Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Blogging Etiquitte: What do I do when someone else comments on my blog?

If someone has left a comment on your blog and you would like them to continue reading your blog, it is a good idea to respond to their comment. If you do not respond to a comment, there is a high likelihood that the person who left the comment will not read your blog again. One of the reasons why blogs are popular is because the readers and writers can interact with each other. If the reader cannot interact with the writer, then the reader will probably stop reading the blog.

Here are your options for responding to a comment:
1) Write a comment under the post that you received a comment on.
2) Write a comment under the post that you received a comment on and e-mail your it to the person whom you are replying to.
3) Write a comment under the post you received a comment on and write a comment on the blog of the person to whom you are replying to.

I recommend option 2 or 3 because it shows the reader that you appreciate them reading your blog and want to continue the exchange. When you click on the blogging name of the person who left a comment, usually there are links to either the persons blog or e-mail address.

Blogging Task 6: Teaching Observation

On Friday, June 2 from 1:00 PM, please attend the "Diamond" Junior High School "Research Classes" and observe two English classes.
Please answer the following questions you learned about the classes by Tuesday, June 5 and comment on a classmate's blog by Wednesday June 6. After commenting on a classmate's blog please tell me whose blog you commented on by commenting to this post. To protect the privacy of the school, please do not use the teacher's name nor the name of the school.

In your post about the class at Diamond Junior High School please answer the following:
1) What was the goal of the class?
2) What activities did the students do to accomplish the goal?
3) What was the role of the teacher in this class?
4) From watching the teacher and students, did you receive any hints or clues as to how to have a successful English class?

Please be prepared to discuss what you wrote in class on June 8.

Blogging Task 5: Practice Teaching

Today, we have observed two classes:

The teachers who taught "Is this ~?" "Is that ~ " were
Happy days
Bear or Toshi?

The teachers in the class that taught "What do you have for breakfast?" were
The Leo

To the teachers:
I would like each of the teachers today to write a reflection on their blogs and answer the following questions in their reflections:
What did you set out to teach?
What activities did you plan?
What were the most successful parts of the lesson?
What were the least successful parts?
Would you teach the lesson differently if you taught it again?
Please write your reflection by Tuesday, May 30.

To everyone including the teachers:
Please write a comment on one teacher's blogs from each lesson by Wednesday, May 31. If you taught a class, you should comment on the blog of the other teachers' lessons. If you would also like to comment on the blog of a colleague, please do! Please do this by Wednesday, May 31. Lastly, after you have commented on a blog, please leave a comment on this post telling me whose blog you commented on.

If you would like to see some photos from this event, please go to the following post on Issues in EFL in Japan.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Blogging Task 4: Translating Programs and More Vocabulary

Please do one or both of the following by Wednesday, May 24:

I wrote a post about a problem I have had with students using translating programs on the Issues in EFL in Japan blog. Please go to the post, read it, and write a response.

I summarized our discussion about what we learned from reading the blogs of teachers from Tamkang University. If you have anything to add please write a comment on the post.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Blogging Task 3: Vocabulary Teaching and Learning in Taiwan

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a class blogging project in Taiwan. The class is an English Teaching Methodologies class at Tamkang University in Taipei. The teacher's name is Alice Chui (Please click on her name to see her class blog). Last March, Ms. Chui asked her class to think about how they were taught vocabulary when they were in junior and senior high school and also to write about what they think it the best way to teach vocabulary.

Last week and this week in Japan, we have reviewed and experienced various ways of teaching vocabulary, from presenting the words and meanings to teaching vocabulary through comprehenisible input.

I would like you to read at least two of the students' posts and comment on at least one. Please tell me which posts you left a comment leaving a comment on this post. For example if you read Shirly and Gabriel's blog and commented on Garbiel's blog, you would leave a comment on this post saying "I read Shirley's and Iris's blogs and commented on Shirley's blog.
Below are the links to various posts about vocabulary learning from students in Ms. Chui's class. I am sure that I have left out some interesting posts, so if you would like to read more you can go to Ms. Chui's home page and look at the blogs of students who have been left off the list. Also, if you would like to comment on a post not related to vocabulary teaching but something else, please do. There is a lot of interesting information, thoughts, and perspectives on these blogs! Reading these blogs will help enlighten you about different apporaches to foreign language teaching.
Posts about Vocabulary Teaching
Wings of Angel

Posts Related to Vocabulary Teaching
Gabriel (Explains the origin of the phrase "It's raining cats and dogs")
Olivia (Presents vocabulary and grammar learning websites)