The Influence of Weblogs on English Oral Proficiency in English Language Learners

Sarah Kitzinger Anton

Abstract

This research investigated the effect of blogging on oral proficiency in English Language Learners (ELLs). Specifically, the study aimed to prove that participation in written blog posts would transfer to increased speaking proficiency as determined by three measures of oral proficiency. These measures were 1) established scores on the W-APT Speaking Test, 2) average length of utterances and 3) time to produce an effective response on the W-APT. The researcher worked with eight participants who were ELLs at language proficiency levels one through five on a six point scale at the start of the study. The results indicated that blogging increased scores for all three measures of oral proficiency, with the most notable gains in time to produce an effective response and average length of utterances.