Why a wiki:
- Students collaborate more.
- Students think more critically about the content.
- Students are empowered, serving as author and editor.
- Students write to a larger audience, increasing motivation.
- Teachers can still monitor individual progress and contribution.
How to wiki:
- Create and make students aware of the rubric.
- Choose a user-friendly program and train students how to use it.
- Train them on what it means to collaborate, and design tasks that demand it.
- Train students how to edit, and provide them with your own regular feedback.
What to wiki:
- Create a class textbook.
- Brainstorm class topics.
- Create a list of language reference materials or websites.
- Post writing samples and comment on each other’s work.
- Plan a school or community project, meeting, or conference.
I know my suggestions are all very general, but you know your students better than I do. Choosing the right task gives you a chance to demonstrate that you know what is relevant.
What I would also suggest is trying this on a larger scale in cooperation with other educators. Share lesson ideas and information about learners. Share links and other resources to encourage professional development. Build a support system within your staff.
If anyone has tried this in his or her own TESOL school or classroom, I would be very interested to hear if it was successful and what you learned from the process.