Introduction to the Workout Room
This page demonstrates the different kinds of exercise used in
the Old English Aerobics Workout Room. There are only five,
and they are very simple. At the beginning of every exercise
you will see a dialog box like this one, letting you know what
the exercise is all about. Click “OK” or hit the Enter or
Escape key to dismiss it.
After you dismiss this dialog box, you will see the first
task, with instructions. Read these carefully.
sword is gōd.
King Alfred ruled the West Saxons.
Bēowulf is mīn nama.
An exercise is divided into tasks, each of which requires
that you work with a short text. This is a “Find” task,
which asks you to find all the nouns in the sentence
above. When you click a noun it will be highlighted. When
you’re satisfied that you’ve found them all, click “Submit.”
If you completed this task successfully, you will now see
a message below, telling you that you earned two points. A
penalty (usually one point) is assessed for any mistake
Use the navigation button on the right to advance to the
next task; use the one on the left to review tasks you
have already completed. You can’t look ahead: the
right-hand navigation button will take you no farther than
the current task.
This is a “Choice” task. It asks you to supply information
about a word or other sentence element (always highlighted)
by choosing answers from one or more lists. Here the task
is to supply the case and number of the highlighted word.
Some “Choice” tasks repeat themselves: in these, you must
click the “Go on” button to advance to the next phase of the
task after you’ve looked at the program’s
feedback. This task asks for the part of speech of the
highlighted word (try making a mistake to see what happens).
Notice how Old English Aerobics gives you feedback. Green means “you got this one
right”; red means “you got
this one wrong”; purple
means “this is a correct answer that you missed.”
This one is a “Fill-in-the blank” task. The text contains one
or more blanks, which you fill by dragging the tiles onto
The “I give up” button gives you one answer. In tasks that ask
several questions you can click this button repeatedly. You
earn no points for answers you get this way: notice how the
score counter at the bottom of the task window is decremented
when you click “I give up.”
The “Combo” task combines the “Find” and “Choice”
tasks. First you click on a single word (or other sentence
element), and then you answer questions about it. This
particular task asks you to find nouns.
The last kind of task is translation. Above is a text in Old English and below is a
box in which you can type your translation. After you click “Submit” your
translation will be assigned a score and you’ll be able to compare your translation
to one from the Old English Aerobics database.
Look at the box underneath the task window to keep track of
your progress through the exercise and to check the score
you’ve earned so far.
Notice that the slide is dimmed at the end of a task: this
is your signal that the task is done.
When you no longer need the roving instruction box on the
right, click on it to make it disappear.
You can earn 0 points
for this task.