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Little red hen doing this all by herself? Gadzukes! Your comments and suggests please!

First level category names


Or Language

The linguistics of English and other languages--grammar, orthography, phonology, contrastive-analysis, history of language.


The teaching of English

Or Teaching English

The teaching of English--procedures, materials, lessons plans.

Today contains 42 sub-categories--too many. So either "The teaching of English" should be divided up into several less broad top level categories, or it should lead to intermediate-level sub-categories that predictably divvy up its contents.

Possible intermediate-level sub-categories:

young learners
adult learners
English language proficiency level
Website reviews

The theory of language learning

Or Methodology

The theory of language learning--methodology, approaches, strategies (starts to branch into Practice but that is fine; sub-categories can reside under more than one top level category when appropriate), pedagogy theory.


rename. "The theory of language learning" may be a touch comical, as if language learning were a theory. Someone please suggest alternatives. Should we use something like "Methods and Approaches"? or "Theories of language learning"? The category Methodology we already have might do as this top level category but maybe we might broaden it a bit to include approaches, say "Methodology and approaches of teaching English"? Something that sets this category clearly apart from the nuts and bolts of procedures and materials for teaching English would be good. My thinking is for "The teaching of English" to cover the nuts and bolds and "Methods and approaches" to cover the thinking behind the design of the nuts and bolts. Someone please suggest top level category names that might say this. I will have User:Category-bot rename the category when find a good name for it. Thx! --Roger 22:34, 5 November 2012 (CST)

The profession of teaching English

Or The teaching community

Or English teaching community

The profession of teaching English--ELT conference, ELT organizations, schools, employment issues, job search resources.

organizations (that are not schools)

General stuff

General, er, stuff?

...please add comments...

divide. I propose we divide this into the other top level categories and then removed it because it is too ambiguous. --Roger 17:02, 4 November 2012 (CST)


Language stuff

...please add comments...

merge. I propose we merge this into Linguistics. --Roger 16:34, 4 November 2012 (CST)


Teaching theory stuff

...please comment...

merge. I propose we merge this into Category:The theory of language learning. --Roger 18:14, 5 November 2012 (CST)


How to use Teflpedia. Already too many pages. Maybe organize them into sub-categories, such as:


Or refactor (simplify and merge) the existing Help pages to a smaller set. It is probably best to link to advanced Help pages at MediaWiki.org instead of writing them ourselves here because advanced Help pages are time consuming to write well, and others have already done it there.

Category name suggestions


How about these for first level cats?:

  • Language
  • Teaching English
  • Methodology
  • The teaching community
  • Help



To link to a category in-line
Use a leading colon (:) like this [[:category:grammar]], otherwise you categorizing the page instead of getting an in-line link to a category.

About trees

We want a structure that is navigable, eg between 5 and 20 branches may connect to the trunk. On each of those branches between 5 and 20 sub-categories (sub-branches) which can each have between 5 and 100 leaves (pages) on them. This makes a navigable tree that branches out to approximately 10x10x100 (10,000) pages. That should do for some while I think. When we go beyond 10,000 pages we can add sub-sub-categories and accommodate 100,000 pages. After that? Maybe a page rating system to bring the best 100,000 pages to the top, each so ranked page could itself link to the rest of the pages like it that rank under it, which could compete for it's ranked spot.

Branches may overlap some--a category can be a sub-category of more than one top-level category when appropriate. But avoid category loops where a category is made a sub-category of one of its own sub-categories because that sends folks in circles.