Students contributing to Hebrew Wiktionary: Process and Challenges
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||Hebrew Education Coordinator
The format of this submission is a:
- Lecture and short experience - 25 min (20 min + 5 min for questions)
Length of session
In this session, I will present a new project for high school students to write Wiktionary entries on Hebrew idioms that come from Jewish sources.
The project requires the student to understand the idiom in order to write its definition and sample sentences. Experience shows that to understand the idiom, students must know the context of its source and understand in which historical period and in which context it was first used. In addition, they need to develop research and writing skills.
As part of this project, I wrote a training tool for high school Hebrew language teachers to instruct their students in writing Wiktionary entries and to lead them step by step to the exact definition and usage of each idiom.
I believe that in any language, we can learn both from the project's benefits and from its challenges. Every language in use today has a long history, and developed during hundreds years. Defining idioms and writing sample sentences requires one to be conscious of the historical development of the language.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
This session is connected to the fourth sustainable development goal of the United Nations which is "Quality Education". It will deal with a vocabulary enrichment project, which requires engagement with traditional texts and development of research and writing skills.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- The participants will understand the benefits that students may receive from participating in a Wiktionary writing project.
- The participants will also appreciate the challenges of such a project and will become acquainted with the training tool developed by Wikimedia Israel to support the research and writing process
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: A classroom with a projector and a screen.
- Audience: The audience should be a few tens of people, who have some connection to language teaching, or traditional and religious texts in general.
- Recording: This session is appropriate for filming by a single fixed-location camera, sharable on the internet, with a free-licence.
- Schedule: I request that my session will not be on Saturday. Due to religion practice., I can not lecture on Saturday.