In this article
In this article, you will find the following information:
- Adding or editing a Translate sentence item
- Correction and feedback options for a translation
- Item-specific options
- Additional options
The item type Translate sentence is typically used for small translation questions.
When this item type is used in exercises, the participants automatically get feedback on missing, incorrect, or redundant words in their translation without requiring any specific input from the author on these errors.
Note: This feedback is only shown in exercises, not in exams.
Proceed as follows to add or edit a Translate sentence item:
- Go to Authoring > Items.
- Go to the folder in which you want to add your item.
- Click on to add an item.
- Select the item type Translate sentence.
Result: The content pane of the item is opened.
- Click in the interaction block and add your source text in the Source text section.
Result: On the right of the screen, the Block tab is opened.
- Optionally, edit the item-specific options for your item in the Block tab. More info.
- Enter the translation in the Translations section.
Result: On the right of the screen, the Translation tab is opened.
Tip: You can add alternative translations for the same word by separating the alternatives with slashes and surrounding them with square brackets. For example:
- Optionally, enter the Correction and feedback options for the translation in the Translation tab. More info.
- If you want to add more translations, click +Translation at the bottom of the interaction block and repeat steps 10 and 11 until you have added all the translations you need.
- Click Preview to try out your item.
- You can enter up to 1000 characters for the source text and the translation.
- Latex or Wiris input is not supported in the source text and the translation.
As an author, you can add multiple (correct or incorrect) translations. For each translation, you can set the correction and/or feedback options. These options are only applied to the selected translation.
If the participant translates "sensible" in French to "sensible" in English, the translation will be considered incorrect and the participant will receive error-specific feedback.
You find the item-specific options in the Block tab:
The default writing direction for both the source and target language is Left to right.
As the author, you can adjust the writing direction to Right to left for the source language and/or the target language if needed.
By default, this option is switched on:
- As an author, you will see the Source text section in the interaction block where you can enter the text the participants need to translate.
- The participants will see the source text nicely displayed next to the input field for the translation.
When you de-activate this option, the Source text section will no longer be displayed either in the backoffice or in the player:
- As an author, you will have to add your source text to your instruction in the Content block.
- The participants will see the source text the way you added it in the instruction field.
Note: ReadSpeaker cannot be used in the interaction block. If you want your participants to be able to use ReadSpeaker to read out the source text, it is advised to de-activate the option Use a source text and add your source text to the instruction.
By default, this option is switched off:
the participants see an empty input field for the translation.
When you activate this option, you can add text that will be shown to the participants in the input field for the translation.
As an author, you can define whether or not the punctuation, diacritics, capital letters and / or whitespaces should be taken into account during the correction of the translation.
If the punctuation is taken into account and the sentence "La librairie vend beaucoup de romans." is translated as "The bookstore sells a lot of novels" (without the full stop), the participant will not get points for this translation.
- When these options are activated, they are applied to the correction of all translations you have added to your item.
- The following characters are considered as punctuation: '.','?',':','!','...', single quotes, and double quotes. Parentheses () are not considered as punctuation.
Learn more about adding assets, adding feedback, selecting the correct scoring mechanism etc. in the sectionThe assesmentQ item bank.