www.Quizlet.com. I was excited to see that I could provide the vocabulary to my students in a way that allowed them repeated, and randomized, practice yet it still contained some of the traditional features a student would seek out. Let me explain.
Once you have established your Quizlet account, you will see that there are 5 different games the students can play in addition to simply flipping flash cards. They are: Speller, Learn, Test, Scatter, and Space Race. The flash cards are on the home page for quick access and are available for easy printing, which I always recommend to my students. Quizlet is in the midst of enhancing their site, so I believe much more is to come in the near future.
I would venture to say that my students’ favorite game is Scatter. This is a timed matching game that keeps track of the highest scores achieved. The scoring, of course, makes the game that much more fun for them. They love to see who holds the top score, and they absolutely love trying to beat it. Although I enjoy their enthusiasm for this game, I will say that I tend to ask my students to practice the other sets first for two reasons. First, I like for them to really learn the vocabulary before playing the games. Secondly, I think it gives them incentive to learn the vocabulary more quickly so they can spend time trying to beat the record.
Lastly, we have Space Race. Personally, I very much enjoy this game. It is a combination of all the classic Quizlet features. The students will see vocabulary words pass by on the screen. They are given a box at the bottom of the screen with their goal being to try to type the word that they see traveling across the screen before it disappears. They may choose to have the word appear in the target language or in English. They may also choose to ignore punctuation, spaces, and/or details in parentheses. (This grants them more time to type what they see so they are not fumbling around trying to add accents.)
Thank you for your time. I hope you have enjoyed reading about Quizlet. Now, go out there and set up your first class! You won’t regret it. I promise.
Sign up for a free Quizlet account and try it out with your class. Share how you've used Quizlet, or how you're planning to use it, in the Comments section below.