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English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World)

English for Specific Purposes World

ISSN 1682-3257

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Purnima Iyer. EFFECTS OF COLLABORATIVE BLOGGING ON COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS IN WRITING OF THAI UNIVERSITY EFL STUDENTS

Abstract

This study explored the effects of collaborative blogging on communicative skills in writing of Thai EFL students. The participants were 12 fourth year university students studying English as their major field of study. The participants wrote a total of eight blog assignments, completed two questionnaires, one before the start of the study, and the second after writing all the blog assignments. An interview was also carried out at the end of the study.  The results revealed that most participants had not written blogs before, and were relatively new to the concept of blogging. The findings brought to light the fact that the communicative skills in writing, based on the four codes chosen for the study, namely creativity, critical thinking, voice, comments and contributions, improved as a result of collaborative blogging. The participants, however, did face problems with the blogging interface and since they were already familiar with social networking sites such as Facebook, the current study suggested that blogs could be merged with Facebook allowing for a more convenient way for the participants to write and communicate with one another. 

Keywords: blogs, collaborative blogging, communicative skills, attitude

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