Sentence Game Maker

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What is a sentence game?

A Languages Online Sentence Game begins with a sentence that has one or more words missing, and number of possible 'answer' words. The player must select the correct answer words to complete the sentence. This game focuses on sentence structure and word order, and depending on the answer options that appear in the game, it can be used to for practising agreements, adjectival endings, articles or many other grammatical points.

The diagram below shows the information you can enter into the Game Maker and how it appears in a finished game.

A Game name and your name will appear here To begin you type in a complete sentence. You then highlight the words you want to become gaps. Those words then become the 'correct gap words' and are replaced in the sentence with the underscores.  
Diagram showing the components of a Sentence Game: at top is a partially completed sentence, to the right is an image which serves as a clue, below are a pool of words which the student must select from. These include some 'trick' words.
These are the Correct gap words. They are the words you highlighted as 'gap words' in the sentence you first typed. You can also add some Trick gap words. These appear alongside the correct gap words that the player must choose from. You can provide a Clue to help the player complete the sentence. The clue can be text, a picture, a voice recording or a video clip. Clues are optional.

Here are some some examples of how the Sentence Game can be used:

Sentence or phrase/clue Correct gap word(s) Possible 'trick' gap word(s)
I have a pet ___. (with a picture of a cat) cat dog, bird etc
Lei ha gli _____ _______. occhi, piccoli pancia, occhio, piccolo
___ Milch die das, der
Le crayon est ____. (with a picture of a green pencil) vert verte, vertes, verts

Two games in one!

The Sentence Game Maker also offers two ways the player can complete the sentence. In both games the task is exactly the same, the player must select the correct word(s) for the gap(s). The only difference is the way the player selects the words.

Drag and drop the words

The player completes the phrase by dragging and dropping the correct article into place.
'Shoot' the words in the correct order

The player must complete the phrase by 'shooting' the correct word.

When making your game you can select from these two options, or you can nominate to let the player chose the type of game.

You can make games in any language. Any script (for example Arabic or Japanese) that can be typed on your computer can be used.


When your students make their own multimedia language games, they are practising important skills:

When complete, the game is saved on your computer in the location you specify. From here you can copy the game to a disc, memory stick or onto another computer or network to share with others.

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Saving and playing your game

All finished games are saved as a web page with a 'data' folder containing all the resources included in your game. If you like, the Game Maker can package the game folder into a 'zip' file. The two options are described below:

Option 1 Option 2

As a web page

A windows folder called 'my game'

This is the default setting. If unsure, use this option. This saves your game and all resources in a new folder with the name and in the location you specify.

When copying this game make sure you copy the whole game folder.

To play game: Open the game folder and click on the web icon.

Folder containing a subfolder called 'data' and a html file called 'my game.html'

  • Easily included as part of an intranet site, website or digital portfolio
  • Easy to open and play
  • Works on PC or Mac
  • Harder to include in learning Management system
  • harder to email

As a zip file

zip icon called 'my game'

This option packages all the games resources into a standard zipped folder.

To play game:The files must be 'extracted' first. Operation is then the same as option one.

  • Ready to add to leanring management system*
  • Easy to email
  • Player must 'Extract' the zipped files before they can play
  • Can't be included in a website

* Learning Management Systems vary in their operation; in many games can be added by uploading the zipped game folder as a 'resource', and then specifying the webpage inside the zipped folder as the file to open. For example, if including the above zipped game in a Learning Management system the file name for students to view would be 'My Game.html'.

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Correcting a mistake in a game

The Game Maker allows you to open and make changes to the content of a Sentence Game. When you load a game into the Sentence Maker, you can make the following changes:

NOTE: When you load a game back into the Game Maker, you cannot change the type of task. For example if your game uses a pictures, you cannot change it to a game that uses recordings. To do that you need to make a new game.

Translating a game into another language

Games in one language can easily be translated into another language using the Game Maker.

For example, to translate a French game with pictures into Italian, load the French game into the Game Maker, change the text to Italian and then save the changes as a new game.

Teachers: Checking the content of students' games

You can play the game to check the text, pictures or recordings of a student's game.

A quicker way of checking the contents of a student's game is by loading it into the Sentence Game Maker. To do this, select the 'Change existing game' option and navigate to the game you want to check. Once opened, you can view the information that the student entered simply by clicking through each step of the Game Maker.

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Installation and operation


The Memory Game Maker requires the following:

Installation of software in school systems is often restricted. This may mean that only your IT technician is able to install software. Check with your IT support if you are unsure.

Game Makers must be installed on individual computers. They cannot be run over a network.


When making a game you can include the following files:

Finsihed games need and web browser and Flash Player 8 or better to run.

When completed the following files are packaged together:

Some schools' IT systems prevent students from saving these files. If you have problems it's worth Check with your IT support that students are permited to save these files in their folders on the server. If not, it may be possible to create a new folder without these restrictions where students can save their games.

The default save path for completed games is the users 'My Document' folder. Voice recordings are temporarily saved in the users 'temp' folder. To change these default paths see the Technical Notes page

Version history

Version 1.6 (released 2nd April 2012) Version 1.5 Version 1.4 Version 1.3 Version 1.2 Version 1.1

Further Information and help

Each step of the Game Maker has a detailed 'Help' page. Click on the '?' icon in the top right hand corner to view the page.

For futher assistance contact the Languages Online Team (

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