Text Match exercises - what to match? (1) English to FL

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?" - will explore some ideas for the kinds of things that teachers can use as the basis for their text matching exercises. Each blog post will contain screenshots of - and links to - interactive exercises as well as worksheets which can be viewed online, downloaded, printed etc. (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE WORKSHEETS)

Matching English with the foreign language is probably the most common use of Text Match, so that's where we'll start.

See the Text Match edit screen below:

In the example above 16 English expressions have been matched with 16 Spanish equivalents. The file could just as easily contain just 5 or 6 matching items. Or you can include hundreds of items in the same file. See this post about Text Match files based on longer lists.

It's best to place the English on the left and the FL on the right, since some of the games available are based on reconstructing or spelling the text item on the right, and this wouldn't really make sense if that item were in English.

See the range of activities on the menu screen below, all generated automatically based on the above items:

So that's 22 interactive games and exercises based on the same info. The Drag & Match screen (below) is just one of the exercises available.

And the following worksheets are all generated automatically based on the same items.


Sp School Subjects Days Etc Match       


Sp School Subjects Days Etc Multi Match 

Pairs Cards

Sp School Subjects Days Etc Pairs Cards 


Sp School Subjects Days Etc Write 


Sp School Subjects Days Etc Snake 

Snake (Solution)

Sp School Subjects Days Etc Snake Solution 


Sp School Subjects Days Etc Dominoes 

See the Text Match page on the TaskMagic3 website for details of all of the interactive exercises and worksheets available in the Text Match component of TaskMagic3 (including notes on the level of difficulty of the various activities, suggestions for use in class etc).

If you already have TaskMagic3 on your computer, click here to open the above Text Match file in TaskMagic3. Right-click the link for options to save the file to your computer so that you can then open it with TaskMagic Create and edit the contents.

If you don't already have TaskMagic3, you can download a 30-day trial from http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/trialdownloads.htm

Visit the TaskMagic website for lots more information about TaskMagic: http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk

See this video tutorial on creating Text Match files in TaskMagic3:

See these extensive video tutorials on all aspects of creating Text Match exercises.