Departmental Bulletin Paper Checking the effectiveness of Quizlet® as a tool for vocabulary learning

Barr, Blair

2 ( 1 )  , pp.36 - 48 , 2016-04-01
Inspired by the need to aid low-proficiency English users to increase their knowledgeof vocabulary, this preliminary study measures the success of digital-flashcard usersby comparing their vocabulary test scores to those of non-users in the same class.Thirty-two, low-level, first year students in Tamagawa University’s English as aLingua Franca program were asked to use Quizlet® to prepare for tests that wouldrecycle fill-in-the-blank contents from the flashcards available on this Web 2.0application. On average, learners in the class who used gap-fill flashcards with theapplication scored higher on these tests, and moderately higher on tests with newcontents for the same vocabulary. The need for more homogeneous experimentationis acknowledged. In addition, the need for more extrinsic motivation to encouragespaced repetition is considered as means for improving Quizlet-user success ontests of extrapolated knowledge.

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