I have never written in a diary before, so please bear with me.
Conclusion What makes a good learner diary I feel that a learner diary, at its best, should be a private dialogue between a student and teacher. It doesn't only have to be about the learning process, but can be about almost anything that the learner would like to know or discuss.
The most important thing is that it is real communication and that I, as a teacher, respond to the student in an 'authentic' way within this dialogue. This means that I share my genuine thoughts and opinions with the student rather than simply correcting their grammar and spelling.
Learner diaries can, but don't have to be traditional exercise books, although these do work fine.
Some of the most successful ones my students have done were just a collection of pieces of paper that students and I had written to each other on over the course of a term. I have also tried using audiocassettes so that I exchange recorded messages with my students.
This adds a valuable element of spoken communication to the activity, but can be problematic in terms of sound quality and access to recording equipment.
Why I use learner diaries There are lots of good reasons for using learner diaries, but these are the reasons which I have found most motivating. Learner diaries provide a 'one to one' connection to my students and allow them and me to develop an individual relationship, which can be hard to do from the front of a classroom, especially with larger classes.
They can become a form of authentic communication for our students. This kind of real communication can be very hard to achieve within the classroom.
As a teacher learner diaries provide me with some really valuable insights into what my students think of my lessons, what they understand and what problems they are having.
In every class I've used them with, the atmosphere and general leaning dynamics of the classroom have been greatly improved.
The fact that I have a private and individual learning relationship with each student can have a very positive effect on student behaviour and class control, as I have a discrete means of finding out about and addressing the causes of behavioural problems.
Used over a period of time, students can look back at early diary entries and see how much their English has developed.
Setting up learner diaries I've used a number of different ways of setting up learner diaries, but the most important thing is to start a dialogue with the student and to provide something for them to respond to. I buy simple exercise books and write an introduction about myself in the beginning of the book and ask the students to write something similar about themselves.
I also write in a few questions about the students for them to answer. The students then have to answer my questions and write a few questions for me. Sometimes the questions I ask can be about school-related things, like which lessons they prefer or which activities or texts within my lessons they found most or least interesting.
Other times I've made the questions more 'personal', like asking them about their hobbies, friends or family. Sometimes I give the students the diary at the end of the lesson and get them to write in it for homework, but at other times I've tried using the last or first ten to fifteen minutes of the class for students to write in the diary.
A successful experience One of my most successful experiences with learner diaries was with a class of students who wanted more speaking practice. I recorded a brief introduction and instructions for some tasks that I wanted the students to do onto an audiocassette.
The tasks were mainly giving some basic information about their interests and what they found difficult about learning English. I gave the cassettes out at the end of a lesson and told the students to take them home and listen to them. The next class only a few of the students returned the cassettes to me.
The information they gave on the cassettes was really interesting and I was able to deal with some of their individual problems on the cassette. One wanted me to give examples of words which contained particular sounds from the phonemic chart, another wanted vocabulary for a particular topic.The following extracts are taken from the diary of Anne Frank between and , when she lived in hiding in Amsterdam with her family.
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