Student-Created Vocabulary Tests

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Donald Patterson, Seirei Christopher University, Hamamatsu, Japan

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Patterson, D. (2016). Student-created vocabulary tests. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner. Tokyo: JALT.

In this paper is described a preliminary study at a Japanese university on student affect toward self-created vocabulary tests. In order to foster greater learner autonomy in their vocabulary study, students were tasked with selecting words they wished to learn and creating their own tests using a template provided by the teacher. At the end of the course, a survey examining student attitudes toward the activity was conducted with 140 participants. The results were encouraging as they indicated that the majority found making their own vocabulary tests fun (79%) and thought that making the tests was useful for remembering new words (72%). In addition, the survey revealed that the experience of creating their own tests was a new one for nearly all students (98%).