Weblog: A Collaborative Tool for Learning Academic Reading
Academic literacy which requires analysis and synthesis of sophisticated texts is not well taught by practice of discrete skills in a workbook. Students taught through a textbook-driven approach tend to have difficulty understanding concepts. Adopting this approach may result in the failure of students to understand variables, perform propositional thinking, recognize knowledge gaps, distinguish between observations and inferences, reason hypothetically, and attain metacognitive awareness. Weblogs that are fast gaining popularity in education may be a viable alternative. They allow for collaborative and individual learning. It allows for bloggers to comment and to give feedback to other bloggers. In this online community, ideas are shared, questions are answered, and social cohesion is developed. This paper will focus on the pedagogical potentials of utilizing weblogs in learning academic reading skills among ESL university students.
Keywords: Reading, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Weblog, English as a Second Language, Internet
Dr. Izaham Shah Ismail
Lecturer, TESL Department