Quizlet

Create flashcards to learn and review vocabulary or topic content; match language to text, images, sounds and video; promote learner independence and autonomy.

Regular use can help learners to make and see their progress and learners can create and share their own flashcards.

The importance of vocabulary review

Reviewing vocabulary is an activity that learners don’t always find the time or motivation for outside the classroom, and yet it’s so important for language learning. The ability to remember the meaning of a word or a word itself is essential for the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Quizlet is a digital tool that allows teachers and learners to create digital flashcards with vocabulary items on one side and the definition or translation on the other. The tool generates audio of the word and an image. Learners can then complete different activities using the flashcards including a spelling activity, a timed matching task and a space gravity game to help them move the vocabulary into long-term memory. These activities are simple in content and graphics, but they can make vocabulary learning just a little bit more interesting and fun.

How to get the best from Quizlet

There are various ways that teachers and learners can use Quizlet. For example, teachers can make a set of flashcards, or use a set already created by another user, and share them with their learners to practise for homework. Alternatively, you can incorporate Quizlet into a lesson using the Quizlet Live feature tool, where learners compete against each other in teams.

However, for me, learners benefit most when they make and use their own flashcards outside the classroom. When they do this, they choose the vocabulary they want to learn and think more deeply about the meaning of the words when writing definitions. If learners spend just a few minutes once or twice a day reviewing vocabulary it helps them to space out their learning and strengthen their memory. They can then come to class better prepared and it means the teacher can spend less time explaining a word again, and so there can be more class time for practice with using the word in a communicative context. If learners have access to a device and the internet while on the go, they can review words any time, anywhere – standing in a queue, sitting on a bus or waiting for a lesson to start. There’s no excuse not to review vocabulary!

For learners

  • Learners can review vocabulary and memorise it efficiently and in an engaging way.
  • Learners can use the tool on a mobile device anytime, anywhere.
  • Increased vocabulary recall leads to better reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Learners can gain confidence when they see how many new vocabulary items they’re remembering.

For teachers

  • Teachers can help learners to develop their vocabularies in and out of class.
  • Teachers may find they spend less time explaining vocabulary items again and again, which can leave more time for skills development and use of the vocabulary.