I will be using this blog to write about language learning and technology. I have been blogging about this now for 14 years this month (since July 2003), when I started BLOG-EFL. This was shortly after the beginning of blogging and there were few blogs for teachers or learners. Here’s what I wrote about that time, on the 10th anniversary of my blog:
Teaching a summer course with two groups at the Young Learner Centre, British Council, Barcelona, I’d asked for regular computer room slots… and so set up this blog. The first post was an example for the students, who set up their own blogs the first day of the course. I then had them write on their blogs and comment on the blogs of the other class during the course.
Don’t ask learners to blog if you don’t already blog. Keeping a blog and writing to it regularly before you ask learners to do the same will give you an idea of how it feels to do this, and you’ll also have a better idea if it’s something you’re happy to ask learners to do too. If you can’t keep it up, then how can you expect your learners to do so?