H5P, image choice, motion verbs

RIP Hotpotatoes

During lessons with (general aviation) air traffic controllers, students were often puzzled about the verbs plummet and hurtle. Although some managed to guess at their meanings after examining the context carefully, most could not:

“having plummeted down in a deadly spiral, flight KAL 007 slams into the ocean”
“the airliner continues to hurtle through the skies above the Sea of Japan”

David Rooney, About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks, 2021: 3

H5P has a content type called Image Choice – this allows you to make quizzes involving images.

I had also seen this interesting presentation titled Satellite or Verb Framed: How to improve manner of motion verb dictionary entries? by Tan Arda Gedik who found some benefits of using animated GIFs in definitions of (manner of) motion verbs over dictionary definitions and concordance examples.

Although the extent of the applicability of typology of manner of motion verbs in French is debateable, using animated gifs to illustrate motion verbs seems worth exploring.

And this is what I came up with:

Image Choice example 1

I tested an early version of the above with a student and they seemed to appreciate the format. Apologies for not having a re-use option on the above (when you click through) as the Lumi app does not seem to support exporting with re-use. I can supply H5P file if required.

Some points to note regarding use of H5P:

I used Iframe Embedder to integrate Image Choice into a Column content. The limitation with this is on mobile phones the iframe embedder is not responsive so you need to switch phones to desktop mode, nor is it good for accessibility.

You can compress animated gifs to reduce image memory loads, this one is good as it allows you to skip frames.

I used Lumi H5P app to generate the html file. If you are a beginner with H5P, this resource can get you started: H5P sample activities for language instruction.

Some content types that are not yet official  can be found here .

Here is another example using Image Choice (plus Course Presentation and Column):

Image Choice example 2

I would be interested in seeing what people are doing with H5P. Do please share.

Here is an example using Accordion, Drag & Drop, Multiple Choice, Column.
An example using Agamotto, Question Set, Column.

A Virtual Tour (360) example, works best in Chrome browser but theoretically other browsers should work.

An example with Image Juxtaposition, Column.

Using Memory Game with audio for decoding practice (plus Dictation, Column).

Thanks for reading.


Good folk writing about H5P to check is Vedrana Vojković Estatiev at her blog tagged H5P.

Neil McMillan describes some inventive ways to use Drag & Drop.


Corpusmooc round 2

Corpusmooc is back in action.

New course content includes a focus in week 5 (Corpus linguistics in action – looking at social issues through corpora) on forensic linguistics. There is an additional reading by Tim Johns on data driven learning in Week 7 (Language learning and corpus linguistics). In week 4 (How do you build a corpus) there is a new video describing the use of TagAnt part of speech tagger.

Shame no new content on collecting corpora from the web.

There may be other new content I may have overlooked, will update this post if I find any.

New platform additions include a blog aggregator and a twitter visualiser. Unfortunately the forum system is still as clunky as clunky thing can be.

For any language teachers reading this do consider checking out the Google+ Corpus Linguistics community.

For example you may like to read blog posts by participants from round 1 of corpusmooc.

Ready Player One – Impressions of Teaching & Language Learning Through Gamification online course

Digital Play has been a favourite bookmark of mine since late 2009 so when I heard that  the authors of the site were hosting the Teaching & Language Learning Through Gamification (tllg) online course (need moodle account, or see the tllg wikispaces archive ) I was quite keen.

Having said that, I have yet to make one of the live webcasts but luckily they are archived. The first one by Joe Periera on Interactive Fiction is the only one I have seen all the way through. I think that for most teachers unfamiliar with digital gaming in the classroom this session would be the closest to the traditional landscape of language teaching and learning.

Simply put interactive fiction (IF) are stories which involve some input from the reader to move the story forward. More detailed info about this can be found at Joe Pereira’s blog Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL).

The recommended game to dip your toes in IF is 9:05. It is based on day to day life, no dragons in sight, and is relatively short – can be played in about 20mins.

9.05 start screen
IF example 9.05 start screen

(9.05 start screen)

Joe gives the following advice on how to introduce it with students (taken from discussion thread at the tllg site):

– explain what IF is (story and a game – you are main character, etc)
– show them the first screen of 9:05 (if you have a dataprojector) – ask them to give you commands to make the story continue
– somebody will sooner or later say “answer phone”
– ask them what the plot of the game might (supposedly) be
– give them the IF for Beginners vocab handout
– let them look through it (and hope they don’t notice ‘look under bed’ )
-make sure they have the vocab card with them when they play
– make them play in pairs (with good an not so good sts in each pair)
– be there to give them a helpful nudge if they seem lost 

The other sessions hosted at tllg have been:

  • Digital Games for Young Learners (with Ozge Karaoglü)
  • Using Online Games (with Kyle Mawer)
  • Gamification and teacher development (with Paul Braddock)
  • Reflective Teaching (with Rob Lewis)
(Update: above links now dead, some info can still be found at the tllg wikispaces archive)

So if you want to know about gamification in English teaching make sure to check out the links in this post. You may still be able to catch the last discussion session which is to be announced.


Read about my experience of using IF in class.