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Quizlet

Page history last edited by The Consultants-e 14 years, 5 months ago
1. Introduction

 

Quizlet is an amazingly easy to use application which allows you to produce not only interactive flash cards, but also automatically generates a whole raft of activities for each set of words you enter. This strikes me as a really useful tool which we can use in a number of different ways to expand vocabulary, for example, to work on definitions, synonyms, (L1) translations, and collocations.

 

Have a look and if you can think of any other interesting activities please come back here and let us know!

 

I tend to use it initially in a teacher led way by creating word sets for the learners myself and then once they have grown used to the application I encourage them to create and share their own word sets. A word of warning though, students tend to create very long all-inclusive sets, whereas, shorter sets - say 10 or 12 words - tend to work much better.

 

I usually combine the use of Quizlet with other applications and use a private group/class wiki as a kind of basecamp where everything, including face-to-face classroom lessons, is tied together. Here's the frontpage of just such a wiki that shows how the simple concept works with the private wiki at the centre as a launch pad to other online workspaces including Quizlet:

 

 

 

Here's the link to the demo video from the Quizlet site. And see the Scribd page here for further help.

 

 

2. Sample Sets

 

Here's are links to some sets that might be helpful:

 

Pre-intermediate

 

 

Intermediate +

 

  

3. Sample Activity: Success

 

Here's a complete lesson activity on the theme of success using video and Quizlet.

 

1. First, ask Ss to work in groups of three to exchange stories about successes that they have enjoyed in the past. Explain that they should give details of how the success they had was achieved and what, if any, were the outcomes. You can if you like model this by telling the class about a success story of your own. Make it clear that they can talk about any success - little or great.

  

2. Conduct some class feedback with one or two example success stories from the groups discussions.

 

 

3. Ask Ss to imagine being in a situation in which they are asked by a teenager the question, "What leads to success?" Ask Ss to work in their groups to first brainstorm some ideas and then select a list a five possible things that they would say in reply to the teenager's question.

 

4. Explain that they are now going to watch a video of analyst Richard St. John condensing years of interviews into a 3-minute presentation on the real secrets of success. As they watch Ss should compare the points he makes with those they brainstormed and listed themselves. The talk is from the wonderful TED.com website.

 

 

5. Watch the video:

 

 

6. Ask Ss to compare their notes on the video and then conduct a class feedback session eliciting and comparing St John's eight points with those of the Ss. Ask for comments on St John's ideas. Elicit vocabulary (if you like you can ask Ss to watch again and focus on the language rather than content). The video can also be exploited to develop presentation techniques by, for example, asking Ss to consider the interaction between the visual and verbal elements of the talk, the structure, etc.

 

7. If you have access to the Internet in class (if not this next activity could also be set as homework) ask student to use the following Quizlet set to recycle the ideas in set out by St John in the video:

 

 

 

Ss can practise further by using the "Study this set" link. Note, however, that this is not really a vocabulary activity and so the "Test" activity in Quizlet does not really work with this set.

 

 

4. Contributions & suggestions

 

 

If you create any sets please add them here if you can.

 

Please add your comments and activity suggestions here:

 

1. Use Quizlet to recycle and consolidate vocabulary from course book activities.

2. ...

 

 

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