"La tomatina" (embedded video + embedded Spanish gap-fill)

This blog post features a video from RTVE showing some footage from today's "Tomatina" festival in Buñol (Comunidad Valenciana). The video has no commentary, but sets the scene nicely for the text / exercise which follows, which is a gapfill exercise based on a text about the history of "La tomatina" taken from the official tomatina website at http://www.latomatina.es/historia/

The gap-fill exercise is accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

The Tomatina festival takes place each year on the last Wednesday in August. Watch the video below of this year's Tomatina, which took place on Wednesday 29th of August, and then have a look at the exercise beneath it based on a text describing the origins of "La Tomatina".

Los deportes ("Initials" example)

The embedded activity below is based on a short Spanish text about sports, practising basic introductions, "me gusta(n)", "practico", "juego a" etc.

This is an example of the "Initials" activity, which can be accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

The exercise below can completed by typing in the missing letters, or you might simply use it as an oral stimulus.

Mes vacances (combining embedded video and embedded textivate exercise)

This post contains an example of combining embedded video from youtube with an embedded textivate exercise.

The video is a song about "Mes vacances" by Tom Poisson, which I've already blogged about on the TaskMagic blog: http://taskmagic.posterous.com/french-song-resources-mes-vacances

The activity shown below is the "Next Word" activity, which can be accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

Here is the video / audio:

Pregnancy and birth (KS3 science text - paragraph sort)

The exercise embedded below is based on a short text about the development of the embryo / foetus during pregnancy and what happens during birth. It demonstrates the "Paragraphs" activity, which is accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

The Paragraphs activity only appears if there are more than 3 line breaks in your text. Although it is called Paragraphs, you can in fact create the activity by placing line breaks (ie. click in text and press return) at key points in your text, or at the end of clauses or sentences.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (gap-fill example)

Here's another example of embedding a textivity on a blog. This gap-fill exercise is based on Shakespeare's sonnet XVIII.

The gap-fill exercise is accessed via this button on the textivate menu screen:

Note that if you click on the "textivate.com" image at the top left of the exercise, you'll be directed to the textivate front page. From there, you can access lots more exercises based on this and other texts.

Embedding textivate exercises

You can embed any public or shareable textivity on your own website, blog etc, just as I have done below.

If you open a text via the text browser, or via a direct hyperlink, or if you upload your own text, you will see a "share" button at the top right of all pages featuring that text. If you click this "share" button, you can copy the embed code into the html of your webpage or blog.

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