See below for a selection of pdf worksheets which you can view online, save, print etc. The worksheets are based on items entered into a text grid using the Grid Match component of TaskMagic3.
The worksheets below were printed from TaskMagic3 using doPDF - http://www.dopdf.com - a free program which adds "print to pdf" to your printers list.
This works by pairing up the row and column headers (in yellow above) and matching them to the text items in the appropriate grid squares. So based on the information typed in for the above file, we have prompts and answers which look like this:
[hablar] [yo] >>> hablo
In the examples on this page, 9 rows and 5 columns have been used, making a total of 45 items. But you can make exercises like these based on up to 12 rows and 5 columns. The minimum requirement is 3 rows and 3 columns, making a total of 9 items.
Now to the worksheets:
The blank grid can be used for all sorts of things.
Students can use them to play speaking games, e.g. 3 in a row; Battleships. Students play in pairs (or groups of three) and provide spoken responses appropriate for each square in order to place their mark on the grid (or to attempt to hit the opponent's ship in Battleships). This requires the teacher to allow all students to be playing / speaking at once, so it can get pretty noisy. The teacher's job is to circulate and monitor (making sure answers are correct / correctly pronounced, and that students are using the target language...).
At a very basic level, you can use the grid as the basis for listening, reading and writing activities:
Listening: Questions 1 to 10. T says question number, then a verb form (e.g. comemos). SS have to write the number in the correct box on the grid.
Reading: Questions 1 to 10. On the board, T writes question number, then verb form (e.g. hablan). SS have to write the number in the correct box on the grid.
Writing: T writes the numbers 1 to 10 at random points in the grid. SS have to write the correct verb form. Or you could ask them to write the correct verb form in each box.
This is just a case of matching the item on the left with the item on the right (e.g. by numbering the item on the right). The example above has 45 items, which stretch on to 3 pages. You can have a maximum of 16 items per page, so 24 items would place 12 items on each page (and 60 items = 4 x 15) etc. You can choose how many of the available items to print, so if you want a one page worksheet based on the above, simply set TaskMagic to print 16 (or fewer) items.
A multiple choice activity based on one correct match and two incorrect macthes for each question. (Maximum 16 items per page, as above). You can choose how many of the available items to print, so if you want a one page worksheet based on the above, simply set TaskMagic to print 16 (or fewer) items.
These should be cut up into individual squares and can be used for kinaesthetic matching (i.e. SS move the cards around on their desk to place the matching items in pairs) or for a memory games (which in this case might be a bit of a challenge as there are a total of 90 cards - but you can set TaskMagic to print a reduced number of cards). I'm sure there are other card games that can be played - essentially you have 5 'suits' each with 9 cards in the above example.
The shape of the required answer is shown next to each question / prompt. (Maximum 16 items per page, as above). You can choose how many of the available items to print, so if you want a one page worksheet based on the above, simply set TaskMagic to print 16 (or fewer) items.
These are to be cut out as dominoes so that students can play in pairs or small groups. You can choose how many of the available items to print, so if you want a game based on fewer dominoes, simply set TaskMagic to print the number that you want.
So much more than worksheets...
As you'll know if you know anything about TaskMagic, the worksheets are just the side show rather than the main event - an added extra.
Grid Match files in TaskMagic3 provide access to up to 24 interactive games and exercises for practising the same content in a variety of ways and at a variety of levels. The activities can be used with individual PCs or for whole class use with an interactive whiteboard or multimedia projector.
See the Grid Match page on the TaskMagic3 website for details of all of the 24 interactive exercises shown on the menu screen above and the worksheets available in the Grid 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 Grid Match file in TaskMagic3. Right-click the above 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
Check out the 'Ready-made exercises' section of the website for hundreds of ready-made TaskMagic3 files: http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/readymade.htm