Take On The Teacher! is a spelling game from Scholastic in the United Kingdom. You’re shown two words and have to pick the one that is spelled correctly.
It’s a fun little game, though if you’re in the United States there might be a few trick British ways the British spell their words. Unfortunately, the words are not actually pronounced, which limits its use with English Language Learners. There are, however, cute sound effects when you choose the correct word.
I’ve placed the link on my website under Spelling.
G’day Larry, yes, it’s an interesting idea.. i like spelling games, but i’ve yet to find the perfect example.
=> This one has a highly visual interface which is potentially engaging,
=> however it’s a strange characterisation of the teacher at the board (why pretend the visitor is challenging a teacher, when we are clearly taking on a computer program?)
=> and you’re right.. spelling programs need both audio and context (either visual or the classic “in a sentence”). Without context, words can have multiple meanings.. or be meaningless.
i was caught out on the word “baul”. (pretending to be a learner) i managed to correctly select this word as the one which was incorrectly-spelled.. but i was unsure if they wanted me to write “ball” or “bawl” as the correct version. Given that “tantrum” was in the list, i chose “bawl” (to cry loudly).
Wrong! Says the “teacher”.
Surely a teacher would have more insight and flexibility than this machine script.
thanks and kind regards, michael