How to make TEXT + MATCHING exercises in one TEXTIVATE resource.

How to make TEXT + MATCHING exercises in one TEXTIVATE resource (such as the resource shown in the above image).

1. Click on the 'new' button to clear the textboxes on the textivate front page.

2. First, add your text. Click on the "Text" tab and type or paste a text of up to 500 words. Can be multiple paragraphs.

3. The click the "Match" tab and add your matching items. These should appear as one matching pair per line, with matching items separated by == (use tab or enter to automatically add == or a line return).

That's it.

Here's an example of what the text would look like in the "Show all" text box before you press the 'textivate now' button:

Cuando voy al colegio llevo pantalones negros, una camisa blanca y un jersey rojo. Llevo también unos zapatos negros y unos calcetines grises. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué llevas cuando vas al colegio?
###match###
when I go to school==cuando voy al colegio
I wear==llevo
black trousers==pantalones negros
a white shirt==una camisa blanca
a red pullover==un jersey rojo
I also wear==llevo también
some black shoes==unos zapatos negros
some grey socks==unos calcetines grises
what about you?==¿y tú?
what do you wear?==¿qué llevas?
when you go to school==cuando vas al colegio
I go==voy
you go==vas
you wear==llevas 

That really is all there is to it. When you click the textivate now button, the above data will be transformed into a range of interactive exercises, some based on the short text, others based on the matching items.

Try it.

Copy the above text, go to the textivate website, click the 'new' button, and paste the text into the "Show all" textbox. Then click on "Textivate now" to see all the activities that have been generated!

You'll need a log-in to get any further than that (i.e. to see the activities themselves).

If you don't have a log-in, you can access the many activities via this link: http://www.textivate.com/menu-owljn1

See this video which demonstrates how to create a new resource with text and matching items.

How to make vocab / matching exercises in textivate

1. Click on the 'new' button to clear the textboxes on the textivate front page.

2. Click on the "Match" tab.

3. Inside the "Match box" type your 'left' and 'right' matching items, one matching pair per line, with matching items separated by ==
(Tip: you can use Tab or Enter to automatocally add the == or the line return as appropriate)

That's it.

Here's an example of what the text would look like in the "Show all" text box before you press the 'textivate now' button. (In the "Match" box you won't see the ###Match### at the beginning - just the matching items):

###match###
a house==une maison
a flat==un appartement
a living room==un salon
a dining room==une salle à manger
a kitchen==une cuisine
a bedroom==une chambre
a bathroom==une salle de bains
a garden==un jardin
my bedroom==ma chambre
my parents' bedroom==la chambre de mes parents
on the ground floor==au rez-de-chaussée
on the first floor==au premier étage

That really is all there is to it. When you click the textivate now button, the above data will be transformed into a range of interactive exercises.

Try it.

Copy the above text, go to the textivate website, click the 'new' button, and paste the text into the "Show all" textbox.

(Then let me know how easy it was :0)

N.B. We highly recommend putting the L1 on the left and the L2 (target language) on the right, as this means that the more difficult text entry activities require the student to type in the target word or structure rather than an English translation.

See this video, which shows how it's done:

You have to subscribe, right?

Question:

You have to subscribe before you can create your own texts, right?

Answer:

Basically, yes.

If you subscribe (or if you have a student login because your school has a Premium or Group subscription) you can take full advantage of the site's interactivity by using texts that you paste in there and then. Or you can save texts / resources to local storage, to access them later on the same device. You can save 100s of resources in local storage.

You need to have a subscription (Premium or Group) if you want to save something to share with others via a hyperlink or embed code, or (Basic) to access your own saved resources on a different device.

If you have a Premium or Group subscription you can also get your students to log in using the student login and share text with them in other formats (word doc or txt file) which they can then copy and paste into textivate and have access to all the activities. The student log-in also allows students to play around with their own text and submit scores based on textivate sequences.