tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:/posts The TaskMagic Blog 2017-02-25T11:30:25Z . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190578 2017-02-25T11:29:34Z 2017-02-25T11:30:25Z French modal verbs and question forming

Some French resources you may find useful for question forming using "est-ce que". The examples all use modal verbs - so any infinitive can be added to make a complete question. But the same structure would also apply to questions in present and other tenses.

I read an interesting blog post about the fact that language learners are used to answering questions but not so used to asking them. See: http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log/2011/01/when-answering-is-only-half-the-potential-of-a-question.html

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/743039 2016-11-23T13:30:02Z 2016-11-23T13:30:18Z TaskMagic3 extended trial for PGCE students / trainee teachers (2016-2017)

For the past few years we've run a "TaskMagic3PGCE extended trial", where TaskMagic has worked with university PGCE tutors to provide trainees with a free version of the TaskMagic software.

We're doing it again this year :0)

BUT... some thoughts for you to consider if you are an ITT provider:

  • Introducing PGCE students to TaskMagic works best if you can spend some time demonstrating its usefulness, rather than just saying "here's a free download you can get - go and try it out".
  • It may even be best to save it until later in the course, once students have spent a bit of time teaching.
  • Very often PGCE students do not know enough about the ins and outs of preparing lessons, differentiation, getting the most from existing resources, exploiting texts etc... to be able to appreciate just how much a tool such as TaskMagic can do and just what a time-saver it can be.
  • What we certainly do NOT want is for PGCE students to have a negative or indifferent experience with TaskMagic which causes them to dismiss it, having failed to grasp what it's all about.
  • So please - pretty please - spend a bit of time looking at what it can do. See the TaskMagic website; this TaskMagic blog which is packed full of resources.

Thank you for your understanding. Please read on for more details:

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190574 2016-06-16T10:35:18Z 2016-11-04T06:27:30Z Euro 2016 - French vocabulary resources - Match report...
Various pdf resources and a TaskMagic3 TextMatch file (mdl3) based on French vocabulary for describing a football match after the event. A variety of structures for talking about what happened, what should've happened etc.
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190589 2016-06-16T10:34:18Z 2016-07-08T10:59:52Z Euro 2016 - French vocab resources - describing a player
Some simple French vocab for describing a football player.

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French vocab for predicting what will happen in future football matches.
]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1010719 2016-03-10T12:12:31Z 2016-03-10T20:11:28Z French "sort-of" synonyms - for GCSE reading / listening

Some matching resources based on 75 pairs of sort-of synonyms in French.

These are often the sorts of things used in GCSE French reading and listening papers to catch students out.

Here is the TaskMagic3 Text Match file shown in the image above (this requires you to have TaskMagic3):

And some TaskMagic pdf worksheets:

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/646247 2016-02-05T16:53:47Z 2016-07-08T09:37:56Z ¿Quieres salir conmigo? Spanish mini-story

These resources are based on a short story about asking someone to go out / arranging to go out, with lots of high frequency expressions.

The text practises the following:

(no) quiero / quieres / quiere + inf   (+?s)
(no) me / te / le gusta + inf   (+?s)
porque
así que
voy / va / van
está + feeling
es + description
conmigo / contigo / con él / ella
a few freetime activities
+ lots of other high frequency expressions

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/643613 2016-02-05T16:53:08Z 2016-03-10T20:29:55Z Tu veux ... avec moi? (mini story)

These resources are based on a short story about asking someone to go out / arranging to go out, with lots of high frequency expressions.

There are 11 worksheets based on the text itself and 4 based on the vocab. These were printed from TaskMagic3 (Mix&Gap and TextMatch) using http://www.dopdf.com , and combined as 2 pdfs with lots of pages using http://foxyutils.com/mergepdf/

Of course, you would NOT do ALL of these activities, but I've included them all so that you can see what is available.
]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190656 2016-01-02T12:58:37Z 2016-07-08T13:31:58Z French: New Year's Resolutions - resources for KS3/4
The resources in this post are based on a file on NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS in FRENCH, which was sent to the mflresources forum in January 2011 (I think - thank you to the original sender.)

The contents for the resources are:
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190618 2015-12-09T10:34:37Z 2016-07-08T14:45:11Z French Christmas resources - Noël en France (exploiting a short text)

These resources are based on a short text about Christmas in France, which I think came originally from www.languagesonline.org.uk

There are 11 pdf files in all, all printed using dopdf - http://www.dopdf.com

The pdfs are based on a Mix and Gap file containing the text, which is also included below (mtx3). This file provides a wide variety of interactive exercises for use with PCs or with an interactive whiteboard. It requires TaskMagic3. If you haven't got TaskMagic3, you can download a 30-day trial from the TaskMagic website (doesn't require registration or anything - just download and install it).

If you've previously trialled TM3 and would like to trial it again, that's now possible. Also, if you'd like to arrange a longer trial period, that's now possible too. See the information at the bottom of the page at http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/trialdownloads.htm

The screenshot above shows the student front page for the file in TaskMagicPlay. In TaskMagic, each of the little thumbnails links to a different interactive exercise.

Here is the Mix&Gap file (requires TaskMagic3):

And here are the pdf worksheets:

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/924616 2015-10-30T10:29:51Z 2015-10-30T10:34:57Z French (GCSE level?) Halloween resources - text with exercises

The resources below are based on the vikidia article on halloween. I've taken a couple of bits of text out and put the last paragraph into the past. Here's the original article: http://fr.vikidia.org/wiki/Halloween

There are 11 pdf files all based on the same text.

I've also included the TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap file (mtx3) from which the pdfs were printed (using doPDF - http://www.dopdf.com), and which provides access to 18 interactive exercises for use with PCs and / or an IWB. This file requires TaskMagic3. (See http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/mixandgap.htm for more info about the Mix&Gap component of TaskMagic3.)

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Here is the Mix&Gap file (mtx3 -- requires TaskMagic3):

And here are the 11 worksheets:

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/902080 2015-09-07T10:51:53Z 2015-09-07T12:09:53Z MFL-focused interactive whiteboard software for all [roman script] languages and levels

Is your school still using Windows PCs / laptops connected to interactive whiteboards or projectors?

If so, have you thought about using TaskMagic to create interactive activities like those below to use with the whole class or teams?

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190647 2015-08-26T12:02:50Z 2016-07-08T10:02:25Z Picture Match - Spanish target language phrases for student use in class

The resources below are all based on basic Spanish TL phrases for students to use in the classroom.

The pdf worksheets below can be printed out or (some of them can be) used in full-screen mode with your projector or IWB.

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190649 2015-08-26T12:02:24Z 2016-07-08T11:13:00Z Picture Match - French target language phrases for student use in class

The resources below are all based on basic French TL phrases for students to use in the classroom.

The pdf worksheets below can be printed out or (some of them can be) used in full-screen mode with your projector or IWB.

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/856558 2015-05-15T15:16:38Z 2015-05-15T15:16:39Z Value for money... (2)

(Following on from this blog post)

Or, to look at it a different way...

A TaskMagic3 10 user licence is like MFL-focused interactive whiteboard software for a dept of up to 10 teachers (or share it outside the dept, why not?) for less than £25 per teacher.

AND that's a ONE-OFF payment. NOT a subscription.

AND it prints off a whole load of worksheets too.

(And because it isn't web-based, you don't need to rely on an internet connection :)

Links:

Prices, licences, order info

Testimonials

Exploiting texts

Making match-up games and activites for PCs and IWB

Making literacy and text-reconstruction resources based on texts

Making verb conjugation games for PC / IWB (and worksheets too)

Making picture and text match-up games for your IWB

Ready-made TaskMagic3 resources (for those who have TM3)

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/190590 2015-05-15T15:02:30Z 2015-05-15T20:22:11Z Value for money... (1)

The average UK secondary school has about 900 pupils.

That means that the average cost per pupil of buying a school licence for TaskMagic3 is about 45p.

And that's for a perpetual licence. So if you use TaskMagic for, say, the next 4 years, it works out at just over 11p per pupil per year.

And that includes the ability to create a wide variety of engaging interactive resources for use with interactive whiteboards or projectors, or with suites of PCs or school laptops, as well as a wide range of worksheets....

...for all ages:  KS2, KS3, KS4, 16+

...and for many languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese, Indonesian, English (etc. most roman script languages)

...as well as for non-language subjects, especially (but not only) for SEN and literacy work.

11p per pupil per year - based on average sized school buying a site licence and using it for 4 years.

And an upgrade to TaskMagic3 costs half the non-upgrade price.

So OK, TaskMagic only works on Windows computers, not Macs. Not on ipads*. But you can't argue with those prices, can you?

[*By the way, a licence to use TaskMagic3 on every computer in the school costs roughly the same as one  (1) ipad.]

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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/851563 2015-05-05T09:50:42Z 2015-05-05T09:58:23Z Carlota Isabel Diana :)

Some resources based on a text adapted from El Mundo. Suitable for AS Spanish?

This mtx3 file requires TaskMagic3... ...but the other 11 files below are pdfs that can be accessed by anybody.

It's dead easy to make your own resources like this to exploit any text using the Mix&Gap component of TaskMagic3.

Here are the pdfs, in no particular order:
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Another short GCSE French practice text, again taken from this fab pdf on rewardinglearning with absolutely loads of GCSE French voab and grammar practice:

Below are tons of pdfs printed from TaskMagic3, based on the one short text:
  • 3 x tile reconstruction - number in order or cut out and reorder.
  • 1 x multi-choice sequencing.
  • 1 x separate the words.
  • 1 x anagram text.
  • 1 x find the French.
  • 5 x gapfills: 1 with word list (this is the same exercise as the one featured on the pdf file on the link above); 1 multi-choice; 1 context-only gapfill; 1 verb transform gapfill; 1 with long gaps. These all test students in different ways.

And an additional 5 pdfs based on vocab taken from the text:
  • 1 x matching.
  • 1 x multi-choice matching.
  • 1 x pairs cards.
  • 1 x write the French.
  • 1 x dominoes.

You'd have to be completely mad to use all of these with your students. Select a few as appropriate. I've included them all to show you the full range of possibilities. (The only activity I haven't included is the multi-choice reading comprehension.)

Here are the 2 TaskMagic3 files, from which all of the pdfs were printed: 
  • 1 x Mix&Gap file (.mtx3) with 21 interactive activities based on the text.
  • 1 x TextMatch file (.mdl3) with 23 interactive games based on the vocab.
(These both require TaskMagic3.)

Here are the pdfs, in no particular order:
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Another short GCSE French practice text, again taken from this fab pdf on rewardinglearning with absolutely loads of GCSE French voab and grammar practice:

Below are tons of pdfs printed from TaskMagic3, based on the one short text:
  • 3 x tile reconstruction - number in order or cut out and reorder.
  • 1 x multi-choice sequencing.
  • 1 x separate the words.
  • 1 x anagram text.
  • 1 x find the French.
  • 5 x gapfills: 1 with word list (this is the same exercise as the one featured on the pdf file on the link above); 1 multi-choice; 1 context-only gapfill; 1 verb transform gapfill; 1 with long gaps. These all test students in different ways.

And an additional 5 pdfs based on vocab taken from the text:
  • 1 x matching.
  • 1 x multi-choice matching.
  • 1 x pairs cards.
  • 1 x write the French.
  • 1 x dominoes.

You'd have to be completely mad to use all of these with your students. Select a few as appropriate. I've included them all to show you the full range of possibilities. (The only activity I haven't included is the multi-choice reading comprehension.)

Here are the 2 TaskMagic3 files: 
(These both require TaskMagic3.)

Here are the pdf worksheets, in no particular order:
]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/843918 2015-04-21T07:26:40Z 2015-04-21T07:44:18Z L'exercice physique - short GCSE text with lots of pdfs

Short GCSE practice text taken from this fab pdf on rewardinglearning with absolutely loads of GCSE French vocab and grammar practice:
http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/common/includes/microsite_doc_link.aspx?docid=10386-2

Below you will find tons of pdfs printed from TaskMagic3, based on the one short text:
  • 3 x tile reconstruction - number in order or cut out and reorder.
  • 1 x multi-choice sequencing.
  • 1 x separate the words.
  • 1 x anagram text.
  • 1 x find the French.
  • 5 x gapfills: 1 with word list; 1 multi-choice; 1 context-only gapfill; 1 present tense verb transform gapfill; 1 with long gaps. These all test students in different ways.

And an additional 5 pdfs based on vocab taken from the text:
  • 1 x matching.
  • 1 x multi-choice matching.
  • 1 x pairs cards.
  • 1 x write the French.
  • 1 x dominoes.

You'd have to be completely mad to use all of these with your students. Select a few as appropriate. I've included them all to show you the full range of possibilities. (The only activity I haven't included is the multi-choice reading comprehension.)

If you have TaskMagic3, you'll be able to access these TaskMagic3 files:

Here are the pdfs, in no particular order:

]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/840743 2015-04-14T20:50:05Z 2015-04-14T20:56:42Z A Level Spanish resources on "man locked in cargo hold" news story

These resources are based on this news story on BBC Mundo:

There are several pdfs...

3 x tile activities, where the text is broken down into 8, 15 and 24 tiles. These can be either numbered or cut out and shuffled into the correct order.

A multiple choice sequence activity - choose from the 3 options to rebuild the story.

4 x gapfill activities. 1 with word list; 1 based on context only (mainly small words, prepositions etc); 1 transformation gap-fill (similar to the ones on some AS papers); 1 clause length gap-fill.

An anagram text activity, requiring students to rewrite the whole text by unscrambling anagrams.

Here is the Mix&Gap file used to print all of the above. It contains 18 interactive activities (but requires you to have TaskMagic3).
And here are the pdfs, in no particular order.
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/828903 2015-03-23T16:23:32Z 2015-04-01T20:40:20Z Text Match exercises - what to match? (5) Sentence halves

Text Match is probably the most used component of TaskMagic and can be used in so many different ways...

This series of blog posts - "Text Match exercises - what to match?" - explores some ideas for the kinds of things that teachers can use as the basis for their text matching exercises. Each blog post contains screenshots of - and links to - interactive exercises as well as worksheets which can be viewed online, downloaded, printed etc. (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE WORKSHEETS)

The key thing to remember when making matching activities based on matching sentence halves is that the matches have to be exclusive - i.e. you must make sure that there is only one sentence end that could possibly go with each sentence starter. It's no good making a resource based on the following data:

Je fais partie d'un club >> de foot
Je fais partie d'un club >> de tennis
Je fais partie d'un club >> de rugby
etc...

...because any of the end can match perfectly well with any of the starters.

Instead, you need to do this sort of thing:

Je fais partie d'un club de >> foot
Je fais partie d'un club >> de tennis
Je fais partie d'un >> club de rugby
etc.

...so that each match is exclusive.

The resources in this blog post are based on 16 sentences on the above topic in French.

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We've recently updated the TaskMagic website to give it a new fresher appearance.

Each of the 8 activity group pages has its own image gallery allowing you to view screenshots of all of the TaskMagic3 screens.

One big change is to the way ready-made exercises are accessed: we've now added them to dropbox. This means that it's much simpler for us to add, remove and edit ready-made content. It also means that users can copy or download individual files or entire folders. N.B. You don't need a dropbox account to access these files, but if you haven't already got a dropbox account, we'd highly recommend that you get one. (If you haven't got a dropbox account, click here to sign up to dropbox for free.)

We hope you like the changes.

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]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/778124 2014-12-03T16:45:19Z 2015-12-08T11:08:07Z Un mensaje de Papá Noel a los niños
The resources in this blog post are based on the text of this video: 
It's a crisis-busting message from Father Christmas, in the form of a short letter addressed to the children of the world.

There are 17 pdf files -- 11 based on the text of the letter and 6 based on the vocab. These can be accessed by anybody, either printed or used on-screen. (See below)

(Obviously you won't want to use ALL of these pdf files -- I've provided a selection so you can choose the most appropriate ones for your needs.)

I've also included the TaskMagic3 files from which the pdfs were printed:
(Both of these files require a version of TaskMagic3 - trial, licensed or home version)

Here are all those worksheets, in no particular order:
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/772932 2014-11-20T19:39:44Z 2016-03-10T19:37:06Z Bob est fatigué... - story with HF words etc.
This blogpost features a load of pdf files (15!) based on a simple story using lots of high frequency words, such as: 
tu dois
il doit
pourquoi est-ce que je dois...?
il veut
il ne veut pas
je veux
je ne veux pas
je ne veux rien faire 

The pdfs were printed from TaskMagic3 using doPDF.

You won't want to use all of the pdfs, of course. I've included them so you have a range to choose from. 10 of them are based on the story itself, and 5 are based on the vocab from the story. (See below)

The TaskMagic3 files are here too: (mtx3=Mix&Gap, see the image above; mdl3=TextMatch).
You need TaskMagic3 to access these. (Each one includes about 20 interactive exercises.)

And here are all those pdfs... :0)
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Below you will find 11 pdf files based on a simple story in Spanish using lots of high frequency words, such as: puedo, no puedo, ¿puedo?, no puedes, tienes que, necesito, necesitas, necesitaba, quiero, quieres...

The pdfs were printed from TaskMagic3 using doPDF.

You won't want to use all of the pdfs, of course. (I've included them so you have a range to choose from.)

The TaskMagic3 file is here (mtx3):

(You need TaskMagic3 to access this. It includes 18 interactive exercises.)

Here are those 11 pdfs (in no particular order). Anybody can access these:

]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/760183 2014-10-25T13:03:00Z 2014-10-25T13:05:54Z A level French resource on smartphone security
10 pdf files (and a TaskMagic3 file -- mtx3 --  you'll need TaskMagic3 to open this.)

The text is taken from BBC Afrique:
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This is the TaskMagic3 file:
And below are the 10 pdfs, in no particular order:
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/702326 2014-06-10T17:05:40Z 2014-06-10T17:08:52Z A World Cup match report (FRENCH GCSE?)
See the resources below -- mostly pdfs plus a TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap file. They're based on a short report of a match between England and Algeria from the last world cup. The report is in the past. The Find-the-French activity contains lots of key vocab for talking about a match in the past.

It only takes a few minutes to create your own resources like these based on any text. 

(The first link below is to the TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap file -- mtx3 -- with access to about 20 interactive activities.)
The worksheets are presented in no particular order:
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tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/686735 2014-05-05T14:42:39Z 2015-01-19T16:21:53Z Peppa cochon - l'anniversaire de Georges
Some resources below based on this Peppa Pig video in French:



The resources are based on a description of what happens in the story, rather than on the transcript of the video itself (although some bits of text are taken straight from the video).

What age / ability group would be able to cope with this, do you reckon?

There are 9 pdfs and a TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap file (mtx3 - requires TaskMagic3; provides access to 18 interactive activities), all based on the text.

With TaskMagic3 you can create your own resources like these based on any text in a matter of minutes.
]]> . . tag:taskmagic.posthaven.com,2013:Post/683169 2014-04-28T11:18:11Z 2014-04-28T11:21:42Z España - Campeones del mundo (2010)
These resources are based on a text I came across after the last football world cup in 2010, just after Spain had won the final. Ideal for KS4 / higher level KS3. (Probably also suitable for AS to be honest as a lead in to a discussion about the this year's world cup, predictions etc.)

There are 12 pdf worksheets in total -- 10 based on the text and 2 based on the vocab. Obviously you wouldn't use all of these -- it's a matter of selecting the most appropriate ones for your students.

I've also included the TaskMagic3 Mix&Gap and TextMatch files for those of you who have TaskMagic3. (These require TaskMagic3 and each one provides access to about 20 interactive games and exercises.)

It's dead easy to create your own resources like these in a matter of minutes using TaskMagic3. Try it out for yourself -- download the 30 day trial for the TaskMagic website.
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