An outline of the MS-Word Cloze Quiz, MS-PowerPoint Multiple Choice Quiz and Internet Lookup tools for
- To facilitate lesson delivery and student interaction in our language lab and computerized classrooms, I am programming two MS-Office templates with interactive lookup and quiz functions and create new/convert traditional language teaching materials in French, German and Spanish with them.
- These templates support the learner by strengthening learner autonomy and providing immediate corrective feedback and – in conjunction with the grouping facilities of the centre’s infrastructure – allow for custom-tailored instruction based on the immediately available outcome of formative assessments.
- The student can be given additional hints when tabbing into a form entry field.
- The student can easily look up words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections.
- Double clicking on a word opens a browser window with the corresponding entry in a dictionary of the corresponding foreign language.
- Selecting a word or phrase and clicking on a menu item in the lookup menu a browser window with the corresponding entry of various reference works and databases (Figure 3: Look up Internet Reference Works, Figure 4: Look up Internet Illustrations).
- The student will receive instant feedback when tabbing out of an entry field.
- During quiz-taking, the screen will be formatted (font face, size, spacing, colors) so that the teacher keeps easily informed, whether through a computer lab management system / screen monitoring tool or by a more “pedestrian” approach for student monitoring.
- After collection and before correction by the teacher and reviewing by the student, the screen will be re-formatted to facilitate reading outside of the classroom setting.
- The template can be used for a wide variety of typical foreign language teaching exercises:
- Instructors have requested fuzzy matching for fill-in-the-blank exercises, which I am planning to implement by integrating an existing COM add-in that can make available the Levenshtein Distance Metric to MS-Word.
- Upgrade of Templates from Sanako Lab300 to better integrate with the new Sanako Study1200 software features.
- Teaching Content Creation:
- Making subtitles for foreign language movie digitally available;
- Programming regular expressions ins VS.Net that match function words (example: demonstrative pronouns in Spanish) to run over these templates in order to batch create fill-in-the-blank exercises;
- Importing them into the templates and creating grammar and listening comprehension exercises
- Support: Implementing an Error Logging Application
- The teacher can easily lookup words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections
- Currently implementing additional lookup options (NLP and Corpus Linguistics (ACORN, BNC, Sketchup), Dictionaries (Visurwords, Wiktionary, Google Define).
- A number of templated custom-animated exercises can be used for
- presenting students with guiding questions before watching/listening to a target language segment
- Revealing correct answers after the segment.
- A number of templated interactive exercises can be used for revealing correct answers (word lists) depending on students’ responses.
- The templates support typical activities in the digital language lab (interactive presentations with multimedia, listening comprehensions, speaking and dialoguing activities for language learning, view usage examples in my Templates Eurocall Presentation video of September 2007). Teachers can use them as exercise-generating engines: they allow copy/paste of their own exercises into these templates. These templates have the advantage of being able to hook into the rich infrastructure that MS-Office provides for language teaching; they work with all Western Languages (but have been thoroughly tested only with ESL, French, German, Italian and Spanish so far). These templates that are better geared than VLE and other CALL resources for daily use in a computerized classroom environment: easy to author, take and monitor and either multimedia-heavy or focused on human interaction. These templates support the instructor by relieving of routine tasks in favor of well-informed, well-focused non-routine intervention, and extend the centre’s screen-sharing and VOIP infrastructure to provide the instructor with an unprecedented control of the learning of an entire class.
- APP delivery format:
- MS-PowerPoint: 1 template-file (.pot) and 1 addin (.ppa)
- MS-Word: 1 template (.dot – incorporates Lookup application) and 1 COM application (fuzzy matching)
- Apart from the templates themselves, there is
- Explanation: documentation of the tool
- see Figure 4: Template Documentation,
- Figure 8: PowerPoint Exercise Templates,
- sample materials which illustrate the practical exploitation of a tool the development of a skill or the response to an issue
- see Figure 3: Quiz Template with Chanson Lyrics
- Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary,
- Sample Exercise material: hands-on activities for materials development, skills training or discussion
- Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary)
- Explanation: documentation of the tool
- Since January 2008, the templates have been adapted for use in the Aston university Study1200 lab and a series of 3 teacher training workshops has been delivered in May/June of 2008. During that time, the implementation of the distance metrics within the templates has been started also which is currently still in the debugging state (see following slide below.)
Figure 2: Look up Internet Illustrations
Figure 5: Quiz Result Summary
Figure 6: Spanish Movie Subtitling Exercise Creation
Designed for SME focus group meeting capture when upgrading the City-of-London conference interpreting facility at London Metropolitan University. Querying users for business requirements in use case form. Watch a demo:
to generate functional requirements:
and to generate technical requirements (and questions for vendors):
While keeping an eye on requirements metrics (what is important, contentious, unclear):
No matter what “cannot view”refers to, the easiest way in Windows XP is to change display properties settings is right-click on desktop, choose “properties” from the context menu which pops up, then click on tab “settings”:
Output to older (CRT) monitors can relatively freely be adjusted here. LCD (“flat”) screens have a built-in (hardware) “standard/native/physical” resolution. The signal your computer (graphics chip) sends to the monitor should be matched to this resolution, or otherwise the image quality will be compromised (blurry).
If “things cannot be viewed” means: “are too small to decipher” and you have your resolution set to match your LCD screen’s built-in resolution, instead of changing your resolution, you should change the DPI value, buy going to the “advanced” button in this dialogue:
If “things cannot be viewed” means you try to use an application, like a video, that has been produced for a larger screen resolution and cannot be resized, then you do have to change the resolution, using the slider under “Screen resolution” here:
If you find, like in the picture above, that your screen resolution is already maxed out, then try and take your problematic application to another physical computer (you may first have to change the resolution on that one also).