Language Learning Express
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
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.