Using Wikipedia (or not) in EAP activities


Today we discussed the use of Wikipedia either as a teaching tool or as inspiration for wiki-related and website evaluation activities. You can read the transcript here.

Potential readings & audio

Badke, W. (2008) “What to Do with Wikipedia,” Online 32, no 2.

By Stevie Benton (WMUK) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons (This is an interview with David White from the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education. He speaks about his research related to Wikipedia and perceptions of the free encyclopaedia.)

Binkley, P. (2006) “Wikipedia Grows Up”, Feliciter 52, no. 2, 59-61. [alt:]

Geisel, N. (2011) The Wikipedia Dilemma, TeachPaperless. [blog] posted November 24, 2011.

Seburn, T. (2013) “A wiki activity to introduce insight into Wikipedia,” 4C in ELT. [blog] posted January 30, 2013.

Blog / comment points

  1. How can we use Wikipedia as a teaching tool?
  2. Do you know of any example ways other teachers have used Wikipedia with their students?
  3. Other points of view?

2 thoughts on “Using Wikipedia (or not) in EAP activities

  1. Julie Moore (@lexicojules)

    After our #EAPchat yesterday, I watched a really good TV programme (on the BBC – “Google and the World Brain”) about the whole Google Books project, which raised lots of interesting, and rather worrying, issues about online information. It all prompted a new blog post, which is really more about Google, but veers into Wikipedia territory too 🙂

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