italki Articles - Guidelines and Requirements


Thank you for your interest in contributing to italki Articles! We are very excited you have made it here, we believe italki Articles are mutually beneficial for students, teachers, and avid language enthusiasts alike. In order to contribute to italki Articles, please read over the below terms and conditions and submit your article below.

 

 

WHY PUBLISH ON ITALKI?

 

italki Articles is an international online publishing platform. We publish articles almost daily in multiple language categories. Our readers are language students and language enthusiasts from every country in the world, learning the language you teach -- and will write about.

 

Every article that's published on italki links directly to your italki profile. Sometimes, we will also promote an article throughout our Internet presence to make sure that it reaches as many potential language learners as possible. This gives you the chance to stand out in the online language teacher platform.

 

If you are not a native English speaker, don't worry! Most of our non-English teachers aren't, and we have a team of editors dedicated to getting your article up to speed. This means, every article that's accepted undergoes an editorial process. Keep in mind this can take time (and it also varies in time). 

 

 

WHAT IS AN ITALKI ARTICLE?

 

It is very hard to define what makes an italki Article and any definition we give will only limit what an italki Article could potentially be. For now let's say that an italki Article is any article published on italki by a Tutor or Teacher that provides useful information on specific language-learning.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Answered

1. How long should my article be?

  • We are looking at a target range of around 850 - 1,000+ words, depending on your content.
  • Articles that are more than 1,000 words and go in-depth into a specific topic are much more useful to students, and are therefore more likely to be talked about and shared.
  • However, if you do write about a topic and it ends up being very long (say 2,000+ words), please consider splitting your article into two or multiple parts.

 

2. My article has been accepted, but I don't see it on italki?

  • As mentioned above, there is an editorial process for every article received. On top of this, some of the more popular language categories (ex: English, Spanish) have a higher intake of articles. This surplus means your article might be in queue for publication.
  • If your article is about a language not in the table (below). We will surely publish it, but this may also take time to be rotated into publication.
  • Ultimately, just know that once your article has been accepted, it will NOT be forgotten.

 

3. How many articles can I write?

  • There is no limit on the number of articles you can write and submit for review.

 

4. What "tone" should my article be written in?

  • We are looking for high-quality articles that provide true value to the language learning community. Your article should be written in an authoritative, yet informal and/or fun manner.

 

5. What language should I write my article about?

 

We currently publish articles in the following language categories:

 

General Spanish

English

Japanese Russian

German

French Mandarin

 Korean

 

 

  • With that said, we highly encourage you to submit article ideas or even full articles on languages NOT listed in the table.
  • A "General" article talks about language learning insights, tips, techniques, etc. for all language learners. So if you want you can write about specific advice that can be applied to language learning in general, or even open up a new language category you can surely do so.
  • We usually open up a new language category once we have accumulated at least 5 articles for that language!

 

 

6. Be specific!

Articles that deal with a specific topic within a specific language will stand out more to students, get more attention, and have higher-quality discussions. When you write your article, please provide:

 

  • Give examples whenever possible.
  • Helpful links relevant to the information you provide.
  • Detailed information on the topic.
  • Details about how readers can practice the things you've written.
  • Think of ways that your article can start a great discussion.

 

 

 

7. Can I include links in my article?

Yes. Links that lead to other resources, blogs, or references are allowed, and even encouraged! Language learners want to find links to more information or online tools that will help them better understand what they are reading about. Links on a YouTube video, podcast, other language tools and content can also be included. Preferably, the linked content should be created by you, so as to also align with our plagiarism policy.

 

If you link to other articles you have written in the past, then it will give you more credibility as a source of knowledge. That said, we reserve the right to remove any links that we feel do not provide value to the reader, violate our terms of service, or appear like "spam". Allowing links is a privilege, please do not abuse it.

 

8. Who will receive credit for writing the article?

  • You will receive all the credit for your article, and we will link back to your italki profile in the "short bio" at the bottom of each article.

 

9. What should my article be about?

During the time that we have been publishing italki Articles and distributing your articles, we have learned a few important things about what type of content students like. Therefore, we want to pass our insights back to you, our teachers and potential writers. Learn more about our conclusions here.

 

In general, the best and most successful articles fall into one of two broad categories:

Articles about language learning

  • Online Resources for Language Learning: These explain not only what a particular online tool does, but how to use it to learn a language.
    • NOTE: This is not a space to promote personal brands or language methods. For example:
  • [Specific] Tips or Techniques for [General] Language Learning: These articles are about the most effective methods that you know of to learn a new language. For example:

    1. How To Use A Mind Map To Improve Your Language Learning
    2. Word Juggling, 4 Ways To Improve Your Memory Skills For Language Learning

Articles about learning X language

  • Specific Tips for Learning [LANGUAGE]. These articles should have expert advice on the best and most efficient ways to practice particular skills for a specific language. Articles that contain examples written in "list format" are highly recommended and shown to receive more views and shares. For example:

    1. 10 Ways To Improve Your English Speaking Fluency
    2. 15 Common English Mistakes Made By Russian Speakers

  • Educational Content for Learning [LANGUAGE]. These articles give students information about important vocabulary terms and grammar, and the correct ways to use them. For example:

    1. Gender In French: The Cheat Sheet
    2. 37 Must Know Japanese Expressions You Won't Find In Your Textbook

 

 

HOW DO I CREATE AN ITALKI ARTICLE?

You can start creating your article right now, in two separate stages. These are:

1. Title of proposed article & brief but detailed description on what you wish to cover in your article.

2. Submission of article idea & wait for reply -- approval.

3. Submission of full article document.

Please follow this format. We want to make sure that you do not spend too much time writing an article that might be rejected or needs to be re-written. Instead, we would like to work with you to make sure your best writing gets published on the site.

For an in-depth skeleton for appropriate italki Article guidelines, please refer to the italki Article Skeleton.

 

 

Stage 1 - Title & Description

Simply submit your idea about the article to us in this format:

  • Title of your article
  • 3-5 sentences describing what your article is about, one or two points you will make in the article, and most importantly - why is this idea unique, interesting to the reader, and how does it help a student understand the language or language-learning process better.

 

The most common reasons why we reject article ideas are:

  • A very similar article already exists on the site.
  • The article idea seems too general.
  • Topic is not related to language learning.
  • Topic is offensive and does not comply with our community guidelines.
  • Topic is plagiarized from outside of italki and/or not original content.

 

If your article idea is rejected, don't worry - you can always submit another one!

 

Students have found these kinds of articles especially helpful:

  • [20] must know words in [LANGUAGE]
  • [7] ways to improve [LANGUAGE]
  • How to speak [LANGUAGE] fluently [10] most common mistakes in [LANGUAGE] for [OTHER LANGUAGE] speakers
  • The Cheat Sheet for [GRAMMAR RULE] in [LANGUAGE]
  • [9] things you won't find in your [LANGUAGE] textbook

 

But remember, these are just examples! We welcome any suggestions you may think of. We have added another page full of ideas for articles here. Be sure to check it out!

 

 

Stage 2 - Full Article Draft

 

Please submit your finished draft only after you have been asked to do so in response to your Title & Description email. We will review the article in full, and decide if we will send it to our editors to prepare for publication, or ask you to rewrite or re-work part of the article.

 

Once your article is accepted then your article will be published, but the time of publication will be at the discretion of our content team, based on the needs of the articles section of italki.com.

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ARTICLE?

 

Have you read all of the above and are ready to submit an article? Submit your idea to the email below at articles@italki.com with the subject line to include: Language & [Article idea].

  • Please include your italki ID # (italki.com/teacher/######) in the email body.
  • You can check for your italki ID # by clicking "View Profile" on the top-right corner once you have logged into italki (and most likely when you are viewing your dashboard).
  • Only one submission per email.
  • *By clicking on "Submit Article Idea" you agree to italki Articles' Terms of Service 

 

If you have already written a full article:

 

Remember that to submit it you must include:

  1. The article as a word (.doc) file.
  2. Add a summary for your article. Make it descriptive and no longer than 25 words.
  3. Add your italki profile URL (italki.com/teacher/######) to the top of your article.
  4. Copy and paste the following sentence to confirm that you agree to our terms of service:

 

"I confirm that I have read, understand, and agree to submit my article according to the guidelines and requirements described on italki Articles' Terms of Service."

 

If you agree to the above conditions and if your article meets all of the requirements, you can submit it by emailing us at articles@italki.com

 

NOTE: Submitting your article does not guarantee that it will be published on italki. After submitting your article we will review it and you will be notified of whether your article will be published or not.

 

 

*By clicking on "Submit Full Article" you agree to italki Articles' Terms of Service

 

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