In this post, you will learn the basics of Quizlet, an excellent tool for any language teacher/learner. If you want to know more about Quizlet, please send us an email or write a comment at the bottom part of this post.
What is Quizlet?
Quizlet is a website (www.quizlet.com)/app created to help students to learn specific vocabulary through the use of images, games and collaborative activities. You can get access to Quizlet’s tools just by signing up with your Google account, Facebook account or email. The sign up is completely free, however, there are three different types of subscriptions: Quizlet Go, Quizlet Plus, and Quizlet Teacher. For teachers, you have the chance to pay an annual subscription that will give you access to extra features; for example, you will be able to track your students’ activity and class progress, upload your own images to sets, record customized audio, customized games, and Quizlet live, create as many classes as you need, offline access on the apps. The price for Quizlet Teachers in the USA is $35.99 annually.
How does it work?
As mentioned above, Quizlet allows you to create any type of vocabulary sets. You can add a definition to the word, Quizlet will give you a list of possible options for the word, an image that you can select automatically from a pop-up list. Besides, you can add the audio for the word that can be generated by the program or, if you prefer, you can make your own recording which will give a more natural effect to the pronunciation. After you generate your set with an appropriate name, you can add it to your classes and have it available at any time. Apart from creating your own sets, you also have the possibility to add any set from the huge Quizlet user database. After you publish your set, you can start enjoying the benefits of Quizlet.
What are the features?
Every set can be worked in eight different ways: Learn, Flashcards, Write, Spell, Test, Match, Gravity, Quizlet live. Each of these activities allows you to consolidate the vocabulary by interacting with the words or expressions in different ways. Another tool that was added recently is Diagrams that allows you to add any image with vocabulary attached to it. This tool is very useful, especially for visual learners. Now I will explain you briefly what each activity is about.
Learn: In this activity, you have multiple choice exercise where you can see the definition and the image you add it to the word. You will have to choose the correct definition from a group of options that the system will select from the other definitions you added. This exercise will track your performance while you advance in it.
Flashcards: This is the classic game to learn new words, but with some boosters: you will find the definition of the word plus the image if you flip the card, on top of that, you have the possibility to listen to the pronunciation of the words. The system will add the pronunciation automatically, however, you can customize the exercise by recording your voice.
Write: in this exercise, students read the definition of the word and write the word that matches that definition. Similar to the previous games, the user has the chance to check his performance with the controls on the right side of the screen.
Spell: The spelling activity is similar to the writing activity, the difference is that you will have to listen to the pronunciation of the word and write what you heard.
Test: with this activity, the user can verify his progress towards the goal. Through the completion of different tasks: multiple choice questions, matching, fill the blanks, true or false etc. The teacher can create paper tests out of this activity which are really easy to print.
Match: in matching activity, users can match the definitions with the target vocabulary and the picture. This game promotes competition among users to get the shortest time to complete the activity.
Gravity: Gravity is one of my favorite games, similar to the matching activity, it challenges the participant to write as fast as possible the target vocabulary after reading the definition. Every time you write the correct word before it reaches the bottom part of the screen, you will increase your score.
Quizlet Live: This is probably the activity that students enjoy the most: the teacher creates a new game and it will generate a code, students will enter the game screen using that code. Users will work collaboratively to complete the activity that consists of words from the selected set, they have to match each word with the correct definition. The group that reaches goal line is the winner.
Another of the advantages Quizlet offers is the possibility to have it on different platforms: Quizlet is available for IOS in the Apple Store and Android in Google Play. Both apps run smoothly and are a great option to keep close the set of words you want to learn.
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