miércoles, 27 de enero de 2010

Robots from a Distant Planet

A good robotMillions of robots from a distant planet have invaded the Earth. They have made some announcements about their invasion, but we have to decipher them to know what they are saying. Can you do it? You only have to do these tests to find out the robots' intentions. Are they good or bad robots? What do they want to do on our planet? Can we fight against their armies? What must we do? Please, help us.

These tests are for low-intermediate students, those studying 3º ESO and 4º ESO, but also for more advanced students. With these tests you can revise some English verb tenses. You may want to read Repaso de tiempos verbales en inglés on this blog to have a more formal approach. I hope you will have fun and learn a lot here.

Follow these steps:
  1. First, read each test instructions to know what verb tenses you have to use.
  2. Then, watch the comic strips and read the whole part of the story to understand what it is about.
  3. Then, fill in the gaps without listening to the story.
  4. After that, press the Verify button and try to correct your wrong answers.
  5. Finally, listen to the part of the story to check the pronunciation of words. You may also correct the difficult answers.
  6. Click on the image below to look up the difficult words in a good dictionary.

Word reference
Tecla del apóstrofo

1. Robots from a distant planet. Present Simple or Continuous?

Robots from a distant planet

2. The invasion of the Earth. Past Simple or Continuous?

The Invasion Of the Robots

3. After the invasion. Present Perfect Simple

After the invasion

4. The robots' plans for a better planet. Future tenses

The robots' plans

5. The humans' rebellion. All verb tenses

The humans' rebellion

6. What will happen in the end and in the future?

Do you think the human rebels will win the battle against the robots? Or will the robots smash the rebellion? What do they want to do on our planet? What is the future of the Earth? Now tell us about your predictions by writing on the Padlet wall below. Doubleclic on the background image, and a text area will appear for you to type your text, which will be published after it is approved.

You can also write about the future by:
  • Writing a comment in this post.
  • Writing a text in this editor and then sending it to your teacher or printing it.

You can revise English verb tenses on this blog with these activities:James Bond

Resources used in this activity:
  1. I have created the tests with Hot Potatoes, which is a very well-known application in the education field. I find it curious that the Linux version of Hot Potatoes, the one I use, creates all the gaps (or text fields) in the tests with the same length, while the Windows version resizes each gap to the word length, thus giving an important clue to the student.
  2. I have drawn the comic strips at Stripgenerator.com, a very good and funny web service, where you can publish your drawings in a gallery.
  3. The audios in the tests have been created with the Interactive TTS Demo on Loquendo web page, a text to speech application. Although the quality of speech isn't perfect, it's a very practical solution for short passages of texts. Then, I have used Sound Cloud to upload the audios and get the codes to insert them here.
  4. The texts areas applications in section 6 are two resources created in this blog using PHP and the TinyMCE HTML editor.

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