In a previous post (see here), I discussed how it was possible to exploit a source text to generate a whole range of interactive exercises and worksheets based on the text itself, as well as on the lexical items within the text, and how this can be achieved in a matter of minutes using TaskMagic3.
This post will take a quick look at how short transactional or situational dialogues (or any short series of exchanges on any topic) can be exploited in a similar way, using the Dialogues component of TaskMagic3 as the starting point.
1. Type your dialogue into the Dialogues edit screen
2. Create a "Find it!" exercise
Select a target word or phrase from the dialogue and then type in the prompt for this word or phrase. You can type prompts in English, for example, to find TL words or phrases in the text.
You can use Find it! as a way of helping students to understand a more difficult text, or as a way of introducing or revising vocabulary in context.
Find it! is a really effective way of introducing (and revising) vocabulary in context, particularly in those situations where a lot of the information has previously been taught. Think, for example, of a GCSE French class which, in theory, has already 'learnt' school subjects and opinions etc in year 7. You don't really want to present the vocabulary items in isolation, as you may have done the first time. Using an exercise such as Find it! is a useful way of revising the topic and checking understanding.
Look at the exercises you have created so far.
So far you will have created the 9 interactive exercises on the above menu screen: Line Jumble; Half Lines; Word Jumble; Gap Dialogue (with 3 levels of difficulty); Space; Click & Fill; Anagrams; Word Guess; Find it!
And the Dialogues worksheets...
If you want to use your questions and answers from the Find it! exercise as the basis for a series of exercises practise and reinforce these lexical items, see the next step.
3. Export the Find it! prompts and answers as a Text Match exercise
Click here to open the TextMatch page on the TaskMagic website, with lots more information about the files available.
The Text Match exercises: Flashcards; Drag & Match; 3 in a Row; Against the Clock; Pelmanism 1 Player; Pelmanism 2 Players; True or False?; Multi-Match; Invaders; Maze; Spin; Tower Block; Pool; Type; Football; Doors; Hangman; Maze2; Invaders2; Snake; Jump!; Trainer.
And the Text Match worksheets...
4. Export your Dialogues file as a Mix&Gap file
5. Create a gap-fill exercise in Mix&Gap
Presuming that you stuck with the default selection of available exercises, you should now be able to choose from the following exercises on the Mix&Gap menu screen:
Some of these exercises are similar to those offered in the Dialogues file. e.g. Space (but now the text is in one block and you have to click to put it onto separate lines); Word Guess; Anagrams; Click&Fill; Find it!
But you also gain access to a few extra exercises: 1 in 3; Gap-fill; Text Mix; Next Letter 1; Next Letter 2; Tower Block; Next Word.
And, of course, the Mix&Gap worksheets...
So, as promised, loads of interactive and printable resources, based on a few minutes' work inputting a short dialogue and some "find it" prompts, plus a few extra clicks here and there.
For lots more information about creating resources in TaskMagic, go to http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk
If you already have TaskMagic3 on your computer, you can open the 3 files used in the examples above on the following links:
If you don't have TaskMagic3, you can get a free trial download from http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/trialdownloads.htm