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Introduction

This website has some more sophisticated quiz pages than the simple word/definition ones described here. You are very welcome to submit content for such pages, but more care is needed in the preparation of the content data. In the sections below there is a detailed explanation of how to prepare content for the various quiz types.


Writing a vocabulary quiz

All of the different kinds of vocabulary quiz pages can be generated from a simple text file which is written and saved in a specific format. If you are interested in creating some quiz pages based around a particular topic, you should proceed as follows:

An example of a very short file with 3 word sets is below:

temperature
the measurement of coldness or heat
If you want to measure *temperature*, you must use a thermometer.
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accurate
containing no mistakes, exact
If you want to get an *accurate* measurement of length then you must use a ruler.
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volume
the space taken up by a liquid, solid or gas
To measure the *volume* of a liquid you can use a measuring cylinder. Archimedes discovered how to calculate the volume of an object when he was sitting in the bath!
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Important

Please note these further rules about setting out the data file:

You can write the data file in any word processor, but it is essential that the file is the file is saved as a text or ASCII file (with no formatting). For this reason, it is recommended that you use a simple text editor like Windows Notepad. Please give the file a name that is 8 characters or less, plus the suffix ".txt"; e.g. transport.txt, and let me know what title you would like the pages to have.

Data files which are not set out and saved exactly as shown here will not work correctly.

When the datafile is finished, please send it to me by attachment to an e-mail. Depending on the time of year, it should take about a week to generate the web pages and post them on the FIS server. All pages will be properly credited with you as the author.

Click for an example of the quizzes that can be produced from word sets as exemplified above.


Writing a summary text

This type of web page can have two forms: a single summary page or a series of linked pages as in the chapters of a book. In both types of page, you identify key words that the student can click on to get a definition and example sentence.

So that the web pages can be generated correctly, the summary text files must be set out as follows:

Single page

Write the text in a simple word processor and select the word or word groups that you want to link to. These words should be bounded by a *star* at the beginning and end. Then at the end of the text, write for each word a word set consisting of the word, plus definition and example sentence. For more information on how to write word sets, please read the instructions in the section at the top of this page.

It is essential that each of the starred words in the summary text appear in exactly the same form in the example sentence of the corresponding word set.

Below is an example of a short summary text about the French Revolution, followed by 3 word sets:

Towards the end of the 18th century France suffered from financial problems so King *Louis XVI* reconvened a *parliament* called the *Estates General*.
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Louis XVI
the king of France at the time of the revolution; guillotined in January 1793
Louis XVI was a simple man who did not seem to understand what was happening during the days of the Revolution. He tried to escape from France but was captured at the border.
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Estates-General
the name for the parliament consisting of the First, Second and Third Estate
Because Louis XVI was nearly bankrupt, he called the Estates-General in order to raise new taxes.
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parliament
an assembly of people who meet to make decisions about how to run a country
The Legislative Assembly was a parliament in which the Girondins sat on the left. It was formed after the Third Estate took the Tennis Court oath.
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Linked pages

There is only one small difference in the way to write a file to generate a set of linked pages such as the chapters in a book. As described above, all the text should be in one file concluded by the word sets. But in this case each separate chapter or page should be delimited by the heading: chapter 1 or section 1 etc.

Below is an example of a linked pages text, followed by 2 word sets:

Chapter 1
The story opens with Dara and her family travelling through the jungle in an oxcart. They are trying to escape to the camp for *refugees* across the border in Thailand, after their village has been burned by Khmer Rouge soldiers.
Chapter 2
They finally arrive at the refugee camp, with its *countless* tents and little wooden huts. They find a place to stop and make their house; close by another family that had arrived a short time before them.
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refugees
people who have to leave their own country because of war
The United Nations often sets up camps to look after refugees.
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countless
very many; too many to count
There are countless people at the refugee camp.
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You can write the data file in any word processor, but it is essential that the file is the file is saved as a text or ASCII file (with no formatting). For this reason, it is recommended that you use a simple text editor like Windows Notepad. Please give the file a name that is 8 characters or less, plus the suffix ".txt"; e.g. transport.txt, and let me know what title you would like the page/s to have.

Data files which are not set out and saved exactly as shown here will not work correctly.

When the datafile is finished, please send it to me by attachment to an e-mail. Depending on the time of year, it should take about a week to generate the web pages and post them on the FIS server. All pages will be properly credited with you as the author.

Click for an example of a glossary text that can be produced from content as exemplified above.


Writing a subject quiz

This kind of web page is suitable for questions for which there is a short (one or two words) and unequivocal answer. If you wish to write a data file ready for conversion to a set of linked pages, you should proceed as follows:

An example of a very short file with 3 questions is below:

What word is used to describe an object that cannot be pushed over easily?
#stable
An object has this quality if it has a low center of mass or a broad base.
To prevent someone pushing you over easily, you should stand with your legs apart. This gives you a broad base. =====
What kind of machine can multiply both force and distance?
#lever
Scissors or nutcrackers are examples of this kind of machine.
Class one and two levers are force multipliers; class three levers are distance multipliers.
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What is the name of the machine that uses ropes to help us lift heavy objects?
#pulley
This machine contains one or more wheels.
A pulley is a force magnifier when more than one wheel is used.
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You can write the data file in any word processor, but it is essential that the file is the file is saved as a text or ASCII file (with no formatting). For this reason, it is recommended that you use a simple text editor like Windows Notepad. It is also recommended that you turn off the word wrap to ensure that the hint and comment parts of the question sets remain on one line as shown above.

Please give the file a name that is 8 characters or less, plus the suffix ".txt"; e.g. transport.txt, and let me know what title you would like the pages to have.

Data files which are not set out and saved exactly as shown here will not work correctly.

When the datafile is finished, please send it to me by attachment to an e-mail. Depending on the time of year, it should take about a week to generate the web pages and post them on the FIS server. All pages will be properly credited with you as the author.

Click for an example of a subject that can be produced from content as set out above.


Writing a multiple-choice grammar quiz

To write a multiple-choice grammar quiz, you should set out the data file as in the yellow box below. The example shows a file with only 1 question, but you can write as many questions as you want:

   I * Germany!~
   like~Yes, the present simple ..~
   likes~Sorry, you cannot ..~
   am liking~No, this is ..~
   'm like~Almost right, but ..~
  4~

In writing the data file it is essential that you follow the instructions below:

Click for an example of a multiple-choice grammar quiz.

Writing a gap-fill grammar quiz

To write a Fill the Gap grammar quiz, you should set out the data file as in the yellow box below. The example shows a file with only 4 questions, but you can write as many questions as you want:

My father *is learning* to play the guitar but he is not having very much success and will probably give up.~learn~7
I *didn't go* to school yesterday.~not / go~12
*Do you like* Germany?~you / like / ?~2
Why *haven't you done* your homework?~you / not / do ?~10

In writing the data file it is essential that you follow the instructions below:

Present simple

1 - Repeated actions
2 - Simple statements of fact
3 - World truths
4 - With verbs of the senses and mental processes
5 - In jokes and storytelling
6 - For future scheduled events

Present continuous

7 - For actions happening now
8 - For future arrangements
9 - To express annoyance

Present perfect

10 - For past events with a connection to the present
11 - With expressions of unfinished time

Past simple

12 - For actions that happened in the past
13 - In reported speech
14 - In if (conditional) sentences

Past continuous

15 - For an action happening at some time in the past

Past perfect

16 - For actions that happened before a past event
17 - In reported speech
18 - In if (conditional) sentences

You can in fact write the data file in any word processor, but it is essential that the file is the file is saved as a text or ASCII file (with no formatting). For this reason, it is recommended that you use a simple text editor like Windows Notepad with the word wrap turned off. Please give the file a name that is 8 characters or less, plus the suffix ".txt"; e.g. transport.txt.

Data files which are not set out and saved exactly as shown here will not work correctly.


When the datafile is finished, please send it to me by attachment to an e-mail. Depending on the time of year, it should take about a week to generate the web pages and post them on the FIS server. All pages will be properly credited with you as the author.


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