Spanish Verb Conjugation Exercise
Language Learning Express, or Lex for short, is a language learning
tool for working on authentic material on the World Wide Web. Lex can be
looked upon as a web
browser with special features for language learning. With Lex you can,
among other things, turn a web page into a gap-filling exercise. So if you
visit a web page with verb conjugation tables you can easily turn it into
a gap-filling exercise.
Below follows a step-by-step description of how to create a gap-filling exercise
on a web page containing Spanish verb conjugation tables. It is much easier to
follow the description if you download Lex and perform the steps
yourself. Click the Download button to download a
trial version of Lex.
Lex can be setup to study different languages by starting different Lex
sessions. In this example we will start the Spanish session which,
as all Lex sessions, consists of a set of tab windows. Then we click on the verbix tab window,
which contains the www.verbix.com site. There you enter the verb that you want to
conjugate and click GO.
The conjugation table shows up in a tab window
in the lower main window. See the snapshot below. Then you mark the words that you want to turn into gaps by
using the right-click menu. With just a few more clicks you can then turn the
marked words into gaps to create a gap-filling exercise.
The two-step process of first marking the words and then turning them into
gaps is described below.
1. Marking - the first step to create a gap-filling exerciseTo mark
a number of words you just right-click on
a selection of words and select "Mark" and then select your marking of choice. In this example
one column of words have already been
marked with "Mark 1" (yellow) and another one is about to be
marked. If you only want to mark some words of the selected words you
down the Ctrl key while making the selection. Then a hatched rectangle
appears that shows which part of the selection that will be marked.
2. Turn the marked words into gaps to actually create the gap-filling exerciseWhen you click on the
"Exercise" button on the toolbar of the lower main
window a small popup menu will appear. If you select
"Create Exercise" on that popup menu a Text Exercise Setup window will open in the upper main window
as in the example below.
By checking and unchecking the check marks in that
window you can switch the highlighting of the marked words on and off and you can turn the
marked words into gaps and create a gap-filling exercise.
3. Run the gap-filling exerciseAfter you have turned the marks
into gaps you click on the "Start" button to start
the gap-filling exercise. That will cause the Text Exercise Setup window
to be replaced by a
Scoreboard window as you can see in the snapshot below.
Then you just have to fill in the gaps and for each gap you will get
visual feedback in the Feedback section of the Scoreboard. If you need some help you can get that
from the Aid section and you will naturally get your
score from the Score section. Click here to read more about Feedback, Aid
In the gap-filling exercise below the four first words have been
filled in correctly. The fifth word has been filled in incorrectly. The
program gives feedback and waits for another try.
3. Save the gap-filling exerciseAfter you have created a gap-filling
exercise you can save it on your computer. Then you can later on run the
exercise locally and as you learn more advanced conjugations you can
extend the saved exercise by marking more columns.
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