slang and other expressions that traditional learning books usually avoid.
Join the discussions
What is awesome about blogs is that the post you are reading is just the author’s point of view. As a reader you can either agree or disagree with it, provide supportive arguments, show your point of view. The discussion can go on and on. Just share your thoughts and keep the ball rolling. When other readers join the discussion, it may turn into a real battle. Share the post with other learners and ask them about their point of view. Emotional factor is decisive in foreign language study. Just make sure you choose topics that really matter to you.
Blogging in the classroom
Instead of asking students to describe topics they are indifferent to, encourage them to create their own blogs. Let them choose any topic they like so that they could turn on their emotions when writing. Integrating it into the schedule becomes easier if you plan in advance and exclude some other tasks.
Students adore innovations and they are much more likely to love their own blogs. They know that blogging is a new trend and it’s cool – so they will write their posts with the unique interest and passion. Occasionally, a teacher should choose certain topics for discussion, vocabulary and grammar exercises, storytelling and supplementing them with additional thoughts and ideas coming from other students in the class. A lot of students will keep their blogs active after their foreign language term has ended and they will thus create their digital identity.
Individual language learning via blogging
For those who prefer studying a foreign language on their own, non-traditional approaches will work the best. Writing your own blog is one of the best strategies to follow. In fact, the majority of bloggers will tell you that in the process of writing they frequently look through dozens of blogs of other authors to find inspiration, new exciting ideas or simply some reminders about things they already know. It will mean you will have to read a lot of information written by other writers, learn new expressions, phrases and word combinations.
When the post is ready, feel free to share it with the field experts who might discuss your approaches, add their own ideas, ask you questions or simply encourage you to keep up doing good job. As mentioned earlier, real discussion is very much helpful for your foreign language study.
Making use of language learning blogs
Today, there exist a lot of blogs that are focused only on learners. Such blogs motivate them to study, feature challenging exercises, offer useful reading divided into different learning levels, videos and audios. A good sample of English learning blog can be found here.
Whatever language learning methods you choose, it is always important to stay motivated and result-oriented. Blogging is a powerful way, but you should always be open to other opportunities and choose those you enjoy the most. Language learning methods are diverse but once you use at least some of them in pair, you may expect quick and visible results.