Dates – adaptive learning

Posted on Nov 15 2014 - 6:32am by Zdenda

Adaptive learning has been the new buzz word in Language teaching community for some time. It sounds so promising. Students will learn only those things they do not know and they will practise what is needed for them to remember. And of course everything will be computer based and the students will be able to learn at the moments they feel like it.
Sounds great, however there are many pitfalls. I recommend the text on Adaptive learning and teaching at To show you how such an adaptive learning activity could look, I have created a simple adaptive learning activity on Dates.

It is really simple, because it will repeat the thing the student does not master only once. Ideally the programme should offer a different explanation (based on your mistakes) each time you fail to learn something. Here I mostly offer the same explanation, but I have tried this in one case.

Dates – activities

The aim of the adaptive learning activity is to teach ordinal numbers from 1 to 12 and the months.
Thus at the end the students will be able to form Dates in English using the ordinal numbers from first to twelfth (plus twenty-first, twenty-second and twenty-first). If you want to teach the all the dates go to the following post on DATES .

Here is the adaptive learning activity. As it is in HTML 5 it should work on any device. Just follow the instructions and if you learn all the dates you will be give a chance to play a game. Enjoy.

If you would like to see the adaptive learning activity on the full screen click the button:

Dates – adaptive learning

Dates – Share

At some schools there is a problem with the internet connection. That is why you can download the following file and use the activity offline with your students. Moreover, you can upload the activity to your site and share it there. No strings attached 🙂

DATES_html5 (Web)

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mike 17/11/2014 at 6:55 am -

    How did you create the adaptive learning activity that you have embedded here?

    It would be great if I could create something similar for my students.

    Great website by the way!


  2. wadiah 17/11/2014 at 12:11 pm -

    It’s very good way to teach ESL students because they need repetition to learn.

  3. Zdenda 19/11/2014 at 3:20 am -

    I do check my lessons carefully. However, I am not a robot. However, thanks for spotting the mistake. I will correct it ASAP.

  4. Zdenda 19/11/2014 at 3:21 am -

    I use the programme called iSpring suite. It allows branching and adding quizzes and many other interactions. It is on sale right now, though it is not really cheap.

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