How I Use It
As a foreign language teacher, I have created sets for each vocabulary unit. The students are responsible for practicing the cards. They can print them from the Quizlet website also. They can access the cards from the Quizlet apps on their phones. Quizlet has a variety of games that the students can play. I have put my classes into groups and the students can compete against each other. I have used Quizlet in the classroom for simple review games. For example, I will flash the vocabulary word and the students have to be the first to draw a picture of what the word represents, write the meaning of it, or be the first to give the oral translation of the word. I not only use it for vocabulary words, but I also use it for verb conjugations. This really helps the students practice conjugating. One of the biggest perks of Quizlet for foreign language learners is the audio. Students can actually listen to native speakers pronouncing the words as they are practicing. Quizlet can also be used to promote higher order thinking if the teacher can creatively word the clues to make the students think. For example, I used this in my Spanish III class to teach concepts of Spanish art. In the foreign language classroom, the uses of Quizlet are only limited by the teacher's creativity.
The uses for Quizlet in and out of the classroom are endless. Yes, it uses the simple concept of creating and flashing flashcards; however, it does it in a sneaky way that students find less obnoxious than creating physical flashcards. There will always be facts to learn. Learning facts is at the foundation of the pyramid of learning. Does Quizlet promote higher levels of thinking? Probably not (though, if used creatively it certainly can). Does it provide a foundation for higher thinking? Most definitely.