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):

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?


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


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.