I got an email from Timothy Due, asking me to review Quickworksheets, a website he founded that allows users to create a variety of vocabulary and grammar worksheets online. So here goes ...
I signed up for a free account, which gave me access to three worksheet generators: Word Scramble, Basic Wordsearch Maker and Minimal Pair Word Tree (a Premium Account costs $2.99 a month and unlocks a further 15 worksheet generators and other additional features).
1. Word Scramble automatically jumbles the spelling of up to 20 words and generates a worksheet with letter spaces for the correct spelling of each word. You can choose difficulty options such as whether to display hints or a word box. See example here.
2. Basic Wordsearch Maker automatically fits up to 12 listed words into a grid of letters. Students find the words, that are placed either vertically, horizontally or diagonally within the grid. See example here.
3. Minimal Pair Word Tree creates a listening tree exercise from 5 sets of minimal pairs. At each juncture the teacher speaks one word from the pair, and the students follow the path, listening at each juncture, to arrive at the correct number at the bottom of the tree. The exercise can be repeated multiple times using the same worksheet. See example here.
You can find examples of the 15 other paid worksheet types here.
Finished worksheets can be downloaded as a PDF file or as HTML for editing in a word processor (premium members only), and are stored online for easy access.
Another useful feature is the fact that members can share the worksheets they have created (there are currently 160 available).
There are plenty of free online worksheet generators available, (see here, here and here, for example), but most of them are cluttered with ads, and I couldn't find any that are as well-designed and easy-to-use as Quickworksheets. The variety of worksheet types available, including crosswords, multiple-choice quizzes, and bingo grids, is impressive. However, the cherry on the top (or the icing on the cake, if you prefer) is the fact that the worksheets are fully customisable. If, like me, you spend a lot of time creating worksheets for your students, it's definitely worth thinking about signing up for a premium account.