Please refer to How do I use 'Pronunciation' mode? for a summary of menu icons available within ImmerseMe.
Click the Typing button from the lesson script page, for our example we're in French > Bakery > Buying a loaf of bread (Acheter du pain)...
Once the native speaker has finished talking, a dialogue box at the bottom of the screen will appear with the sentence you need to type...
Now you simply need to type out the sentence using correct punctuation and spelling EXACTLY as it is shown to you in the grey background of the dialogue box. This means starting each sentence with a capital letter, using appropriate punctuation like commas, hyphens, full stops etc. For languages with accented letters like French, you can access a range of options after typing the base letter, 'a' for example will give us the option to keep a, press 2 for à, 3 for â or 4 for æ . If we're missing any variations, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Pro tips! There are a few alternative ways to select the required accented letter:
- Use the assigned number from your keyboard (1, 2, 3, 4 etc) as explained above.
- Click the letter using your mouse.
- Scroll between options using the UP arrow or DOWN arrow on your keyboard then either press SPACE or ENTER once the required letter is highlighted in blue.
Once you have successfully typed out the sentence 100% accurate then it will lock into the dialogue box above the actors head. There's no 'Submit' button because you're either 100% accurate or you need to fix a mistake. If it appears like you've completed the sentence correctly and it's not submitting then please email firstname.lastname@example.org as it may be an issue to do with strange versions of characters getting accidentally imported during the upload process which we can easily fix ASAP. Here's what your screen will look like after the first sentence is correctly typed out...
Now you need to follow the on-screen prompt which says 'Click here to type this response >' pointing to the keyboard icon. We also recommend pressing the play button to listen to the next sentence. Listening practise is highly beneficial to language learning! Often there is more than one possible response, hence why we need you to choose which response you'd like to submit...
Quiz Question: I have correctly typed this sentence but it hasn't yet submitted, why?
Answer: If you look closely, it is because I still haven't entered a full stop to finish my sentence. Once I do the native speaker automatically replies and we can continue typing out the conversation.
You may ask, what's the point in simply typing the sentences out when it's shown on screen?
Good question! This is still called receptive processing of language from one skill (listening) to another (writing), please refer to our explanation about pedagogy for more information. We are currently developing an additional writing mode which will be aptly called 'Spelling' that will hide the spelling of words and students will be required to type them out from memory whilst still displaying punctuation. Stay tuned, because that mode will be significantly more difficult but a great progression to make after Typing mode has been successfully completed!
Please note, you can also change the input language using the keyboard icon on the left of the dialogue box (shown below). This is useful for languages such as Chinese which sometimes have English words within the sentence...
Now you should be ready to progress to 'Translation' mode or feel free to go back and revise 'Pronunciation' mode using the direct links below: