Splitting words exercise type

Oct 08, 2012


I'm looking for a way to create a special kind of exercise in which the students gets a text of which all spaces have been removed. His task would then be to add to spaces to show he knows the words and their spelling.

Has any of you created that kind of exercise ? What is the best way to make it ?

I've used a text entry and made the unspaced text the default text.

The student has to click on the entry and use left and right arrow keys to navigate and add the spaces.

The problem is that the student can't really click on a special portion of the text. Everything gets selected at once.

Also it often happens that the whole text gets erased because they select the whole thing and press any key.

To finish with, sometimes the user's answer is correct but the computer indicates a wrong answer. I don't get why. I'm thinking maybe because of the apostrophes...

Last thing, one very convenient thing would be to be able to have a virtual keyboard for some letters that exist only un French : "é", "è", "'" (apostrophe).

Does that seem doable ?

4 Replies
Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Fabrice,

I don't have any answers for you, but I'm intrigued by your question. I wonder if this question type can achieve what you're after.

Just as any FYI, I cannot use the arrows keys at all. As soon as I click in the response box, all the text disappears. The same happens if I use the Tab key to get to the box: the text disappears when Tab brings me to the answer box.

I had enough French years ago that I was able to type in the correct answer. BUT, I had to change one of the correct answers to "Je suis apprentie a Neuruppin en Allemagne"; I had to remove the accent from the "a". I wonder if an onscreen keyboard could be employed here?

By the way, I CAN add the accent if I type in the Windows Alt cod: Alt+0225. I tried using the Microsoft Word shortcut key (Ctrl+'), but it didn't work.

And of course, typing in complicates things since a Learner may completely understand where the spaces go, but make a silly type (I'd done that) which throws off what your trying to achieve with your question. It would be great if there would be a way to have the Learner simply insert the spaces. I'll be watching to see what someone comes up with!

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