Writing Skills - Encouraging ESOL/English Learners to Blog

☆҉‿ ESOL means - English for Speakers of Other Languages and is a very popular Course in all UK Colleges. There is a huge demand for this course from EU citizens who come to study in England or get jobs and some are also from Brazil, Portugal, Africa. Though I teach the use of Computer Software, I got drawn into ESOL 11 years ago and enjoy teaching it part-time.

Why should ESOL Learners Blog?

People blog for different reasons. Some as a hobby, some to earn online. I think it would be a good idea for ESOL learners to Blog for the following reasons:

a) It will make learners more confident in writing, particularly if they get lots of “likes” or written feedback on their articles.

b) It will promote creativity – Poems are an example. They get the creative juices flowing.

c) Some learners might develop a passion for it and take it further, by publishing online or maybe publishing a book. For many Authors, English is not actually their first language.

How can Teachers Support?

1) Time may be tight, but it’s possible to fit in an hour Tutorial a week, to help them get started. E.g registering on blogs. Showing them how to include photo’s, edit writing, respond to comments and help with questions they have.

2) Subscribe to their blogs and give feedback after reading articles. (Personally, if their writing is very bad, I would not include it in comments, but maybe drop them an email or talk to them, to brush up on certain areas. If we over criticise or correct, it can affect their moral and they might not want to continue).

3) Help them share it, so they get more readers. Example on wordpress, if you click on “reblog” it will re-send it to all your followers. Alternatively, share on Facebook / Twitter.

Maybe, every month you could announce or get learners to vote for the best article and give a box of chocolates or something to the winner.

Some ideas for topics to write about:

  • Relationships.
  • Funny stories.
  • Poems.
  • Interesting places to visit.
  • Fashion and beauty.
  • Celebrities / Music / Review Movies.
  • Religious issues.
  • Health issues.
  • Reaction to a News story.
  • Recipes.

The list is endless.

Support For ESOL Learners

I have been publishing online for over 4 years and recommend Wordpress.com or blogger.com. One of my blogs is called: Inspiring Talk’s Blog and it’s with wordpress.com. You can click on the link to have an idea of the layout. It's all pink and flowery, but don’t worry there are many other designs to choose from.

☆҉‿Also, your articles don't have to be long. All my articles on wordpress are very short.

I hope blogging boosts your confidence and helps you build on your writing skills. You never know where it will lead…..

Feel free to post me any questions or more suggestions to help ESOL learners. Thank you.

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for introducing me to ESOL. This is new to me. It sounds like a very useful thing to know. I will look into it. Voted up and sharing!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Lady_E, I think blogging for those doing ESOL is a great idea. I used to teach ESOL classes back in the day and I think the idea of doing ICT with language is a brilliant idea. I used to do 'free speech' classes with the group where we took on a subject and had to openly discuss it; e.g. 'the death penalty'. they used to love these sessions because it was about debate and using words they might not normally utilise. A blog would really give them some scope to explore new subjects and ideas (not necessarily radical ones!) and they could support one another's blogs.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Very interesting and of great value to students. I hope your hub becomes widely read. By chance I see that I have used one of the languages difficult words. It is hard for a student to understand, the same word and spelling but is it 'to read' or 'it has been read' Great hub.

Graham.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@Vocal Coach - Thanks Audrey. It's popular in America but known as EFL (English as a Foreign Language). Any native English speaker can be of help to learners. Glad you stopped by.

@Jools99 - Oh, I know what you mean by those debates. Even the quiet ones come out of their shells. It's extremely useful for Speaking and Listening Sessions. I used to make up all sorts of stories e.g My friend found £10,000 on the bus, with no name on the envelope. Should she take it to the police or take it home and give some to charity? :-) Thanks for stopping and sharing your experience.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@OldAlbion - Thanks for your kind words. I hope so. I will post it on my business website too. Nice of you to stop by.


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Mommy Needs a Nap 3 years ago from Arkansas

Great idea. It is so important to boost students confidence. Good job.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Lady_E,

really great hub that you have here

this really showcases wrtiing skills and the knowledge

behind it. thanks for the details.

Voted up


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Elena ,I think writing blogs or journals does not only expresses one s own thoughts but also improves their writing skills. ESOL is a good idea.Thanks for this hub.


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everythingdazzles 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

Excellent idea and I definitely agree. Thanks!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

I found this hub useful, lady E.

Great pointers ESP those striving for this language.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I had no idea you were a teacher, thank you for sharing that with us. I found this article interesting and useful...


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great idea, although some of the places where I have been involved with TESOL have not had the advantage of computers. A wonderful tool and you have a great suggestion here.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@Mommy Needs a Nap. Thanks for stopping and supporting. I like your name.

@Torrilyn - Cheers Torrilyn. I appreciate you stopping by and also voting it up.

@James-Wolve. Thanks James. I like your inclusion of a Journal. That's also a brilliant idea. Lovely of you to stop by.

@everythingdazzles - Thanks so much. Best Wishes.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@Ruchira - Thanks for your comments. You are so right with that word "striving" There is so much eagerness to learn English. I always think those of us who speak English as a first language, are lucky... I've been trying to learn French and Spanish for decades. :-)

@Always Exploring - Aaawh... thanks Ruby. I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed it too. xx

@BlossomSB - Thanks for sharing your experience. In such situations, they should apply for government funding to get computers for learners. Funding is available, it's just knowing the right place to go. Best Wishes. Hope you continue to enjoy teaching.

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