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.

"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

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:

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.