Read on to find out more about how to use different question types for World Languages, examples of educator-approved sites you can embed into your formatives, and inspiring examples of formatives you can clone!

Here are some of our favorite question types to use in World Languages classes!

🌟Show Your Work

Students can type, underline, circle, and even upload images in a Show Your Work question. Teachers can likewise draw, type, and upload images to the background! Here are some of our favorite uses for teaching languages:

  1. Upload a diagram or flowchart for students to complete.

2. Give your students a description/instructions and have them draw it.

🌟Enhance a PDF/Doc/GoogleDoc

With Enhance a PDF/Doc/GoogleDoc you can upload any document you already have (worksheets, quizzes, images, etc.) and add questions on top. 

  1. Have them practice listening skills by uploading a video of a song and a document with blanks for them to complete.

2. Test your students vocabulary by uploading an image and having them label it.

Tip: both "Show Your Work" and "Enhance a PDF/Doc/GoogleDoc" are great question types for having students label images or complete diagrams. The main difference is that "Enhance a PDF/Doc/GoogleDoc" allows you to set an answer key for easy-breezy grading! 


With our Audio feature, you can create your own material for listening activities. Record yourself narrating a story and have your students listen for comprehension.

🌟Audio Response (*Premium)

Audio Response is a great way to have your students practice their speaking skills, especially pronunciation. There is no pressure since students can re-record as many times as they want!

🌟Categorize (*Premium)
Use the Categorize question type to have students match properties with figures, or vocabulary terms with their equivalent in English!

📌How to Add Special Characters/Accents 

  1. Change the device's keyboard to the desired language or to "International" on Chromebooks. You can even display the Keyboard Viewer if working on a iMac.

2. Add the Chrome Extension: "Accents: Spanish, Portuguese, French, German"- click here to add to your browser! 😀

How to use the extension:
1. Hold down a key when typing and wait for the pop-up to appear. Try it with uppercase letters, punctuation marks, and other symbols too.
2. To select the character you desire, you can either press the number or click on the button itself.
3. There is also a shortcut you can use: while holding the key, press the number of the button before the popup appears.

3. Include the special characters in your question for your students to copy & paste.

📌Useful World Languages sites that you can embed into your Formatives

You can embed websites anywhere in a formative, either as a content item, or within a question (*Premium only). Check out our Embed article for instructions.

🌟Spanish Playground- Spanish Playground has practical advice and useful material for teaching Spanish. What sets this site apart is its section about utilizing humor to lighten the difficulty of learning a new language. 

🌟Quizlet- Quizlet has millions of study sets in various languages to choose from. It also lets you can create your own. 

🌟Parlons français- This free website offers numerous great resources primarily for beginner and intermediate students. Developed by European broadcast network TV5Monde, it includes 80 activities to learn French that are all ranked by level.

📌Great examples of World Languages Formatives

🌟Spanish Parts of Speech / Partes de la Oración  (Grades 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th) 

🌟On a joué au basket! (Grades 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th)- Sports vocabulary applied to basketball in the past tense with short videos.

🌟Deutsche Essgewohnheiten ( Grades 7th+) - Formative on Traditional German Food. 

Check out our Public Library for more World Languages formatives!

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