A Live Vocabulary & Reading Lesson with Quizizz

Published on 1 March 2024 at 09:00

by Chenyue Zhu, English Language Centre, School of Languages, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Have you ever been frustrated by the impossibility of tracking all students’ outcomes when having onsite or online lessons? Quizizz is a free online platform where teachers can create live lessons and gamified quizzes to get instant feedback from students and provide explanations promptly. In this example reading lesson, a live lesson on Quizizz enables meaningful learning outcomes along with student engagement.


By the end of the lesson, learners will have developed the skills of reading for gist and reading for specific information in the context of Kintsugi art. Specifically:

• Vocabulary building
• Reading for gist: global reading for reading organization
• Reading for specific information: close reading for recognizing synonyms and correct information


Activity length

50-60 mins

Technology  used


Course area

EAP Reading



Target skill(s)

Vocabulary & Reading Skills


Teacher needs to have Quizizz live lesson set ready before a class. Below is a short guide on the setup process:

1. Click https://quizizz.com and register an account with an email address, then log in. [Note: a free account is sufficient for the functions outlined in this activity]


2. Click on the “Create” button on the left navigation pane. (See Image 1)

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3. Name and tag your lesson to move onto the editor page.


4. Click on Import to import a PDF into a Quizizz lesson (click “Import Slides from Google Drive” button and then choose PDF). You can choose between uploading them as editable or non-editable slides. You may also click on '+Add New Slide' to create a new slide (Images 2-4).

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5. Add questions within lessons. For example, set multiple choice questions for vocabulary building (all question formats available on quiz editor are available on lessons too) (Image 5)


6. Once you complete creating a lesson, save it to your library.


7. You can now host this lesson live and students can join a live lesson by using any device to visit  joinmyquiz.com and then enter the game code. (Image 6-7)

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  • The example of this lesson is available via this link
  • A guide about how to create a lesson on Quizizz can be found here.
  • Students need to bring a digital device that is connected to the internet (laptop/tablet/smart phone).


Step 1:

Host one lesson live and wait for students to join. Once students join, start the lesson with the first slide.

Step 2:

When moving to the question slide, students can start answering the questions. Teachers can set the time limit to each question and see the leaderboard and result in real time. (Images 8-10)

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Step 3:

Play through the rest of this Quizizz set. It can be used to check for students' vocabulary and reading comprehension and provide feedback on the go. (If you want to select specific students to answer questions, Quizizz also offers “Spin the Wheel” function on the teacher side.)

Caveats and alternatives:

    For online gamified quiz platforms, Kahoot is also a good choice. Now Quizizz can offer an alternative.

    Like Kahoot, Quizizz also depends on a stable internet connection for smooth functioning, but seems more reliable from personal experience.

    Additional information:

    For more information about how to create Quizizz quizzes and lessons, please visit Quizizz.

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