Weblog: A Collaborative Tool for Learning Academic Reading

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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
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Weblog

Dr. Izaham Shah Ismail

Lecturer, TESL Department
Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr.Izaham Shah Ismail is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia. His research interest includes Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Reading.

Ref: L09P0623