Language Learning Express – your language learning tool


Cloze Exercise

Language Learning Express, or Lex for short, is a language learning tool by which you can turn any web page into a cloze exercise. Lex can be looked upon as a web browser with special features for language learning. It is a tool where you, as a learner, use authentic texts that interests you for the purpose of language learning. One of Lex's features is the ability to turn a web page into a cloze exercise.

Below follows a step-by-step description of how to create a cloze exercise on a web page containing a song lyrics. It is much easier to follow the description if you download Lex and perform the steps yourself. Click the Download button to download a trial version of Lex or click the Learn More button if you first want to learn more about Lex.

    

How to use Language Learning Express (Lex) to make a cloze exercise

First you navigate to a web page in one of Lex's tab windows. For example, to the web page used in the snapshot below that contains the lyrics of What A Wonderful World. Then you mark the words that you want to turn into gaps by using the right-click menu. With just a few more clicks you can then turn the marked words into gaps to create a cloze exercise.

The two-step process of first marking the words and then turning them into gaps is described below. 
 

1.  Marking - the first step to create a cloze exercise

To mark a word you just right-click on it and select "Mark" and then select your marking of choice. In this example several words have already been marked with "Mark 2" (green) and the word "blessed" is about to be marked in the same way.
 

2. Turn the marked words into gaps to actually create the cloze exercise

When you click on the "Exercise" button on the toolbar of the lower main window a small popup menu will appear. If you select "Create Exercise" on that popup menu a Text Exercise Setup window will open in the upper main window as in the example below.

By checking and unchecking the check marks in that window you can switch the highlighting of the marked words on and off and you can turn the marked words into gaps and create a cloze exercise.

3. Run the cloze exercise

After you have turned the marks into gaps you click on the "Start" button to start the cloze exercise. That will cause the Text Exercise Setup window to be replaced by a Scoreboard window as you can see in the snapshot below.

Then you just have to fill in the gaps and for each gap you will get visual feedback in the Feedback section of the Scoreboard. If you need some help you can get that from the Aid section and you will naturally get your score from the Score section. Click here to read more about Feedback, Aid and Score.

In the cloze exercise below the three first words have been filled in correctly. The fourth word has been filled in incorrectly. The program gives feedback and waits for another try.

3. Save the cloze exercise

After you have created a cloze exercise you can save it on your computer, so that you later on can run the exercise locally.

Click the Download button to download a trial version of Lex or click the Learn More button to learn more about Lex.


    
 



 

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