The use of weblog storytelling in Algerian EFL classrooms

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Weblog as a form of internet-based resources has become popular as authentic and constructive learning tool especially in language classroom. This research explores the use of weblog storytelling as a pedagogical tool to develop Algerian EFL students' creative writing. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of weblog- writing and the attitudes of both Algerian EFL students and teachers towards weblog storytelling. It also seeks to explore the potential benefits and problems that may affect the use of weblog and investigate the possible solutions to overcome the problems encountered. The research work relies on a mixed-method approach which combines both qualitative and quantitative methods. A questionnaire was given to both EFL teachers and students as a means to obtain primary data. Interviews were then conducted in line with the primary data gathered from the questionnaire with the aim of validating its accuracy or as a strategy to follow up any unexpected results. An intervention then took place on the integration of weblog- writing among 15 Algerian EFL students for a period of two months where students were required to write five narrative essays about their personal experiences, give feedback through the use of a rubric to two to three of their peers, and edit their work based on the feedback. After completion, further questionnaires and interviews were undertaken to obtain the students' perspectives towards the use of weblog as an innovative teaching approach. This study is interesting because weblog storytelling has recently been emerged as a new form of digital communication and it is a new concept within Algerian context. Data analysis is not yet complete but it is hoped that the students will not just develop their writing skill through weblog storytelling but it can also serve as a tool to develop students' critical thinking, creativity and autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017
EventScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference : Educational Futures in a Changing Landscape: Bridging Boundaries or "Mind the Gap"? - University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
http://www.sera.ac.uk/conference/

Conference

ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleSERA Conference 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAyr
Period22/11/1724/11/17
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Algerian
weblog
classroom
student
questionnaire
teacher
interview
quantitative method
qualitative method
creativity
data analysis
autonomy
Internet
narrative
communication

Keywords

  • weblog
  • storytelling
  • EFL

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Mansouri, N. (2017). The use of weblog storytelling in Algerian EFL classrooms. Paper presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference , Ayr, United Kingdom.
Mansouri, Nawel. / The use of weblog storytelling in Algerian EFL classrooms. Paper presented at Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference , Ayr, United Kingdom.
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