Monthly Archives: October 2014

My Students’ Blogs

I have been offering the Technology and Materials Design Course in the department for the last few years. As the requirement of the course, students (pre-service teachers of English) are supposed to open up their personal blogs and share course related materials there. Weekly, students have assignments such as creating a podcast, preparing an online poster, creating a digital story, etc. (I will write another post later explaining these tasks in detail.) Students upload their products on their blogs and me, as the instructor, and their peers view their posts regularly. Students are also supposed to write an entry for each post to explain the task and reflect on the task completion process. Keeping a blog has many benefits for students. For example:

  • Blogs become their own personal online space- to share their voice
  • They learn how to blog and improve their blogging skills as they keep posting
  • Their blogs become an ongoing portfolio of samples of their work
  • As pre-service teachers, they experience blogging as a student themselves. Thus, they can implement it in their future classrooms with confidence.

When the course is over, I encourage the students to continue blogging. Some of them do. Here are the links to the blogs of Teodora Delibaşoğlu, Nazmi Dinçer, Halil İbrahim Aksakal and Yasin Kokarca. They all keep posting about ELT related issues. I follow them and feel very proud of them. I hope more and more students continue blogging after the course and I can share them with you.

Open Access ELT Journals

Here is the list of some (free) ELT online journals. It might be sometimes difficult for ELT students and teachers to find free articles on topics relevant to language teaching and learning. Please feel free to add more to the list as a comment.

English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education.

Studies in English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: English language teaching, second language acquisition, applied linguistics teaching and learning.

International Journal of English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education, English for special purpose, English linguistics and literature.

International Journal of English Studies

Scope of the journal: English Language and Linguistics, Applied English Linguistics, Literature in English and Culture of the English-speaking countries

The Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Linguistics, foreign language methodology

Journal of Technology for ELT

Scope of the Journal: Using technology for language teaching

The Asian EFL Journal

Scope of the journal: Language acquisition and language learning

International Journal of English Language Education

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English Language Teaching and Learning, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, English language teachers’ training and education, Studies in English Culture and Literature

Reading in a Foreign Language

Scope of the journal: Foreign language reading and literacy

Computer Assisted Language Learning- Electronic Journal

Scope of the journal: Computer-assisted language learning

Language Learning and Technology

Scope of the journal: Second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language 

Scope of the journal: Teaching English as a second or foreign language

TESL Canada Journal

Scope of the journal: Learning and teaching of official languages; second language teacher education; and the maintenance and development of minority, heritage, or Aboriginal languages.

Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning

Scope of the journal: CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), multilingualism, interculturalism, and CALL, throughout Latin America and around the world

English Language Teacher Education and Development

Scope of the journal: Theories of teacher education and development, Implementation and evaluation of teacher education theories, Design, development and evaluation of ELT teacher education programmes, Exploration of current issues in teacher education such as appraisal, supervision, mentoring, Staff development through institutional development and action research, Classroom centred research and its implications for English language teacher education.