Dictée for homework?

Using a combination of embedded video or embedded audio and a single activity textivate sequence, it's easy to create a dictation activity on textivate that your students can complete for homework. (Records their score and time taken too.)

See this French example based on Prévert's "Déjeuner du matin":
(Close the log-in box to have a go at the activity)

Here is the same activity embedded. Close the log-in box to have a go at it. Then click on the video icon to open the activity with the video embedded, so that you can listen to the audio.

CHALLENGES in textivate

Get your students competing in class or for homework with a Textivate CHALLENGE!!

A Challenge is a time-limited competition based on one or more of your existing textivate resources. (Anyone with a Premium or Group subscription can make challenges.)

The challenge menu

Click the trophy icon on the textivate home page (see image above). This opens up your challenge menu (see below), which lists all of the challenges that you have created. (It will be blank at first, of course, until you have created some challenges).

Chez moi (a textivate sequence = a substantial bit of homework)

This post features a textivate sequence, based on the following text:

J'habite une petite maison dans un village à la campagne.
Chez moi il y a six pièces en tout.
Au rez-de-chaussée il y a une cuisine, un grand salon et une salle de bains. Il n'y a pas de salle à manger chez moi.
Au premier étage il y a trois chambres.
Dehors il y a un grand jardin avec beaucoup d'arbres. Il y a aussi un garage.
J'aime bien ma maison parce que j'aime le jardin, et j'adore habiter à la campagne.

...and the following vocab items:

1. on the first floor = au premier étage
2. there is / there are = il y a
3. at my house / at my place = chez moi
4. in total = en tout
5. in the countryside = à la campagne
6. in a village = dans un village
7. on the ground floor = au rez-de-chaussée
8. there isn't (a) / there aren't (any) = il n'y a pas (de)
9. because = parce que
10. also = aussi
11. outside = dehors
12. I really like = j'aime bien
13. I love = j'adore
14. I love living = j'adore habiter
15. with = avec
16. a lot (of) = beaucoup (de)
17. a bedroom = une chambre
18. a house = une maison
19. a room = une pièce
20. a kitchen = une cuisine
21. a dining room = une salle à manger
22. a bathroom = une salle de bains
23. a garden = un jardin
24. a garage = un garage
25. a tree = un arbre


Why sequences?

Textivate is used primarily in the following ways:

  1. to create resources for students to use in class or at home.
  2. to create resources for use in class with an IWB.
  3. to print worksheets for use in class or for homework.
  4. to allow students to practise their own texts in preparation for assessments.

Many teachers and students use it as a way of practising language, learning vocab in context, learning a text etc. It is a great practice tool, a really easy way of providing lots and lots of repetitions of the key structures and vocabulary that you want your students to learn.

The addition of sequences greatly enhances and expands number 1 in the above list and adds a whole new dimension to textivate. Here's why...