I intended to write this blog as a follow up to the one onstudents writing for Wikipedia– and Ichecked back to see when it was written – almost exactly a year ago. Since then quite a fewarticles have been written by our students for Wikipedia. And now we are looking at other wikisites, such asWikitravel…Language learners often travel and so they have plenty of travel experiences to write about. Eventhose students who aren’t travelling much can write about where they live or another place theyknow well.There are a few challenges with this approach to writing…
Quality: ensuring that the quality is high – wikis are public resources and so the student’sinput should be clear and of a good level.
Accuracy: there is also the question of accuracy of information – although this is easilychecked according to sources that are referenced by the student
Speed: students also sometimes need to write quickly – a few months back I suggested astudent write about Obama – only to find that a lot of information was added to Wikipedia(Simple English version) a couple of days later.An advantage of Wikitravel (compared to Wikipedia) is that there are often opportunities to addcontent – even in English. Although some locations such as Bangkok have a great deal of detail,
others such asEsteli have very little text. True that Esteli is a little off the beaten track – but even
visitors to major destinations can add a paragraph or two about something specific. And of course, this is very much in the spirit of wikis – that everyone writes a little about what they knowabout.Interestingly, if the student is learning Spanish, then there are many more opportunities to writefor Wikitravel. As of today, the entry for Torontoin Spanish is looking a little on the thin side…
Toronto es una de las ciudades mas grandes y pobladas de Canadá, se distingue por la CN Tower que esta ubicada a un costado del estadio de los azulejos (el unico estadio en el mundo