Today, I would like to present you a project I have started some time ago. The ELT Wikipedia Project.
What is the ELT Wikipedia Project?
This project started shaping up when, already in the middle of another wikipedia project and while browsing through the website, I realised there was a lack of references especially about significant, prominent ELT people (authors, theorists, etc.) in wikipedia. Yet, I thought that there was room for more than ELT personalities. We could write about terms, associations and anything else relevant to the ELT world. Thinking that such a project would interest several people and not just me, I invited first people that I already knew they would be interested in taking part in it.
What does the project involve?
There are 3 main sections in the project :
English Teaching Associations
1st Section : ELT Personalities
The goal is to :
write short or longer articles about important ELT professionals, e.g. Penny Ur, Luke Meddings, Peter Medgyes, Jeremy Harmer, Ken Wilson, Barbara Hoskins, Nik Peachley, Nicky Hockly, Lindsay Clandfield, JJ Wilson, Rachael Roberts, Vicki Hollett, Chuck Sandy, Marjorie Rosenberg, etc. for WIKIPEDIA. For the time being, there is no reference on any of them except for a short reference on Scott Thornbury and one two more short references.
Section 2 : ELT terms
There are already several ELT terms mentioned in wikipedia, but there is need for more ELT terms to be included. Several terms already exist, but they need more references or need to be edited, or enriched.
Some others do not exist at all.
Section 3 : ELT Associations
Only IATEFL is listed briefly
Possible entries for it could be : ELTA Serbia, IATEFL-Hungary, TESOL GREECE, TESOL Macedonia Thrace, BELTA Belgium, TESL Toronto, SEETA teacher association, etc.
Who can be involved?
ELT undergraduate or postgraduate students
Anyone related with ELT who is interested in our project and has, at least, ‘some’ writing experience.
How can you can be involved?
You can contact me
Ask to join our facebook group :
In what way can you be involved?
Decide what you would like to write about. Check our list (the list can be found in our facebook group, or you can ask it from me) to see if another editor is already on it.
We will help you with the details on how to write a wikipedia article and we will make some suggestions about what should be included.
Also, more than one person can be involved in writing an entry, in case you would be interested in co-writing an entry with a friend/colleague.
How else can you contribute?
If you do not want to write about something, there are other ways you can help :
Suggest more ELT personalities we should write about and explain why
You can suggest an article that you have already written (perhaps for your personal blog) and we can discuss together if this can be a possible wikipedia entry.
Improve on already written terms
How long do you have to dedicate?
We suggest that a rough deadline is 30- 40 days
BUT, several entries can be written in way less time!
How will you get credit for your contribution?
Your contribution will be published on Wikipedia, as well as on our blog with your name.
You can also keep a reflective journal of your experience. If you don’t have a blog, we’ll publish it for you.
If you write about an ELT personality, you can also consider interviewing this person.
Already, several entries are ready for wikipedia. Soon, we will start posting them.
I hope you will find the project interesting!