Blogging English 2

Monday, October 09, 2006

e-tivity 1

Let’s get started!

Hello everyone. As you know there are many of you so we have to divide you into groups. We do this so that we can have a lower teacher-student ratio in the classroom. This means, however, that you are responsible for doing work outside of the classroom The activities we are going to do online are called “e-tivities” (Gilly Salmon, 2002). You will have one e-tivity each week. Do you know what a blog is? Do you already have one? These are questions we will be exploring in the next e-tivity. For now we just need to become familiar with our course blog. Please read the e-tivity instructions carefully.

Have fun!!

Purpose: To become familiar with our course blog and introduce yourselves to each other.

Task: I've written a rather traditional welcome message below, but I'd like you to do something more original. First go to Flickr and look for an image that represents something about you. Write a post showing the image and describing what it says about you and why you chose it. Then think of at least two websites that you use often or think are good resources. Copy those addresses, put the hyperlink in your introduction post and explain why you chose those two websites and what they mean for you.

Respond: Read the other students’ introductions and reply (using the “comment” button) to them, explaining why they are similar to or different from you, because they have said something interesting, etc.

N.B. At this point we are not interested in accuracy, i.e. how correct your English is, but in fluency, i.e. communicating, so don’t worry too much about the form of your messages, just communicate! Also remember that a blog is online, available to everyone on the net, so try not to post information which is too personal, such as a telephone number.

Timeline: Thursday, October 19th (task), Monday, October 23rd (respond).


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