Tactilingo basics
Tactilingo’s Global word bank is presently available in English, French, and Spanish; however, teachers of other languages can still use Tactilingo game templates by entering their own vocabulary into their Personal Words. The Global Words will offer other languages in the future. See more details below under What if I teach a no-data language?

Here are a few options:

  • Option #1: Click on the green Preview Games button. > Preview, select, and copy other users’ games.
  • Option #2: Click on Copy Lists. > View, select, and copy other users’ lists > Create games using the following customizable templates:
    1. Matching Game template
    2. Categorizing Game template
    3. Sentence Game template
  • Option #3: Click on Create Words, Lists and Folders > Enter your vocabulary words > Organize into lists and folders > Select Create Games > Create games using the following customizable templates:
    1. Matching Game template
    2. Categorizing Game template
    3. Sentence Game template

Once you’ve created a game, you can assign it to your classes or individual students by going to Manage Classes & Assignments and Manage Students. Then, let the fun and learning begin!


Managing your account
Go to the Tactilingoapp home page and click on New User? Create a Tactilingo account.
Provide the following information:
  1. First name
  2. Last name
  3. E-mail address
  4. Language taught: If you teach two languages enter the primary language. Doing this will not affect which games you can create.
  5. Password
  6. Who are you? Are you a teacher, a tutor, an IT person, a homeschooling parent, a therapist, or other?
  7. Level(s) taught: Do you teach pre-K, elementary, middle school, high school, university, and/or adult education?
  8. Terms and conditions: Agree to the terms and conditions, and Voilà! You have yourself an account and are ready to begin!
1. Click on your name in the upper righthand corner of the header.
2. Select My Profile from the dropdown menu.
  1. The My Profile page will be the first thing you see.
  2. Click on Password in the blue sidebar to make changes to your password.
  1. On the Login page, click on Forgot Your Password?
  2. Enter your e-mail address.
  3. Click on Send Password Reset Link.

Managing students
You can add student information or ask each student to create their account at your computer during class time.
  1. Go to the home page, click on Manage Students.
  2. Click on the blue Add Student button.
  3. Start by adding the birthdate by clicking on the calendar icon.
  4. If the student is under the age of 16, this will trigger the Parental Consent Form. Read the message and select the appropriate box.
  5. If you are not ready to proceed, then click on the blue Not ready yet button. If not, click on the blue Continue button.
  6. Enter the remaining information:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • E-mail address
    • Password (Suggestion: If you are entering information on your own, you can create one generic password for all students, and they can reset their password later by clicking on Forgot your password?)
    • Confirm password
  7. Students will receive an e-mail with their ID and password along with a link to the login page.
  1. Go to the home page, click on Manage Students.
  2. Next to the student’s name, you will see a blue edit icon in the last column of the table. Click it.
  3. You can edit the following information:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • E-mail address ( If you get the message “The e-mail has already been taken”, this means the student is probably signed up with another language teacher. In Phase 1 of Tactilingo you will have to use a secondary e-mail address for this student.)
  4. For forgotten passwords, follow the instructions under Managing your account.
  5. To deactivate a student, select Deactivated from the pulldown menu in the Activation Column.
  6. To delete a student, click on the red delete icon in the Manage column.

Managing classes & assignments
You can create up to seven classes with a maximum of 100 students per class. To create a class, follow the instructions below.
  1. Go to the home page, click on Manage Classes & Assignments.
  2. Click on the blue Create a Class button.
  3. Enter the following information:
    • Class name
    • Description
    • Language taught
  4. Click on the Create a Class button.
  5. Your new class will show up in a table on your Manage Classes & Assignments page along with its description, the number of games assigned, and the number of students.
The table on the Manage Classes & Assignments page has the following information:
  1. Class name
  2. Class description
  3. Games assigned to this class
  4. Number of Students in that class
  5. Manage column (edit and delete icons)
You can click on any word or number that is highlighted in blue to access more information.

  1. To populate your class, click on the class name.
  2. Under the class name, you will see Games / Students. Click on Students.
  3. Click on Add Student(s).
  4. A popup will show up with a search bar and a checklist of all the student names under Manage Students.
  5. You can either type a student's name into the search bar or check the box(es) next to the students’ names in the list below the search bar.
  6. Click on Add Student(s) to Class.
  7. Students’ names will appear in the class table.
  1. Click on the blue class name that is in the table.
  2. Select Students below the class name.
  3. Click on the delete icon in the Manage Column.
  4. Confirm deletion.
You can edit class information on the Manage Classes & Assignments page by clicking on the Manage Column edit icon. You can edit the following information:
  1. Class name
  2. Description
On the Manage Classes & Assignments page, click on the red delete icon in the Manage column.
  1. Click on Manage Classes & Assignments.
  2. Click on the class name.
  3. Click on Add Game(s).
    1. Select game type. A checklist of games will appear in a dropdown menu.
    2. Select game(s) you would like to assign.
    3. Set the start and end dates. *Once the end date has passed, students will no longer have access to this game. If you wish to give them access to it again, you will need to reset the start and end datess.
    4. Click on Add Game(s) and OK.
  4. Choose how to assign the game(s).
    1. If you wish to assign the game(s) to only a few students, click on Assign to Student(s).
      1. Assign the game by selecting the student name(s).
      2. Click on Assign.
      3. Confirm whether you want to send your student(s) an e-mail notification that contains a link to their account.
    2. If you want everyone to play the game, then click on Assign to Class.
      1. Confirm whether you want to send your students an e-mail notification.
  5. Students will now have access to the game(s) on their student dashboard.
  1. Click on Manage Classes & Assignments
  2. Click on the class name.
  3. All the assigned games for that particular class will show up in a table.
  4. Each game has the following information:
    • Game name
    • Start date
    • End date
    • Preview game
    • Assign to student(s)
    • Assign to class
    • Activation
    • Manage
  5. Any game can be previewed by clicking on the blue highlighted Preview Game link.
  1. Click on Manage Classes & Assignments
  2. Click on the class name.
  3. Select the Students tab on the left-hand side, just below the class name.
  4. You can now see completed and accessed games next to each student’s name.
  5. Click on the blue number to view a detailed list of that student’s Completed or Accessed games.
The number displayed in the Completed column tells you how many assigned games each student has completed. For example, if you assigned 14 games and the student completed 13, you know that he/she missed one assignment.

The number displayed in the Accessed column tells you how many times a student has accessed a particular game. Accessed does not mean that he/she has completed the game, only that he/she opened it.
  1. Click on Manage Classes & Assignments.
  2. Click on the class name.
  3. Games can be activated or deactivated in the table by clicking on either Deactivate or Activate under the Activation heading. This action deletes the game title from the student account.
  4. You can also edit or delete games by clicking on their icons under the Manage column.

Managing words, lists & folders
The Tactilingo system is based on three word banks.

  1. Global Words (default) is a public collection of most used vocabulary words in English, French, and Spanish, and their attributes. Words, images, and audio are added to the collection regularly by Tactilingo's administration. (This is a work in progress.)

    You can not change the information in Global Words, so if you find an error, please notify us, and we'll make the necessary change; however, Global Words can be copied to the Personal Words page and edited there.

  2. Personal Words is where you can edit copied words from Global Words or Community Words or create words from scratch. Your Personal Words will always show up in the Global Words view when creating games. This page is private by default, but if you wish to share your words with the Tactilingo community, you must follow these steps:

    This page is private by default, but if you wish to share your words with the Tactilingo community, you must follow these steps:
    1. Select which words you wish to share with the Tactilingo community by either selecting individual words, or clicking Select All. Please note, when you click Select All, it will only select the words shown on that page, not the ones on subsequent pages. If you wish to choose several words, then change the number of entries to a different number.
    2. Click the Share Word(s) tab on the right.
    3. Confirm that you wish to make ALL your selected Personal Word(s) accessible to the Tactilingo community. Other users will be able to copy your word(s) but will not be able to edit them on their page. By confirming, you also acknowledge that your word(s) are acceptable by any school standard and that all your images are public domain
    4. Enter the username that will appear on the Community Words page
    5. Select all the L1s (Native language(s)) and L2s (New Language(s)).
    6. Click Submit.
  3. Community Words lists all the users who have chosen to share their Personal Words with the Tactilingo community. You can search this word bank by entering either a username, L1 or L2. When you click the blue username, that user’s Personal Words appear on the screen. If you wish to copy their words, you simply have to select and copy them to your Personal Words.
All the words are linked to the ten attributes listed below:
  1. L1 (native language)
  2. L2 (new language)
  3. Gender (if applicable)
  4. Flashtile (picture)
  5. Symtile (part of speech icon)
  6. Symtile name (part of speech)
  7. Symtile (text) definition (Symtile (picture/text) definition is also available but not visible in the table)
  8. Symtile type (ex: definite, demonstrative, etc…)
  9. Audio
  10. Sample sentence
Definitely. There are a few ways to do so:

  1. Click on the Preview Games button to access the Community Games pages.
    1. Search for and preview games in your language.
    2. If you like what you see, then select and copy them to your Personal Games page.
  2. Click on Copy Lists to access the Community Lists pages.
    1. Search for your language and view lists.
    2. If you like what you see, then select and copy them to your Personal Lists page.
  3. Click on Create Words, Lists & Folders.
    1. Click on the grey Community Words tab on the far right-side and search for your language.
    2. Click on usernames to gain access to their words.
    3. Select the ones you want then copy them to your Personal Words page.
  4. Click on Create Words, Lists & Folders.
    1. This action brings you to the Global Words page.
    2. Search for your words in English.
    3. Select words, then click on Copy Word(s).
    4. You will then be redirected to your Personal Words page.
    5. Click on the edit icon next to your copied word under the Manage column.
    6. You can now change anything you like, such as L1, L2, Flashtile (image), audio, etc.
    7. Save changes.
  5. Click on Create Words, Lists & Folders.
    1. Select the Personal Words tab on the right-hand side.
    2. You can create a word from scratch by clicking on the Create Word button. Go to the Copying/editing/adding words section below and follow the 3rd method instructions.
1st method – Copy Global Words and edit them in Personal Words:
  1. On the Global Words page, search for one or more words.
  2. Select words you wish to edit, then click on Copy Word(s). You will then be redirected to your Personal Words page.
  3. Click on the edit icon next to your copied word under the Manage column.
  4. You can now change anything you like, such as L1, L2, Flashtile (image), audio, etc.
  5. Save changes.
2nd method – Copy and edit words from Community Words:
  1. On the Community Words page, search for L1, L2 or username.
  2. Click on the blue username to gain access to that user's Personal Words.
  3. Select the words you want then copy them to your Personal Words page.
  4. On the Personal Words page, click on the edit icon next to your copied word under the Manage column.
  5. You can now change anything you like, such as L1, L2, Flashtile (image), audio etc.
  6. Save changes.

3rd method – Create a word not found in Global Words:
  1. Click on Personal Words to activate the Create Word button
  2. Click on the Create Word button.
  3. After selecting your first and second languages and adding the respective words, you will need to also add the following:
    1. Flashtile (picture – optional)
    2. Audio (optional)
    3. Symtile (part of speech icon) from a drop-down menu
    4. Symtile name
    5. Symtile definition (text): You can edit the default definition.
    6. Symtile definition (image): Will appear when Symtile is chosen
    7. Gender (when applicable)
    8. Part of speech type (optional)
    9. Sample sentence (optional)
Your new word will appear under your Personal Words view but not under the Global Words view on the Words, Lists & Folders page; however, the search bar will access both your Global and Personal Words when creating games.
When you create a word, you will need to add a Flashtile, which is an image associated with your word.

There are two ways to do so:

1st method – Find Flashtiles:
  1. Click on Find Flashtiles.
  2. Search for an image by entering the name of the image in English. If you don’t like the pictures, entering its name in the plural can sometimes help locate other options.
  3. Select an image by clicking on the circle below it.
  4. Click Submit.
Note: The images used here are from The Noun Project and can only be used for the sole purpose of making Tactilingo games.

2nd method – Upload Flashtile:
  1. Make sure that you already have an image saved in one of your computer folders.
    • It can be in any of the following formats: jpeg, png or jpg.
    • It must not be greater than 500 kb (kilobytes). The snipping tool on most computers is an easy way to capture an image in the proper format.
    • If you wish to make your Personal Words public and share them on the Tactilingo Community page, make sure that all your images are from the public domain.
  2. Click on Choose File under Upload Flashtile.
  3. Search for the image file, select the image then click open.
  4. The image name should appear next to Choose File.
  5. Once you save your word, the image will be visible.
When you are creating a word, you will need to upload an audio clip. There are two ways to go about it:
1st method:
  1. Already have your audio clip saved in one of your computer folders. It can either be in a wav format or an mp3 format.
  2. Click on Choose File under Upload Audio.
  3. Search for the audio clip file folder, select the audio clip then click open.
  4. The audio clip name should appear next to Choose File.
2nd method:
  1. Make sure to set up your computer’s microphone properly.
  2. Click on the blue microphone icon under Upload Audio and record your word. Click on Stop to stop your recording.
  3. Your audio clip will appear below the microphone. Listen to it by clicking on the play icon. If it is acceptable, then proceed to step 4. If it is not, then repeat step 2 until you get a proper recording.
  4. Save your chosen clip by either clicking on Save to Disk (just underneath the clip) or by clicking on the three dots next to the volume icon to uncover the Download icon.
  5. Select the folder you wish to use for your audio clips. Label your file with the name of the image.
  6. Click on Save.
  7. Click on Choose File under Upload Audio.
  8. Search for the audio clip file, select the audio clip, then click open.
  9. The audio clip name should appear next to Choose File.
Note: When creating verbs, take the time to create audio clips for the different forms of that verb and save them in your audio file for later use when creating sentence games.
  1. Click on Create Words, Lists & Folders.
  2. Click on the Personal Words tab on the right-hand side.
  3. Check Select boxes next to the word(s) you wish to share with the Tactilingo community.
  4. If you wish to share all your Personal Words , it’s best to change the Show 10 entries to 50 or 100 before selecting words.
  5. Click the Share Word(s) button on the right.
  6. Click Confirm or No after reading the following popup:
    • Please confirm that you wish to make ALL your selected Personal Word(s) accessible to the Tactilingo community. Other users can copy your word(s) but cannot edit them on your page. By confirming, you also acknowledge that your word(s) are acceptable by any school standard and that all your images are public domain.
  7. When confirmed, enter your username and select L1s and L2s, then click Submit.
  8. The word's status will change from Unshared to Shared under the Shared Status column.
  9. Shared words can be viewed by clicking on the Community Words tab on the right then on the username.
To edit or delete words, you must go to the Personal Words view, then click on the icons that are in the Manage column.
  1. To create a vocabulary list, click on Create Words, Lists & Folders.
  2. In the search bar, type in one of your vocabulary words. Search as you would in a dictionary. Verbs, for example, are in the infinitive form.
  3. To find your word, it is sometimes helpful to sort the column of your choice by clicking on the up and down arrows next to the column header.
  4. Select the box in column 1 that is next to your word.
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 4 for the rest of your words.
  6. When you have selected all your words, click on Add Word(s) To List(s) at the top of the page.
  7. A window will pop up with a search bar. If you have not yet created a list, there will be nothing to search for: however, if you have created lists before, they will be visible under the search bar. Select the box next to the desired list and click on Add Word(s) To List(s) and OK.
  8. If you wish to create a new list, click on Create List .
  9. A pop-up window will appear. Enter your new list name. Click on Create List & Add to Folder.
  10. The next pop-up window will ask you to either add this list to an existing folder or to Create a New Folder.
  11. When you select Create a New Folder, a final pop-up window will ask you to enter a new folder name.
  12. After you’ve clicked on Create and OK, you will be brought back to the Add To Folders window.
  13. Select the box next to the desired folder and click on Add to Folder(s) and OK.
  14. Finally, select the box next to the desired list and click on Add Word(s) to List(s) and OK.
  1. On the upper left-hand side of the Manage Words, Lists & Folders page there are three tabs: Words, Lists and Folders. Click on the desired tab.
  2. Click on the View Words or View List(s) button.
  1. Click on Copy Lists.
  2. Click on the Personal Lists tab on the left-hand side.
  3. Check Select boxes next to the list(s) you wish to share with the Tactilingo community.
  4. If you wish to share them all, it’s best to change the Show 10 entries to 50 or 100 before selecting lists.
  5. Click the Share List(s) button on the right.
  6. If you have not shared some of your Personal Words with the Tactilingo community, then you will receive the following Alert! popup. Click Confirm or No.
    This list contains Personal Words that have not been shared with the Tactilingo community. By clicking Confirm, we will make ALL of these words accessible to the community. Other users can copy your word(s) but cannot edit them on your page. By confirming, you also acknowledge that your word(s) are acceptable by any school standard and that all your images are public domain. If any of your words do not meet these requirements, please click No for further instructions.
    1. If you click Confirm:
      1. Enter your username
      2. Click Submit.
    2. If you click NO:
      1. Deselect the words that do not meet the sharing requirements.
      2. Click Share.
      3. Enter your username
      4. Click Submit.
  7. The list's status will change from Unshared to Shared under the Shared Status column.
  8. To view shared lists, either click on the Community Lists tab on the right, then on the View Word(s) button, or click on the Copy Lists button on your home page.
  1. There are two ways of accessing your Community Lists page.
    1. On your home page, click on Copy Lists.
    2. On your Lists page, click on the Community Lists tab on the right-hand side.
  2. Search for a list name, username or language.
  3. Click on View Words to see the list of words.
  4. If you wish to copy the list, click on the Select column’s selection box next to the ID number. Please note that your own lists will not have a selection box.
  5. Click on the Copy List(s) button on the right-hand side.
  6. Once confirmed, you need to select an existing folder or create a new one. Follow the prompts.
  7. To view your copied list, go to the Personal Lists page.
  8. Click on View Word(s) to delete any word by clicking on the icon under the Manage column.
  9. You can also change the title of your copied list by clicking on the edit icon on the Personal Lists page.
  1. Click on the Copy Lists button then on the Personal Lists tab on the left-hand side.
  2. Click on the blue View Words button next to the list that you wish to print or download.
  3. Click on the blue Print/Download button on the left-hand side.
  4. Select Print or Download and follow the usual printing or downloading steps.
  1. Click on the Copy Lists button then on the Personal Lists tab on the left-hand side.
  2. Select the lists that you wish to combine by clicking on their respective Select boxes on the left-hand side.
  3. Click on the Combine List button.
  4. Confirm and enter a new list name.
  5. Click on the Create List and Add to Folder button.
  6. Click on either the Add To Folder or Create New Folder button and follow the prompts.
  1. On the upper left-hand side of the Create Words, Lists & Folders page there are three tabs: Words, Lists and Folders. Click on the desired tab.
  2. To edit or delete lists or folders, click on the icons that are in the Manage column.

Managing games
  1. Go to the Create Games home page.
  2. Click on the Create Game button.
  3. Under Select a Game, choose Matching Game Template.
  4. Select Use preset game templates and then choose one of the following options:
    1. Match Flashtiles/L1 to L2/Audio
    2. Match L2/Audio to Flashtiles/L1
    3. Match Audio to Flashtiles/L1
  5. You can preview the game if you’re not sure what it does.
  6. Give your game a name.
  7. Default instructions are provided, but you can edit the text if you like. (This functionality is only available after choosing a game template.)
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select L1 and L2.
  10. Search for 20 words using one or all of the methods below:
    a. Search for specific words using the search bar and click on their selection boxes in the table. *(Make sure to add accents if there are any or the word won’t be recognized.)
    b. Choose a list from the drop-down menu and either click on Select All or select individual words from that particular list. (If you have a long list of words, you might want to show more than 25 entries on the page at one time. Your other options are 50 or 100 words from the drop-down menu just above the table on the left-hand side.)
    *If you are searching for a word in the search bar and get the message No matching records found, make sure that you do not have a list selected at that time, or you will only get words from that list. Deselect the list by clicking on the down arrow and then click on Select List and your word should come up. If it doesn't, then you will have to add that word to your Personal Words.
  11. Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
  12. You can test your game before saving it if you wish. If you want to play it a second time, simply click on Reset.
  13. Save your game by clicking on the Save Game button at the bottom.
  1. Go to the Create Games home page.
  2. Click on the Create Game button.
  3. Under Select a Game, choose Matching Game Template.
  4. Select Create your own game.
  5. Give your game a name.
  6. Provide instructions for your game. (This functionality is only available after selecting Create your own game.)
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select L1 and L2.
  9. Search for 20 words using one or all of the methods below:
  10. a. Search for specific words using the search bar and click on their selection boxes in the table. *(Make sure to add accents if there are any, or the word won’t be recognized.)
    b. Choose a list from the drop-down menu and either Select All or select individual words from that particular list. (If you have a long list of words, you might want to show more than 25 entries on the page at one time. Your options are 50 or 100 words from the drop-down menu just above the table on the left-hand side.)
    *If you are searching for a word in the search bar and get the message No matching records found, make sure that you do not have a list selected at that time, or you will only get words from that list. Deselect the list by clicking on the down arrow and then click on Select List and your word should come up. If it doesn't, then you will have to add that word to your Personal Words.
  11. Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
  12. You are now on the customization page where you select which attributes (from the drop-down menu) will be visible in the drag boxes and the fixed boxes. You can choose one or two attributes per box. If you choose only one, then you have to select None as your second attribute.
  13. Click Next.
  14. You can test your game before saving it if you wish. If you want to play it a second time simply click on Reset.
  15. Save your game by clicking on the Save Game button at the bottom.
  1. Go to the Create Games home page.
  2. Click on the Create Game button.
  3. Under Select a Game, choose Categorizing Game Template.
  4. Select Use preset game templates and and choose one of the following options:
    1. Gender Sort L2
    2. Symtile Match with Text Definition
    3. Symtile Match with Picture Definition
  5. You can Preview the Game if you’re not sure what it does.
  6. Give your game a name.
  7. Default instructions are provided, but you can edit the text if you like. (This functionality is only available after choosing a game template.)
  8. Click Next. Symtile Match games are ready after this step.
  9. The following steps are for the Gender Sort L2 template. Select L1 and L2.
  10. Search for 20 words using one or all of the methods below:
  11. a. Search for specific words using the search bar and click on their selection boxes in the table. *(Make sure to add accents if there are any, or the word won’t be recognized.)
    b. Choose a list from the drop-down menu and either Select All or select individual words from that particular list. (If you have a long list of words, you might want to show more than 25 entries on the page at one time. Your options are 50 or 100 words from the drop-down menu just above the table on the left-hand side.)
    *If you are searching for a word in the search bar and get the message No matching records found, make sure that you do not have a list selected at that time, or you will only get words from that list. Deselect the list by clicking on the down arrow and then click on Select List and your word should come up. If it doesn’t, then you will have to add that word to your Personal Words.
  12. Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
  13. You can test your game before saving it if you wish. If you want to play it a second time, simply click on Reset.
  14. Save your game by clicking on the Save Game button at the bottom.
  1. Go to the Create Games home page.
  2. Click on the Create Game button.
  3. Under Select a Game, choose Categorizing Game Template.
  4. Select Create your own game.
  5. Give your game a name.
  6. Provide instructions for your game. (This functionality is only available after selecting Create your own game.)
  7. Click Next.
  8. Select L1 and L2.
  9. Search for 20 words using one or all of the methods below:
  10. a. Search for specific words using the search bar and click on their selection boxes in the table. *(Make sure to add accents if there are any, or the word won’t be recognized.)
    b. Choose a list from the drop-down menu and either Select All or select individual words from that particular list. (If you have a long list of words, you might want to show more than 25 entries on the page at one time. Your options are 50 or 100 words from the drop-down menu just above the table on the left-hand side.)
    *If you are searching for a word in the search bar and get the message No matching records found, make sure that you do not have a list selected at that time, or you will only get words from that list. Deselect the list by clicking on the down arrow and then click on Select List and your word should come up. If it doesn't, then you will have to add that word to your Personal Words.
  11. Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
  12. You are now on the customization page, where you select Symtile categories from the three top category boxes’ drop down menu. If you require more than three category boxes, simply click on the + sign.
  13. Next, select which attribute will show up in the Drag box, then click on Save Game and Ok.
  14. You can test your game before exiting. If you want to play it a second time, simply click on Reset.
  15. Click on Exit Game to return to the Create Game home page.
Even though this template is called Sentence Game Template, you can also use it to create other types of games such as:
  • A conjugation game by having a pronoun, a verb root, and different verb endings to choose from
  • An ordering game by having several words that need to be placed in the proper order
  • An expression or phrase game etc.

The game creation process has three pages:
  1. Create Sentence Game page
  2. Edit Sentence Game page
  3. Finalize Sentence Game page

On the Create Sentence Game page, you create your first sentence using a minimum of three words and a maximum of 10. You then click on the Sentence Done button, which brings you to the Edit Sentence Game page. If you wish to add extra words to your sentence, then click on the Yes button which brings you back to the Create Sentence Game page. At that point, you can add up to 10 extra words to use as multiple-choices.

We recommend that all the words in your sentence be different, with no repeats. If you need to have the same word more than once, then make sure to indicate which one goes first because each drag box can only fit in one place. You determine their locations on the Finalize Sentence Game page.

  • There are a few ways that you can indicate the order of repeats.
    1. On the Create Sentence Game page,>Click on Select Drag Box #2 > Select Symtile Name from the drop-down menu >On the Edit Sentence Game page, edit the Symtile Name by adding a number. Ex: Article (1)
    2. On the Edit Sentence Game page, edit the word by adding a number next to it. Ex: the (1)
    3. On the Finalize Sentence Game page, color-code the box frames Ex: Pink frames go first.
  • Suppose you need repeats of the same word, for example, “the.” In that case, you’ll need to ensure that there are already copies of the word in either Global or Personal Word or on one of your lists because once selected, you can’t deselect and reselect a word to make a copy.
When you return to the Edit Sentence Game page, you can edit any word attribute, such as changing infinitive verbs to conjugated verbs or making a word feminine or plural. You also have the option to choose a different Flashtile or audio file.

Finally, we have the Finalize Sentence Game page. This page is where you drag your answers under the prompt boxes to set the correct order of words or Flashtiles. If you want to give your students extra clues, you can color-code any box frame by clicking on the boxes. The colors will cycle through blue>pink>yellow>black.

Step by step instructions:
  1. Click on Create Games.
  2. Click on the Create Game button.
  3. Under Select a Game, choose Sentence Game Template.
  4. Select Create your own game.
  5. Give your game a name.
  6. Provide instructions for your game. This functionality is only available after selecting Create your own game. Please note that you'll be unable to change your instructions once you click on Next, so please ensure to include all the information students need to play the game. If you need color-coded frames in your game, it’s a good idea to mention what they represent here in the instructions.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Create Sentence Game page
    1. Select L1 and L2.
    2. Next, decide which attributes will be visible in the sentence clue boxes and the drag boxes. Click on the blue Information icon for a diagram of how it appears to students.
      1. Select two, one, or no attribute for your Sentence Clues. These clues help students know which answers to choose. If you want to make your game more challenging, you might want to omit the second attribute or provide no clues if you’re going to create jumbled sentences. If such is the case, then select None for the attributes.
      2. Select one or two attributes for your drag boxes. If you don’t want a second attribute, select None.
    3. Now it’s time to create your sentence or phrase. Search for the first word of your sentence in one of two ways:
      1. Option #1 - Click on Search Word In on the right-hand side and select L1 or L2. Then, type your word in the blue-framed search bar underneath. Keep in mind that when searching for words, search for the base word first (e.g., the infinitive for verbs, the singular form for nominal group words) unless, for example, your conjugated verb is already in Global or Personal Words. You will have an opportunity to change your selections to suit your sentence on the Edit Sentence Game page.
      2. Option #2 - Click on Select Lists on the left-hand side, and search for your list by either entering the title in its search bar or scrolling down. When you find your list, click on it, and all the words from your list will show up in the table below
    4. Select the word you want from the table by clicking on the box under Select. The selected word should have a checkmark next to it.
    5. Repeat the previous two steps for the rest of the words in your sentence. You must have a minimum of three words and a maximum of ten words to create a sentence. If you only have two words in your sentence, you can add punctuation to take up your 3rd-word space.
    6. After selecting the final word of your sentence, click on Sentence done.
  9. On the Edit Sentence Game page
    1. Decide if you want extra words mixed in with the sentence words on the student page.
    2. If so, click on Yes. This action will bring you back to the Create Sentence Game page.
      1. Select extra words by following the same steps as before. You can choose up to ten extra words.
      2. After selecting your extra words, click on Sentence done.
    3. If you don’t require any other words, you can edit the words on this page by clicking on the Manage column’s edit icon, which allows you to do such things as conjugate verbs or make a word feminine or plural. You also have the option of choosing a different Flashtile or audio file. Everything is customizable. Please note, though, that the changes that are made here are only for the game.
    4. If all your words are ready, click on Done.
    5. A pop-up will appear, asking whether you wish to edit any of your words because you cannot go back to make corrections beyond this point.
      1. If you need extra words, click on Yes and follow the instructions in steps 8c.- 8f. above.
      2. Click on No if you’re finished.
  10. On the Finalize Sentence Game page
    1. Drag your answers under the sentence clue boxes and put them in the proper order.
    2. If you want to color-code certain clues or drag boxes, just click on them, and the frames will cycle through the following colors: blue, pink, yellow, and black. Here are a few ways you could use color-coded frames:
      1. Example #1: Masculine words (blue), Feminine (pink), Neutral (yellow), and No gender (black)
      2. Example #2: Articles (blue), Subject Pronouns (pink), Object Pronouns (yellow)
      3. Example #3: First word of the sentence (blue), last word (pink)
    3. Click on Save Sentence and then on OK.
    4. If you wish to create another sentence, click on Create another sentence and repeat steps 8c. - 10c. You can create up to ten sentences.
    5. If your game is complete, click on Game Complete.
  11. You can preview your game on the Manage Games page by clicking on the third tab – Sentence Games, and then on Preview Game.
  1. Click on Create Games.
  2. Check Select boxes next to the game(s) you wish to share with the Tactilingo community.
  3. If you wish to share them all, it’s best to change the Show 10 entries to 50 or 100 before selecting games.
  4. Click the Share Game(s) button on the right.
  5. Confirm, enter username then click Submit.
  6. The status of the game(s) will change from Unshared to Shared under the Shared Status column.
  7. Shared games can be viewed by either clicking on the Community Games tab at the top of the page or by clicking on the big green Preview Games button on your home page.
  1. Click on the big green Preview Games button on your home page.
  2. Search for username, game name/category, or language.
  3. Click on Preview Game.
  4. If you wish to copy the game, click on the Select column’s selection box next to the ID number. Please note that your own games will not have a selection box.
  5. Click on the Copy Game(s) button on the right-hand side.
  6. Confirm your selection.
  7. To view your copied game, go to your Personal Games page.
  8. Click on Preview Game.
  9. You can also change your copied game’s title by clicking on the edit icon under the Manage column.
Drag, boxes, or words to their potential location. If it’s the wrong location, then the boxes or words will automatically return to their original location. If it's the right location, they will remain.

In some of the games, there will be color-coded frames around certain Flashtiles and Symtiles to indicate the gender of the image. These visual cues help users choose the correct answer. Each color represents the following:
  • Blue frame - masculine word
  • Pink frame - feminine word
  • Yellow frame - neutral word or a word that can be either masculine or feminine
  • Black frame (default frame) - no gender

A timer at the bottom of the page calculates how long it takes the user to complete the exercise. There is also an attempt calculator (with a little green weightlifter) that indicates how many tries the user required to get the right answer. The number next to 1 shows them how many answers they got right on the first try. The number next to 2+ shows them how many answers needed more than two tries to get it right.
On the Create Games home page, you can view all of your games by template type. The Default page shows all your Matching Games. To see your Categorizing Games, click on the middle tab next to the Matching Games tab. The final tab is for your Sentence Games.

Below the tabs, there is a table with all the games. Next to each game title, there is the following:
  • How often students have Accessed the game. You can click on the blue number to view a detailed list of student names.
  • How many have Completed their assignment. You can click on the blue number to view a detailed list of student names.
  • A preview of what students will see.
  • Whether you’ve shared the game with the Tactilingo Community.
  • Edit icon that allows you to change the title. Unfortunately, you can't edit the game. You would have to start over.
  • Delete icon if you wish to delete the game entirely.

Student page
When students log in to their Tactilingo account, they will see the following:
  • Their classes
  • Four tabs
    • Matching Games
    • Categorizing Games
    • Sentence Games
    • Game Details
      • Game Name
      • Due Date
      • Game Accessed
      • Game Completed
They can click on any game and play it whenever they like before the expiration date. Matching and Categorizing Games allow students to Reset, Save as PDF, and Exit Game. Sentence Games have the same functions except for an additional button called Record as Completed. This button must be clicked at the end of the game to show up as completed. Students have the option of playing the game again for extra practice.

You can use the Save as PDF feature in many ways. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Send to teachers as proof of completion.
  • Print to hand in the next day as homework.
  • Print before doing it and use it as a paper version of the game.
  • After playing the Gender Sort Game, print it out to help study the gender of words.

System requirements to operate Tactilingo
Presently, Tactilingo is only accessible by computer. It will not work on any phone or tablet.
Tactilingo can run using any LAPTOP and DESKTOP resolution and work on any operating system using either Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.