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This conference paper was originally published as Jones, H and Bissoonauth-Bedford, A, Developing a bilingual blog as a platform for language learning in French: A pilot study, Proceedings of the Emerging Technologies Conference, University of Wollongong, 18-21 June 2008.


This paper outlines the preliminary stages of the development of a bilingual blog for use in a third year undergraduate French class with a view to enable asynchronous written communication between students at University of Wollongong and universities in France with whom our university has exchange agreements. The bilingual blog was chosen as an aid to extend the learning experience of students from social, cultural and linguistic perspectives. It also aims at preparing students for their study period abroad more effectively whilst working on their language skills. A social network site was developed with appropriate activities to facilitate discussions and networking in the foreign language. In this paper the rationale behind the choice of a blog is described, the design and development processes are explained followed by an analysis of the problems and issues that arose and possible solutions that could be incorporated in future projects. The paper concludes with a discussion of future development and ways in which this activity could be repurposed for other subjects.