Online tools for making gap fill exercises (cloze tests) usually have something wrong with them.
This one, for example, looks nice and simple, but the “let me choose” option is buggy. More promising is the Gapfill Printable Exercise Generator (Version 2) at Random Idea English, which has been “Currently under testing” since 2012.
After pasting in your text, you choose one of four ways to make the gaps:
Manual (put square brackets around the words to be gapped), Random (with options), Auto (list the words) and Gapmaker (just click on the words).
You can see the finished exercise in various formats. For example, this a document-friendly version, which you can copy and paste into Word:
coffee · cruellest · desire · dried · forgetful · lilacs · roots · stopped · sunlight · surprised · warm
April is the
____________ month, breeding
____________ out of the dead land, mixing Memory and
____________, stirring Dull
____________ with spring rain. Winter kept us
____________, covering Earth in
____________ snow, feeding A little life with
____________ tubers. Summer
____________ us, coming over the Starnbergersee With a shower of rain; we
____________ in the colonnade, And went on in
____________, into the Hofgarten, And drank
____________, and talked for an hour.
Digital Tools for Teachers is an ebook by Nik Peachey. Aimed at English language teachers, it includes over 70 tools – divided into reading tools, writing tools, presentation tools, etc.
For example, under Reading Tools there is a review of
Rewordify and under Listening Tools you can find LyricsTraining.
The book is in PDF format, I couldn’t get the internal links (to the various chapters) to work, but the links to the tools were fine.
read more about the book. It costs $4.99, but there is a code you can use to download it for free.
A number of academic journals on English-language teaching are available through
BrowZine, under Social Science and Behavioral Science » Linguistics » Language Learning and Acquisition. For example:
There are also related journals, such as
Language Testing and Journal of Second Language Writing.
Happy Christmas reading!
Nik Peachey, who blogs about the uses of IT in English language teaching, is starting a publishing company. Teachers who write ELT materials are invited to sign up.
You can read about it
This book is aimed at English language teachers. Tip number 1 is “Start with a smile” and number 100 is “Do your own thing.” Here are some of the others:
Don’t give homework at the end
Use the coursebook – selectively
Do correct mistakes
Use mother tongue to explain
Avoid grammatical terms
Limit tasks by time, not amount
Don’t worry about the topic
Don’t always pre-teach vocabulary
Don’t make students read aloud
Talk a lot
Teach a lot of vocabulary
Teach spelling rules
The Resource Centre has a copy, which you can borrow.
A 4-week course called
Exploring English: Language and Culture starts today at Futurelearn.
It is for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level. It’s made by the British Council and it’s free!