Some teacher blogs worth visiting

In this post I want to introduce blogs of teachers that have helped me out as a way to thank them and also because I genuinely like their blogs.

I’m starting with this blog by Erika: English is Genial

Learn English in a fun and engaging way for kids and adults.

The blog is relatively new, but it looks promising. There are posts by season, e.g. “Winter adjectives list” or “Adjectives and Halloween”. Another blog post is about the present continuous. This website is great if you are looking for some ideas of things to share with your English students.

If you would like to have your blog listed here, feel free to contact me.

Creating Tables for Learnclick Quiz Questions

It’s not possible to create tables directly inside the Learnclick quiz editor, but you can copy a table from an other editor and paste it. I recommend using an online editor like Google Docs as copying tables from Microsoft Word doesn’t work well (Libre Office works better).

In Google Docs, you click on Insert -> Table.

If you want to add a background to a cell, you just click into it and then right-click and choose “Table properties”. You will see the option “Cell background color”.

Under “Table properties” you can also change the width of the table.

Now you can copy and paste it into the Learnclick editor and mark the words you want to turn into gaps:

Advanced: Add scrolling

If you have a long text and you want the text on the side to always remain visible, you will need to add tags that surround the main text. For this you will need to edit the generated html. Please note that if you don’t know how html works, it’s easy to make a mistake. You might want to use the inbuilt feature “Add header text” instead, which also always remains visible (see

For making the table cell scrollable, click on the button “html”-code

You will need to add a div tag after the td-tag and before the text and any formatting tags.

<div style=”overflow-y: scroll; height: 200px;”>

You’ll also need to add a closing div-tag before the closing td-tag:


Now one can scroll inside the cell:

Change the number of points for gaps

You can now change the number of points that are given for gaps per question. By default, it’s 1 point for each gap that was answered correctly. But if for instance, the gaps in one question are more difficult than for other questions, you might want to give 2 points per gap:

If you think not all gaps are worth 2 points in the above question, you would have to split the text into several questions. You can also change the number of points per gap manually when grading:

In the above example, we have 4 gaps, each worth 2 points, so the total number of possible points for this question is 8. The student answered 2 gaps correctly and I manually gave him 1 point after he submitted the answers for the second gap as at least he got the verb correct (although in the wrong tense). So after clicking the button “Submit Points and Corrections” which you will see at the bottom of the page (see Statistics & Grades), it will update the number of points for that question to 5.

Learn more about how the point system works.

Create online cloze / maze passage tests for reading comprehension

With you can create cloze tests (where a student has to fill in the blanks) or maze tests where students need to pick the correct word out of two or more distractors.

For cloze tests, you take any text and paste it into the textbox. Then select a word for which you want to create a gap and click on “Make Gap”.

Turns into:

For maze tests, you can create dropdowns that contain all the words a student can select from. The “Make Dropdown” button can be found when selecting the “Blank Boxes & Dropdowns” question type (same as above for a cloze test). First you select the correct word(s) with the mouse and the click on “Make Dropdown” where you can fill out additional items you would like to appear in your list.

This will highlight it as a dropdown item in the editor:

This is how it will look like:

With you can record the answers and then quickly compare the results.

Learn more about other powerful features by watching a demo video:

How the new “Find & Highlight” question type is being used

Recently Learnclick launched a new question type: Find & Highlight

These are some of the questions that have been created recently using this new feature:

  • Highlight the mistakes in the following sentences.
  • Mark any unnecessary words.
  • Highlight the object pronouns.
  • Highlight the prepositions.

While this new feature has been working well on the whole, somebody had an issue that the correct highlights are not recognized. This can happen when the text was copy/pasted from another document or website. In this case, please paste as plain text rather than formatted text: