Friday, April 3, 2009
Tutorial Group: 2
Lecturer: Dr. Hajjah Zaini Amir
1. Do you enjoy blogging? If Yes or No please explain why.
Yes, because I learned a lot through blogging. I read a lot and write a lot, therefore, my writing skill enhanced. For me, blogging is actually an interesting work. I tried hard to make my blog as interesting as possible. I inserted a lot of audios, videos and pictures. I enjoyed it.
2. Based on your experience what is the benefit of blogging?
Based on my experience, blogging is for assignments purposes. However, it benefits me also. At first, blogging forces me to read a lot articles and others’ blogs. Then, it forces me to write a lot. In my case, I blog every week now for assignments and therefore I write regularly and this make me to be a regularly writer. This improved my writing skill and this is the most benefit that I found based on my experience.
3. Do you need more assistance to set up your blog? If Yes please explain on what aspect.
Yes. I would like to learn more on how to make my blog as interesting as possible and make my blog as useful for the public as possible.
4. Do you have any memorable/favorite topic in your blog? If Yes please list which topic.
No. Because all my postings are for assignments purposes, so they are a bit dull for me.
5. List 5 advantages of blogging for you.
- Share our feelings and thoughs out like a diary.
- Forces us to read a lot.
- Forces us to write regularly.
- Improvre our writing skill as we write a lot.
- Allows others to comment or give feedback on your writing.
6. List 5 disadvantages of blogging.
- Plagiarism of other articles in net may happen.
- Some of the information in blog may not true and will mislead the us.
- The blogger need to keep their blog always updated, this is a tough work.
- It’s is easy to create a blog but is hard to maintain it.
- Some of the bloggers may raise up sensitive issues especially in political areas that may influence the readers.
7. Will you continue blogging after the course? If Yes or No please explain why.
Yes. As I mentioned above, blogging benefits me a lot. I will most probably create a new blog to share my feelings and thoughs out like a diary. This time, is not for assignments purposes.
8. Do you think that blogging improve your writing?
Absolutely yes. At first, blogging forces me to read a lot articles and others’ blogs. Then, it forces me to write a lot. These practices improve my writing skill.
9. Do you think that we should continue with blogging activity for the next batch of students?
Yes. It will definitely benefit them in language learning purposes. My suggestion is that the topics in blogging activity can be more interesting or can be related to students, so that they won’t feel dull of the assignments’ topics.
10. Will you recommend your friend to blog?
Yes. I will share the good things.
11. Can you teach a friend to set up his or her blog?
Yes. I will show him/her on how to create a blog and the basic techniques on how to make his/her blog as interesting as possible.
Concordancer – a tool or a program (software) that helps to list the words in context.
Use of Concordance
- Make indexes and word lists
Count word frequencies
- Compare different usages of a word
- Analyze keywords
- Find phrases and idioms
- Publish to the web
- Language teaching and learning
- Data mining and data clean-up
- Literary work and linguistic
- Corpus linguistics
- Content analysis
Summary of Article 1:
Concordancing in Language Learning
By John Flowerdew
This article focuses on the applications of concordance in language learning and shows us how this concordance works. Generally, concordancing use searches for function [grammatical] words as a way of helping learners discover grammatical rules, and searching for pairs of near synomyms in order to give learners some of the evidence needed for distinguishing their use.
Usually, concordance used to derive grammatical rules. A concordance will reveal a variety of meanings and patterns attaching to this function word. Examples are given to show the different semantic uses and syntactic patterns based on a word in the context. It also shows the use of pairs of near synonyms in a corpus of biology lectures and readings, concordances of which were used for teaching and learning activities in a content-based language program.
For teachers, one important application of concordancing is to use the concordancer as a resource tool to inform teachers’ appreciation of linguistic usage, that is, as a Linguistic Informant. Secondly, teachers use the concordancer as a source of input for teaching, as opposed to simply as an informant on usage, teachers can generate authentic instances of usage to present to students when teaching a particular language point. Lastly, concordance used as input for materials development for teachers.
On the other hand, learners use it in error analysis and correction. The teacher indicates errors in student writing which can be investigated and corrected by means of the concordancer. For learners, concordancing is a serendipity Learning, which is similar in a way to browsing in a dictionary. Another issue in the use ofconcordance-based materials is that of the application of inductive or deductive reasoning.
Summary of Article 2:
How to use concordances in teaching English
This article introduces some suggestions on how to use concordances in teaching English. The uses of concordancers in teaching and learning can be divided into 'low contact' to 'high contact'. 'Low contact' refers to concordances being used as a reference tool by a teacher, much as an individual may use a dictionary. 'High contact' use in which concordances are used as one of the main language resources in a class.
Concordances are really useful in teaching. First of all, it provides students with a large amount of example sentences or example sentences with gaps to let students use their grammatical and lexical knowledge to fill the gaps. Besides, students can be given some concordances of a single word, and told to group them according to usage. Furthermore, trough concordance, students can discover for themselves what rules can be deduced from the evidence. The software of concordance can be used as a computer quiz for students. Lastly, with the software called 'Concordance', it is possible to create 'web concordances'
My Points of View:
In my opinion, concordance benefits both the language learners and language teachers. First, leaners use it in error analysis and correction. Leaners can also compae the different usages of the same word since the concordance will search for pairs of near synomyms. With that, it contribute to language learning also. Besides, it will do the translation as well. It also counts the word frequency. So, I think Concordancing is a good way to train learners to pay attention to patterns of usage in their everyday reading.
For language teacher, concordancers are used to prepare printed worksheets for their students. In other words, teachers use the concordancer as a source of input for teaching. A teacher favouring an inductive approach to learning could present the concordances as examples of a language structure already taught. This will defitely interest students. They get many teaching ideas from concordancer that can be used in language teaching for their students. For example, example sentences or example sentences with gaps, group a single word according to usage, find the rule, as a computer quiz and as a web concordance.
As a conclusion, the use of concordance should be introduced to language learners or students and as well as all the teachers.