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.

Reviewer’s impression

Efficient, engaging, flashcard tool

Keywords

vocabulary, secondary, adult, CLIL

Price

  • Basic tools are free
  • Quizlet Plus for learners (advanced tools) is $19.00 USD a year.
  • Quizlet Teacher (advanced tools) is $34.99 USD a year

Platform

  • Website
  • iOS app
  • Android app

Learner language level

  • All levels

Learner age

  • All ages
  • Quizlet requires parental consent for children under 13 and offers limited features and experience: see Quizlet Terms of Service

Content advice

  • The free version is supported by adverts
  • Users have access to content created by others
  • Some ready-made sets may be inappropriate for your teaching context

Pros

  • Easy to use app
  • The website is fairly easy to use
  • Very good help centre provides clear step-by-step guides for different features

Cons

  • More menus and icons on the website can make it trickier to navigate than the app

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Products are evaluated using Cambridge English product review criteria, but all opinions expressed are the reviewer’s own.

About the reviewer

Lindsay Warwick is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer currently based in the UK. She is a CELTA trainer and runs teacher development courses in topics including educational technology, British culture and train the trainer. She has written a number of coursebooks in exam preparation and academic English.