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  Dialogues - Games and exercises based on a short dialogue
 
 
Dialogues Front Page
Dialogues Edit Screen
Dialogues Worksheets
Dialogues creates a wide range of exercises based on a short dialogue. Exercises are variations on re-ordering, gap-filling and text re-building formats. A sound file can be included to support your exercise.
- The edit screen in TaskMagic Create allows the teacher to type in a dialogue with up to 14 lines of text. For shorter dialogues the exercises resize to fit the screen.
- Quick Input feature allows you to paste a dialogue into a single text box before inputting into TaskMagic
- You decide which exercises will be available when the student opens your file. If you make all exercises available, the students will have access to up to 9 separate games and exercises in Dialogues
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- 10 worksheets can be printed in Dialogues. Click here for more information about Dialogues worksheets.
- Scroll down or click here for more information about using Dialogues files, or click on any of the game screens below to find out more.
Dialogues Games & Exercises
Line Jumble
Half Lines
Word Jumble
Space
Click + Fill
Anagrams
Word Guess
Gap Dialogue
Find it!
Dialogues Worksheets
Line Jumble: number the lines of the dialogue in the correct order, or cut them out and rearrange.
Half Lines: match the beginnings and ends of each line of dialogue.
Word Jumble: Re-write the dialogue, putting the words in the correct order.
Line Jumble
Half Lines
Word Jumble
Gap Dialogue 0/3: the whole dialogue without gaps.
Gap Dialogue 1/3: 1 in 3 words is gapped. The first letter of each gapped word is provided.
Gap Dialogue 2/3: 2 in 3 words are gapped. The first letter of each gapped word is provided.
Gap Dialogue 0/3
Gap Dialogue 1/3
Gap Dialogue 2/3
Gap Dialogue 3/3: all words are gapped. The first letter of each gapped word is provided.
Space: re-write the text with the spaces and punctuation included.
Anagrams: re-write the text, putting the letters of each word in the correct order.
Gap Dialogue 3/3
Space
Anagrams
Find it!: find the words or phrases in the text.
Find it!
Making Use of Dialogues Files
The order in which exercise types are displayed on the Dialogues front page does not represent a particular sequence. It was never intended that students should attempt all of the exercises for a particular file in a particular sequence. In fact, nor was it intended that students should attempt to complete all of the available exercise types for a particular file.
Users of TaskMagic (teachers & students) should select the most appropriate exercise types available depending on: the context; whether they are using a whiteboard or individual PCs in a computer room (or at home); the level of text input; the type of information being presented; the point they are at in the learning sequence; whether it’s for a starter, a plenary, a presentation or the main element of a lesson; the time available etc.
When working with an interactive whiteboard, the teacher has total control over the exercises and activities selected. When working in an IT room, however, it is important for teachers to maintain control over the exercises and activities that the students attempt. It was never intended that students should be told to open a particular file and then attempt the available games in any order they like. Teachers should make it clear to students which activities they are to attempt and in which order, or alternatively they should make it clear which activities they don't want them to attempt. The activities you choose will depend on your own professional appreciation of the value of each activity bearing in mind all of the factors mentioned above (time, context, stage etc.). It is possible to limit the exercises available by making direct hyperlinks to individual game files - these can be created in TaskMagicCreate - or by limiting the list of activities available when you create your TaskMagic file.
This section looks in more detail at all of the exercise types available in Dialogues and discusses the kinds of things that the teacher can do with each one; levels of difficulty; options for whole class use, etc.
 
Line Jumble

- All of the text is displayed with the lines jumbled up.
- The lines of text have to be dragged into the correct order.
- If a student answers incorrectly, they can keep trying until they get the correct answer.
- Tests the students' understanding of the text and their ability to put items of text into the correct sequence using context, vocabulary and grammatical indicators.
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next correct line
- invite/select students to come to the board and move the lines of text into position
- the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students writing the lines in the correct order (or numbering them)
- a Line Jumble worksheet can also be printed out from within TaskMagic. This can be completed by numbering the lines of text. Alternatively, students can cut out the lines of text and rearrange them into the correct order.

 
Half Lines

- All of the text is displayed but each line is divided into 2 halves.
- The aim is to drag the 2nd half of each line into position next to the 1st half.
- Tests the students' understanding of the text and their ability to put items of text into the correct sequence using context, vocabulary and grammatical indicators.
- If a student answers incorrectly, they can keep trying until they get the correct answer.
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next line of dialogue
- invite/select students to come to the board and drag the items into position
- the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students rewriting the dialogue correctly.
- a Half Lines worksheet can also be printed out from within TaskMagic, requiring the student to number the dialogue halves in the correct order.

 
Word Jumble

- All of the text is displayed but the words of each line are in the wrong order.
- The aim is to drag the words into the correct order.
- Tests the students' understanding of the text and their ability to put items of text into the correct sequence using context, vocabulary and grammatical indicators.
- If a student answers incorrectly, they can keep trying until they get the correct answer.
- Correct answers are highlighted. (Also partially correct answers)
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next word / words / line of dialogue
- invite/select students to come to the board and drag the words into position
- the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students rewriting the dialogue (or part of the dialogue) correctly
- a Word Jumble worksheet can also be printed out from within TaskMagic, requiring the student to write the words of each line of dialogue in the correct order

 
Space

- All of the text is displayed with all spaces and punctuation removed.
- When a student clicks at the dividing point between words, the missing space and or punctuation is automatically inserted.
- Tests the student's ability to recognise where words begin and end.
- If a student answers incorrectly, they can keep trying until they get the correct answer.
- An incorrect answer affects the score, which represents the percentage of correct clicks.
- There is no time pressure.
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out a sentence or group of words
- invite/select students to come to the board and click to separate the words
- the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students rewriting the text with spaces and punctuation included.
- a Space worksheet can also be printed out from within TaskMagic. This contains the whole text run together without gaps or punctuation, with alternate lines left blank for students to write in the correct version. (Alternatively students can draw lines separating the words in the continuous text)

 
Click & Fill
- The whole text is displayed but with each letter replaced by a square.
- Students can click anywhere in the text and type in the missing words.
- If a student types (or clicks on) the correct letter, that letter will appear in the text. If an incorrect letter is pressed, the student must keep trying until they choose the next correct letter.
- Incorrect answers affect the score, which represents the percentage of correct attempts.
- There is the option to buy a letter, to reveal all instances of a particular letter. This affects the score.
- A 50:50 button allows you to reveal 50% of the remaining letters in the text.
- A "Next Letter" button allows the student to reveal the next letter after the cursor. This affects the overall score.
- Tests the students' understanding of the text and their ability to put items of text into the correct sequence using context, vocabulary and grammatical indicators. Also tests spellng and memory.
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link, and makes the exercise into a dictation exercise.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next word
- invite/select students to come to the board and type the next word (which tests their spelling, unlike the first suggestion above)
- for each word in the text, students can be asked to write the next correct word on mini-whiteboards, before checking the answer and moving on to the next word
- use the 50:50 function to make it easier for students to decipher words in the text (and then repeat some of the above)
- use the 50:50 function as a prompt for students to attempt to read out the text. You can provide a few key words, if you like, to make it easier
- depending on the length of the text, the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students writing the words of the text in the correct order. This is a very challenging exercise, but it is made easier to achieve if a sound file is included, making it into a kind of dictation exercise. You can also make it easier by completing part of the text beforehand, or by using the 50:50 function
 
Anagrams
- The whole text is displayed but with each letter replaced by a square. Words of 2 letters or less are already displayed.
- Students click on any of the word shapes to reveal an anagram of the chosen word at the bottom of the screen. They then click on the letters of the word in the correct order.
- If a student reorders the letters of the word correctly, the word will appear in the text.
- Incorrect clicks affect the score, which represents the percentage of correct clicks.
- Tests the student's understanding of the text, grammatical understanding, word recognition, spelling and memory.
- There is no time pressure to complete the exercise.
- A sound file can make the exercise easier.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- click on a word shape to reveal an anagram, then invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the word or spelling it out correctly
- invite/select students to come to the board and choose their own word, reveal the anagram and reorder the letters
- reveal a word and give students a short time to write the unscrambled word on mini-whiteboards
- once you have completed more than half of the text, and provided that the text fits into the text box without scrolling, the IWB screen can be used as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students writing the text out with missing owrds included. You can tell them that you are prepared to show them x number of anagrams or allow x number of students to come to the board to reveal the anagram of a word (without putting the letters into the correct order). Use the IWB to check the exercise after a given time.
- an Anagrams worksheet is also available from within TaskMagic. It shows the whole text as a series of anagrams, with alternate lines left blank for students to write the correct version.
 
Word Guess
- The whole text is displayed but with each letter replaced by a square.
- Students guess / predict the words which appear in the text, by typing a word and pressing Enter or clicking on the OK button.
- If a student types a correct word, all instances of that word will appear in the text.
- Incorrect answers affect the score, which represents the percentage of correct attempts.
- There is the option to buy a letter, to reveal all instances of a particular letter. This affects the score.
- A 50:50 button allows you to reveal 50% of the remaining letters in the text.
- By pressing one of the three clock buttons, the student can reveal the whole text for 15 seconds.
- Tests the student's understanding of the text and their ability to put items of text into the correct sequence using context, vocabulary and grammatical indicators. Also tests spellng and memory.
- There is no time pressure to complete the exercise.
- A sound file is never available for the Word Guess exercise.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- without showing the text previously, tell the class what the text is about in general, and ask them to predict 10 words that they think will appear in the text. They can make notes in exercise books or on mini-whiteboards
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next word, or any word that they think will be in the text
- invite/select students to come to the board and type the next word, or any word that they think will be in the text (which tests their spelling, unlike the first suggestion above)
- use the 50:50 function to make it easier for students to decipher words in the text (and then repeat some of the above)
- use the timer button to show the text for 15 seconds, telling students not to write anything down. Once the timer is finished they can write down as many words as they can that have yet to be guessed
- use the 50:50 function as a prompt for students to attempt to read out the text. You can provide a few key words, if you like, to make it easier
- depending on the length of the text, use the 50:50 function and use the IWB screen as the basis for a written exercise in exercise books, with students writing the words of the text in the correct order.
 
Gap Dialogue

- A gap fill activity with 3 levels of difficulty. Level 1: 1 in 3 words is gapped. Level 2: 2 in 3 words are gapped. Level 3: all words are gapped.
- The first letter of each gapped word is shown.
- Correctly typed words are added to the text when the students click the Check button. Incorrect words are removed.
- Tests the student's understanding of the text, grammatical understanding, word recognition, spelling and memory.
- The use of a sound file makes the exercise easier but helps to reinforce the sound-spelling link.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard, although on an interactive whiteboard you will need the facility to insert text either by using the generic floating keyboard or handwriting recognition tools provided along with the whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the next gapped word
- invite/select students to come to the board and type in a gapped word
- for each part of the text, students can be asked to write the correct letter of the next part on mini-whiteboards, before checking the answer and moving on to the next part
- use the IWB as a prompt for a written exercise in exercise books
- discuss why particular words cannot be correct given the context / grammar etc.
- various Gap Dialogue worksheets can be printed out from the Dialogues worksheets screen in TaskMagic
- use the different levels of the activity (starting from 0, with no words gapped) as the basis for a choral diminishing dialogue activity, where students first repeat, then read along with you, then on their own, repeating the dialogue over and over as the level of difficulty is increased

 
Find it!

- The whole text is displayed in a scrollable text box at the top of the screen.
- The Find it! exercise is not generated automatically but is created by the teacher when they create the exercise file. To make the Find it! exercise available, the teacher selects (highlights) a word or group of words from the text and writes a prompt for each word or group of words.
- To complete the exercise, students click on one of the prompts, then highlight the piece of text in the text box which relates to this prompt. eg. if the prompt is "I go to school" the piece of text to be highlighted could be "Je vais au collège".
- If a student answers incorrectly, they must keep trying until they get the correct answer.
- Incorrect answers affect the score, which represents the percentage of correct attempts.
- Tests the student's understanding of specific parts of the text, its meaning etc.
- When creating the exercise the teacher decides whether prompts are to appear in random order or in their original sequence. An easy way to create a discovery exercise which teaches students the meaning of the whole text is to include prompts for all of the text, and include the prompts in their original sequence.
- There is no time pressure.
- Sound is not used in Find it!.

Can be used on individual PCs or on interactive whiteboard.

IWB options:
- invite/select students to give answers, eg. by reading out the appropriate piece of text
- invite/select students to come to the board and select the correct answer from the text
- for each prompt, students can be asked to write the correct answer on mini-whiteboards, before checking the answer and moving on to the next prompt
- a Find it! worksheet can also be printed out from within TaskMagic. This displays the whole text at the top with the prompts listed below, either randomly or in the original sequence (depending on how the on-screen exercise was saved)
- Find it! can be a good way of teaching vocabulary in context, by including prompts with a mixture of known and new vocabulary

 
 
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