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Weblogs in ESL classrooms

Md. Yusof, Alauyah Masdinah and Habil, Hadina and Bunari, Ghazali (2008) Weblogs in ESL classrooms. In: New Perspective In Language and Communication Research. Penerbit UTM, Johor, pp. 111-124. ISBN 978-983-52-0691-7

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‘It is difficult to write’ – a remark we often hear from students, both undergraduates and post-graduates. Many of them sighed as they urged their language lecturers to help them write. Lecturers, too, after giving a numerous inputs on writing skills, would sometime groan and feel annoyed with this same request from students. Why can’t the students write? They have learnt the skill ever since they were in primary school. What else can be done to help them improve their writing? We are aware that the skill of writing needs to be carefully developed and constantly polished if one wants to be a good writer. Some of us also believe that a person with good writing skills can eventually make money by just writing – expressing his ideas on just anything. A writer, Jeniri Amir, has actually published a book on ‘Buat duit dengan menulis – Make money by writing’ with the hope that others would take up his suggestion or should we say ‘challenge’. Though lecturers like us could not really spend time to write and make money as much as much we want to, we believe that by helping our students to master the skills of writing, they could at least write a good project report and thesis. We also believe that our students need to experience the joy of expressing their thoughts without having to worry too much about forms - if they can write about things around them and give their views and comments on other people’s written work; they have actually overcome one of the hurdles to becoming a good writer. Hence, with these beliefs, we dared ourselves to embark on the weblog journal writing project.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:writing skills, ESL classrooms
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Divisions:Management and Human Resource Development (Formerly known)
ID Code:28158
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:12 Sep 2012 10:20
Last Modified:12 Sep 2012 10:20

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