Quizlet.com is a site for teachers and students to create word cards for vocabulary learning through reading, listening, matching, spelling and flashcard games.
There are many great things about Quizlet. It’s a free site full of already created vocabulary card sets on loads of different thematic topics for all levels of ESL learners. (NB: It’s a site for all language learners, but the focus here will be on ESL learners). Even better is the fact that students (and teachers) can create and save their own vocabulary card sets – with both words and pictures – on the site once they sign up. I would recommend signing up before you do anything else because you can’t save anything until you create your own account.
There are so many uses of this site, so take time to explore it on your own, and find the vocabulary sets that fit your students’ needs.
Here are a few things to get you started on using Quizlet:
- Search for “ESL” resources: Search the site for vocabulary sets that other teachers and students have created by just using the search button. Check out this vocabulary set that has the names of vegetables
- Study or Play Games to Practice: Once you click on a set you’ve got a range of study activities and games for practice with the vocabulary. Some of the options (at the top of the page) for study and play are:
- Study: Flashcards / Learn / Speller / Test
- Play: Scatter / Gravity
- Create your own set of cards: (Make sure you are logged in when you do this because otherwise you will not be able to save your set!)
- Go to “Create”
- Create a “Set Title” for your vocabulary words.
- Create a “Description” for your vocabulary words.
- Look for “Visible to” drop down menu and set it to “everyone” or “just me”.
- Now you can “Enter Your Terms”. (Click on the box that says “Add Images” for cards with pictures.) Don’t forget to save the set at the end. You can edit or delete the set at a later date.