What is a blog?

Here’s a great video that explains some of the basic principles of blogging.

Watch the video with your partner and answer the questions on your handout.


The Writing Process

In this class, we will be starting our very own blogs. But first, we need some help.

This is an animated video about the process of writing. It was made by a blog writer. In the video, he explains how he writes successful blogs.

Watch the video from 2:18-8:38 and then answer the questions on your worksheet.


Exploring Social Media

For our first computer activity, we’re going to figure out what some of the most popular social media are like and what they’re used for.

To start, go to http://www.pinterest.com and start browsing Pinterest. While you do this, try to answer the following questions:

  • Who uses Pinterest?
  • What do people use Pinterest for?
  • Is Pinterest useful?
  • Do you use Pinterest?
  • What would/do you use Pinterest for?

Once you have finished with Pinterest, do the same thing on the following social websites:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • Tumblr
  • Vibo

Follow-up questions (please e-mail your responses to jwhite@gvenglish.com):

  1. Which social media do you use?
  2. Are you interested in signing up for any of the social media sites you looked at today?
  3. Which social media sites would you be interested in focusing on in class?

Course Outline

English and Social Media Course Outline

Study Block:  7

Instructor: Josh White


Option 1 Class: 1:05pm – 2:10pm


In this class you will practice your English skills through the use of computers, the internet, and other multimedia. Class assignments and activities will be distributed online via the class blog. Class assignments may include the following:

  • Creating print and online resumés
  • Creating and maintaining a blog
  • Creating and editing videos
  • Creating and maintaining a Twitter account
  • Creating and conducting surveys



Your assessment for the class will be based on three criteria:

  1. Attendance and participation in class   /5
  2. Weekly projects, assignments, or quizzes   /5
  3. A final project assessment   /5