Mastery of the rules of a language is often clearly reflected in written outputs. In the Philippines, where English is a second language (L2), students are oftentimes reluctant to perform writing tasks as this will expose their ignorance in the skill. With the ubiquity of social networks in mind, this study sought to find out students’ needs and motivations in writing, with weblogs used as learning journals in a virtual teaching and learning environment. The two independent group design experimental method of research was employed in this research. A standardized writing test from the Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) and TOEFL Writing test were used in gathering the data. Data were treated with statistical tools such as weighted mean, frequency count, standard deviation and t-test. Results reveal that the respondents from the experimental group and the controlled group can comprehend meaningful input but their knowledge of the rules governing sentence construction and the actual writing of the material (application) are the root causes of their difficulty in writing.The experimental group has been found to have improved their writing ability specifically in the knowledge and application dimensions, indicating that weblogs have generally made a huge difference in their performance. Hence, it was recommended that weblogs be used in writing subjects to motivate the students to discover the joy of writing. In addition, further studies should also be done concerning how to best motivate students to explore the full potential of blogs as a learning aid.
Shiela Manzanilla, Southern Luzon State University, Philippines
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