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IMPLEMENTING BLOGS FOR TEACHING ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS IN MULTICULTURAL GROUPS: ENLISH M.A. STUDIES COURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (SWPS) – A CASE STUDY

IMPLEMENTING BLOGS FOR TEACHING ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS IN MULTICULTURAL GROUPS: ENLISH M.A. STUDIES COURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (SWPS) – A CASE STUDY

Agnieszka Gadomska

 

Abstract: “A shift is taking place in the focus of pedagogical practice on university campuses all over the world as students across a wide variety of disciplines are learning by making and creating rather than from the simple consumption of content “(Horizon Report 2014:14). For the past ten years, we have observed an enormous influence of technology development on the methodology and practice of teaching academic writing skills. The shift has occurred from paper and course book based activities through blended courses on the Moodle platform to the implementation of blogging and hands-on student experience in e-material design. The author has observed that this development has led to very positive outcomes in terms of the effectiveness of teaching writing skills and students’ attitude, in general, to e-learning in the academic context. The paper focuses on the example of the successful implementation of online blogging in the multicultural group of M.A. English studies students thanks to the development of intercultural competences, collaborative work and intrinsic motivation.

Keywords: online blogging, academic education, writing, intercultural competence

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