How many of you out there love Quizlet? I know I do.
It has been a "go to" resource for me for years. Much as expected, my primary use of the platform has been to create traditional, but digital, flashcards for my students to support their language learning outside of the classroom, but I have been playing around with it a lot to see how I can push its limits and use it in other ways beyond flashcards in my Spanish classes.
Today, I hope to share some ideas you might try for how to use Quizlet as a tool for delivering and comprehensible input.
Here We Go!
Quizlet as a Pre-Reading / Pre-Listening Strategy
Many world language teachers and/or programs are starting to use TL novels and authentic resources as the anchor resources for units and learning experiences. We know, though, that in order for target language use to be worthwhile, it has to be comprehensible. How can we "frontload" or at least expose our students to key vocabulary so they can make meaning without translating it for them? Quizlet can help us do that with a variety of its modes of use. This works best for terms that can be typed in the target language and represented by images.
SIDE NOTE - How to Make Image Based Quizlet Sets:
1. Type the target language term in first.
2. Then in the definition slot search for an image to represent that term.
3. Leave the text part of the definition blank.
Here are some ideas for how to use Quizlet as a tool for comprehensible input:
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Quizlet as a Target Language to Target Language CI Tool
Another way you can use Quizlet is via circumlocution. I like to use this method for second semester level 1 and up.
Basically, when creating a new set of terms, I type the term in the term slot (duh) and a target language, circumlocuted definition in the definition slot. Once that's done there are so many options. Here are some ideas:
I hope you can see the potential for Quizlet beyond the obvious. How do you use Quizlet in unique ways in your lessons? I can't wait to hear!
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