Research in weblog pedagogy: Blogging and developing learner autonomy in a JFL context

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Atsushi Iida Indiana University of Pennsylvania



Technology has provided teachers with additional environments for language teaching. A recent trend is the application of weblogs to teaching practice. This technology enables teachers to ask how weblogs, which have been primarily used for personal purposes, can be applied to teaching, especially language teaching. This paper reports on a case study using weblogs throughout a semester in a language course in a Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL) context in the United States. The main purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the application of weblogs and learner autonomy. To achieve this, the effectiveness of weblogs in developing learner autonomy and the success of collaboration in an online community were investigated.