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englih entries from Italy[edit | edit source]

Hi I'm matteo Ruffoni an italian teacher. My students and I are writing some entreies in en.vikidia to practice our english. Help us correcting our work. Isuggets to my students to put the {{...}} To improve This section is empty or incomplete. Your help is welcome to improve it! on the entries under construction. Ciao. --Mattruffoni (talk) 16:52, 12 January 2017 (CET)

Hi Notification Mattruffoni, I see that your students are indeed starting to write content, each with their own focus and at their own pace. Some have made attempts to format their newly added content, few have created links or tried to insert images, one looked for a template... That's good. Some hints:
  • Encourage your students to prepare content in their own sandbox, where they can start with either text copied from elsewhere or brainstorming ideas written in any language. Once they'll have converted that basic material into a sensible text, they can copy/paste the result into the target page.
  • Some may prefer writing directly in the target article. This is fine as well, but then it's better to add one sentence at a time in English rather than blocks of copied text or ideas yet to be organized and rewritten.
  • In any case, once the target page exists, updates should be done in a way that respects previous contributions: collaboration is not just between the 2-3 students working together, it's also possibly with other contributors. I saw one case where the whole existing content was just replaced. Even though it made sense in terms of text, the links, categories and portal should have been preserved. I didn't react on the individual case (also because more work had been done since then), maybe you could explain this as/when appropriate to the group.
  • You may encourage your students to create some links to other pages, or create links in other pages to the pages that they're creating or improving.
  • They may also link articles to portals (see Vikidia:Portals) by including a "portal banner" template (see Category:Portal banner templates).
  • The page Help:Wiki syntax may help those who feel a bit lost regarding the formatting.
  • For those who would like to include images: Help:Images.
To you and your students: have fun ! Klipe (talk) 18:27, 19 January 2017 (CET)
Hi Klipe I delivered your suggestions to my students and the next wednesday when I see them in class will repeat them by voice --Mattruffoni (talk) 18:25, 20 January 2017 (CET)

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