Blogging on AEPS and in Academia

A blog post by Natasha Rust, a teaching fellow at the Language Centre, University of Leeds

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For a while now I have discussed and gone on and on about (excuse the colloquialism but it is the only way to get the connotation across) how blogs can be used in the Language Centre here at Leeds. I’ve gone on about a tutor’s blog for sharing resources and communicating with students, a blog which tutors and students contribute to and a class blog for learners to share ideas and practice this style of writing in a public forum. I have also wanted to set up a blog myself and share this resource with my colleagues and my students.

It seemed like a lot to achieve and that is why perhaps it took me so long to do all those things. However, now that I have started with this class blog, I can see that my concept of time was erroneous. It doesn’t take that long at all! Simply because you are recording what you are already doing! My previous post on articles did not take me very long as I had already done the research and spoken to one or two students in personal consultations. Now that I have recorded my solutions, I can refer future students to this post to actually save time!

So I now want to share my reasons for why I feel blogging benefits learners of English and academics. Besides from the reason above, my main conclusion is that you are engaging with the language you are studying and mimicking what current academics do thus embedding yourself into the wider academic community. Being part of a wider academic community has a range of benefits including enhancing your knowledge of a subject, seeing other points of views on a topic, engaging in debates on a topic that interests you, gaining new resources through sharing and commenting with others and possibly establishing links for future research collaborations.

Here are some more links regarding blogging in academia to hopefully encourage the use of blogging on AEPS:

LSE Blog: Shorter Better Faster Free 

Why Academics Blog? 

British Council: The use of blogging in English Language Teaching