—The literacy demands of work are changing in the face of current global communication networks. This paper focuses on the methodology adopted in a university degree to practise workplace interaction in English, the lingua franca in professional settings. In the present study, the authors have observed the effect of the incorporation of computer-mediated communication combined with simulation-type methodology to improve students’ workplace writing and motivation. Students worked in groups and “blogged” pseudo-professionally with other groups. The analysis of the results shows high motivation on the part of the students. The “writing for a purpose” has permitted more and better language, which indicates that blogs are a potential tool for the development of linguistic skills.
—Blogging, simulation, second language writing, virtual communication. workplace language.
The authors are with School of Informatics, Universitat Politècnica de
València, Spain (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Begoña Montero-Fleta and Carmen Pérez-Sabater, "Communicating Virtually: The Case of Blogging in Professional Environments," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 534-537, 2016.