The Use of a Class Blog in an English Grammar Course

By Ching-Huang Wang, Chi-yen Chiu, Jenny Wang, Chun-Fu Lin and Hui-hua Liu.

Published by The Technology Collection

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From the perspectives of sentence patterns and sentence making, this study aims to explore 129 Taiwanese college students’ (mixed genders and majors) responses to the class blog (http://blog.sina.com.tw/f_2a/) offered in a required course in English Grammar in the spring semester of 2007. The research question is: How did two classes of Taiwanese college students relate the class blog to their learning about sentence patterns, practicing sentence-making and increasing sentence-making ability? Data collection included 6-point-scaled course evaluation questionnaires together with a box of free comments, the instructor’s journal entries, the class blog postings, and the students’ reflection papers. The results of the study indicated that overall the respondents reported that the class blog significantly helped them to learn about sentence patterns (M=5.26), practice making sentences (M=5.53) and increase their ability to make sentences (M=5.31), which were particularly supported by the students’ free comments in their questionnaires and their reflection papers. Suggestions are made for interested teachers who are using or will use blogs; implications are produced for interested researchers to work on further studies related to class blogs.

Keywords: Class Blog, Sentence Pattern, Sentence-Making, Grammar

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.179-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.189MB).

Prof. Ching-Huang Wang

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

Ching-huang Wang, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan, is mainly engaged in research in TESOL, bibliotherapy, identity, critical literacy, and syllabus design.

Dr. Chi-yen Chiu

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin County, Taiwan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan.

Dr. Jenny Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Issaquah, Taiwan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan.

Chun-Fu Lin

Assistant Professor, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan.

Hui-hua Liu

Associate professor, Center for General Education, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan

Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan.

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