Wikipedia for Language Learning

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Wikipedia and Wikitravel for Language Learning
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Wikipedia for Language Learning

  1. 1. Wikipedia for Language Learning Collaborative Learning 
  2. 2. Wikipedia and Wikitravel for language learning <ul><li>Read, edit & create content </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant to students’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on accuracy & quality </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are Wikipedia and Wikitravel? <ul><li>Collaboratively created information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can add or change content </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki-based technology </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia = encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Wikitravel = travel guidebook </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is Wikipedia interesting? <ul><li>Content relates to students’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>Students gain an online voice </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is a household name & familiar to most students </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to use </li></ul>
  5. 5. How can we use it for language learning? <ul><li>Reading Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Editing Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Writing new content </li></ul>
  6. 6. I. Reading Wikipedia <ul><li>Source of information </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion (&quot;Talk&quot;) pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See debate behind main text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider editorial processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language of disagreement and discussion </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. II. Editing Wikipedia <ul><li>Edit content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct factual errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct gramatical / spelling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss how informatin is created </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bias in information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliability of information </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. III. Writing Content <ul><li>Create new articles or paragraphs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics according to students’ expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikitravel articles about home town </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual or group projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Simple English” Wikipedia for English learners </li></ul>
  9. 9. Appropriate Pedagogies <ul><li>Task-based learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading, writing and researching tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dogme language teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content generates emergent language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations about bias, reliability etc </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Find Out More… <ul><li>Learn more about </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia and Wikitravel </li></ul><ul><li>in language learning... </li></ul><ul><li>www.avatarlanguages.com/teaching/wikipedia.php </li></ul>
  11. 11. Who Are We? <ul><li>An online language school, offering… </li></ul><ul><li>… one-to-one language classes </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Other languages </li></ul><ul><li>www.avatarlanguages.com </li></ul>

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