At the beginning of this year, I was thinking about finding a better way of reviewing flashcards. I had for some time used sentences instead of just simple vocabulary words to have some context. But I found that many sentences were too difficult to remember and that the method of memorizing whole sentences wasn't very efficient either. So I came up with the idea of reviewing vocabulary words in the context of a text. When learning a language, reading a lot is important. When you read you come across certain words that you want to remember, so you have to review them. So I programmed a website, http://www.learnclick.com, that will help you do this.
The idea is very simple. Basically, learnclick is like a flashcard program for reviewing vocabulary. But with flashcard programs you lose the context from where you got the vocabulary from. So in learnclick you enter a whole text and then you add all the vocab words from the text that you want to review. When you are reviewing, you will be shown an extract of the text where that vocab word originally was. Instead of the vocab word, you'll see a text box where you have to enter the original word.
I've used my website for my own learning for several months now and found it quite helpful. It is now available for free for others to use. I would be interested in your feedback. Maybe you like the basic idea, but would do certain things differently. Please let me know!
I've done a makeover of the website. It is now easier to use and you can test it out without having to log in.
This is part of the new description about learnclick.com - cloze test flashcards:
Cloze tests, in England better known as fill-in-the-blanks exercises, are often used by teachers for testing their students knowledge. But using cloze tests is also a good method to review one's knowledge, especially because one can see the context surrounding the key facts one wants to learn. This is useful for any kind of facts, but especially also for learning vocabulary words and grammar rules.
With traditional cloze tests you only can check the answer once you have filled in all the gaps. Learnclick transforms a text into flashcards. On each flashcard you will be shown an extract of the text and only have one gap to fill out. Otherwise it works like a traditional flashcard computer program, letting you schedule when you want to review the next time.
Experienced Language Hacker
July 28, 2011
Very interesting, I can imagine using this soon.
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