The ABC of ELT

5 Types of blogging tasks to set students

This is part of the student blogs series [click here for more posts]

It’s been a while since my last post about using blogs so I thought I’d share some activities that I created for students to use the blogs for.

1. Share a story.

A simple activity where you encourage students to share a story or event. It can be real or made up and can be using a variety of formats, though depending on which blog platform you use will make a difference. Any blog platform will allow text based comments. As such, if you have a group blog where students can comment on the post only (and not create posts) then this is an option.  If, however, every student can create a post or you use posterous, where you can leave multi media embedded posts, then you can use vocaroo or upload a video on youtube and embed it for a video reply.

There are a million ways to extend this activity: add a photo, link to another story, include information from another site for example.

2. Answer the question

Putting up some questions, that you might expect to see in a text book, for students to answer is another option. This is a chance to give students extra grammar practice and can be delivered straight to students. Another great advantage of using a blog is that you can attach video or audio files so then you can give students listening tasks to do at home.

3. Create the questions

In this case you get students to create questions for others to answer in either grammar, vocabulary or for listening skills. The great advantage of this option is that the students can collaborate in creating the question and then set them for other students to answer (returning to the last activity).

4. Share something

Set the challenge to find something related to a topic and share it with the group. This can be an article, video, song etc. You can make this free or more controlled if you want, such as listing a website or a format such as only articles.

5. Collaborate

There a few ways this can be done depending on what the students are collaborating to create. A simple activity could be creating a picture dictionary using linoit. Students find pictures online, add them to the site and can even use a service like google translate to translate extra words they want to learn (the teacher can then moderate and correct). Alternatively students can use the blog to divide up the different responsibility.

These are some examples of the type of tasks that I set my students using their blogs. What types of activities do you set your students?

About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

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