Every now and then I feel like a newly-qualified teacher who wants to try everything new that he comes across (honestly it doesn’t happen that often any more but when it does I take advantage of it!) In one of these moments, I tried this amazing piece of software to create cloze texts
The name’s pretty self-explanatory’ Cloze test creator’. In other words, you input any type of text and then choose what information you want to hide
- every (number) words
- link words
- let me choose
Not only you can choose the words that you want to hide if you want to test/practise a specific language point but also you can automatically hide words that fall under one of the above categories. This can a huge time-saver for time-strapped teachers who want to create a quick Cambridge exam exercise.
You can input the listening transcripts and create a gap- fills on the spot. You could use them to raise awareness of:
- weak forms e.g. auxiliary verbs
- contracted forms
- grammar & vocabulary
- this is one of my favourite uses because you guide your students to discover the target language. For instance, if you’re introducing Present Simple third person singular, the students can listen and write down all the verb-s to complete the gaps. Listening will initiate the discovery and the whole text will serve as your context for teaching the grammar or vocabulary!
Another favourite of mine are information exchange speaking tasks.
So let’s say you have a digital copy of a book and you can copy-paste directly a dialogue or reading text.
- Hide the information you think is relevant to your lesson’s aims. It can be related to vocabulary, grammar, functional language etc.
- Have two versions of the text, an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ each with different words hidden.
- Put students in pairs. One has text ‘A’, and the other text ‘B’
- Tell your students to write questions which will give them the missing information/word/phrase
- Tell your students to take turns asking and answering questions while completing the gaps.
- To check you can do it as a whole-classroom discussion or you can have them check each other papers
You can use it at the beginning of the lesson to see the students knowledge of the target language. Let’s say for example that you are about to review articles with a B1 group. At this level, the students generally have a relatively good knowledge of the articles but it’s still very common to make mistakes. By starting off with a text missing the articles you can gauge the students’ ability, identify areas for improvement etc. which can inform the areas of focus during the lesson.
Use it after you teach grammar and vocabulary as your controlled practise. If you want you can even provide the missing words, and instead turn it into a gap-filling exercise.
I’m always up for a tool that makes my life easier and the Cloze Test Creator does that. Especially now, that we have a digital version of our books coping and pasting is easier than ever. Creating an exercise can literary take seconds!
What do you think about it? Have you ever used it or planning to use? Have you thought about any other ways of using it? Let me know in the comments below!
The website: http://l.georges.online.fr/tools/cloze.html
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