French - text repeated in various tenses to focus on tense structure.

I thought I'd try this out.

One simple daily routine text in the present tense (every day).

Then the same text in the perfect tense (yesterday).

Then in the simple "aller + infinitive" future (tomorrow).

Then finally in the imperfect (when I was little).

See the various embedded exercises below, which are normally accessed via these buttons on the textivate menu screen:

1. Drag the tiles into the correct order. (NB. It starts with "Tous les jours..."):

The textivate text types: Public - Shareable - Private - MySite

Some information about the 4 different text types available to textivate users. In a nutshell they work as follows:

  • Public = accessible by all and searchable via the textivate browser.
  • Shareable = shareable via url or embed code. NOT searchable via the textivate browser.
  • Private = only accessible by the text contributor, when logged in, via the "My online texts" browser.
  • MySite = only accessible when embedded on the site specified by the contributor.

The exercises below give a bit more information about the text types.

(The text used for the exercises below is a public text.)

Two types of gap-fill (cloze)

A new button has been added to the textivate front page / editor screen: "Extra gap-fill" (see image below):

This allows you to create an extra gap-fill exercise (funnily enough) based on your own gaps, in addition to the automatically generated one. If you click this button you are presented with a screen on which you can toggle gapped words simply by clicking them.

Textivate - Notable mentions so far...

I'm pretty pleased with the response since textivate was launched. (Updated 19th Sep 2012)

Notable mentions include: 

Create Instant Interactive Text Based Activities from Nik Peachey's QuickShout blog. Some nice comments here beneath Nik's very positive review. This review in particular was widely reproduced and re-blogged, scooped etc...

Top Technologies for Language Learning - the Tools section of the Speechy Project website. (Gold medal / 1st position last time I looked). You can see the full review by clicking on the image, or click here.

Using for simple interactive tasks from Baiba Svenca's EFL blog "B's Life with English" - a great example of one way of approaching the teaching of a text using textivate.

"textivate" has potential, BUT... in which Larry Ferlazzo says that the downside of textivate is that it doesn't allow teachers control over things such as gapped words. I've replied to him on the blog post, if you're interested.

Textivate - a review by Steve Smith of - this was the first review to appear, just one day after textivate was launched, and I think Steve's assessment of what textivate does and how it compares with TaskMagic is pretty good.

Have you tried it yet?


(Image above shows the menu screen - each 'button' links to an automatically generated interactive exercise based on the text.)