Traditional vocabulary quizzes rely on lists that students memorize, which is fine... but sometimes translating student performance into a "percentage of words recognized" can unfairly penalize (or unrealistically reward) students in your classroom.
What if a student were able to show what they know about a certain topic instead of the teacher or textbook selecting which words are important? In a learner-centered classroom, the teacher can allow the student to show what words they have acquired through the learning activities. It also has the potential to put them in charge of their goals and grades - you could have students set their goals for numbers of words in their active vocabulary on a given topic. You can also differentiate the goals for individual learners. It allows you to break away from the x over y = % in the gradebook, setting your own expectations and adjusting the score to fit your grading scale.
When your lesson allows for language acquisition rather than memorization, especially in project-based learning or when students are selecting their own topics,this type of quiz fits the bill. There are so many resources online or in apps, but the vocabulary might not always match up. And if you do have an existing vocabulary list? It still works!
This sheet can also be used as a baseline or formative assessment at the beginning of or during a unit. Use it at the end of the year as partner work, with each group creating lists of important words for all of the topics you have studied.
Discuss the difference between passive vocabulary (what you recognize) and active vocabulary (what you can think of on your own).
Empower your language learners by letting them show what they know, and add another form of assessment to your toolkit.