Creating a contribution for Wikipedia
Imagine that you are a student when you are perfoming the activity.
| You can:
write a contribution for the online-encyclopaedia Wikipedia;
write an informative text about your hometown or a town in your region;
collect, prepare and edit information in groups in order to produce an informative text that is addressed to a broad public;
discover a way for publishing texts online;
develop a feeling of responsibility for your own writing;
take part in a public, worldwide project.
- Link to a tool you might use >>
|Go to Wikipedia and check what information the site contains about your hometown.
If there is already an article about your hometown, you have two options.
a) Think of aspects that are still missing and might be added. You might find a keyword in the text for which you would like to create a new page with some additional information.
b) Write a text about a smaller, less known town in your region.
If you do not feel competent enough to add information right away, try to extend your knowledge about the town, using different external resources - in your own language or in any other language.
In groups, prepare your contribution.
Add your text to Wikipedia. >>
You may either want to modify an existing document or to add a new document, departing from a link of an existing page. Wikipedia offers comprehensive help and provides detailed information on how to create pages.
When you create your texts you will work on the editing surface. If you want to try out things first, use the Wikipedia Sandbox.
Editing texts for Wikipedia means you have to be familiar with the editing surface and the markup language.
Mind that certain rules regarding content (e.g. Copyright) are respected. -->
Mind that for the English version you have to be registered as a user and logged in when you want to create new articles.
Watch out for corrections and suggested amendments made by the Wikipedia editing-team or other users.
|Participating in Wikipedia is an opportunity for language learners to publish their texts in a real environment, addressing an audience that may read their online publication with a critical eye and make any necessary amendments.
Publishing texts for projects like Wikipedia can be an exciting experience for learners and might raise their awareness of the fact that their text is something that can be improved upon, extended or modified by other readers/writers.