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Teaching English with Flashcards

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:03 pm    Post subject: Teaching English with Flashcards Reply with quote

Flash cards are a simple, versatile, yet often underexploited resource. I would like to offer some reasons for using flash cards and a selection of activities for use in the Young Learner classroom, although some of the activities could also be used with fun-loving, lower level adult classes. Here's how.


What you need to do is simply flash cards in front of students and make sure they are watching. Their full attention is needed since you will flash a card in front of them very quickly. Show the card, and the students have to name what’s on it. Slowly speed it up, and start adding more cards.


Decide on the number of the cards to make on cram depending on the age/ abilities of your students. Have for example 6 pairs of 2 cards with the same image (12 cards) spread on the floor facing up. You can line them up in rows of 3 or 4. Have the students look carefully at the card for about 20 seconds (depending on the age), and memorize the places of the cards. Students, then, take turns to flip the cards in pairs. The one who flips all the pairs first (takes minimum time) wins.


Take about 20 cards with recently learnt vocabulary (images). Spread them around the classroom. Have a student name a card he/ she sees. The other students need to find the card. The student with most cards at the end wins.


Similar to the previous game. This time students should match card images with cards where the words are written.


Divide your students in two groups. You can choose to drill vocabulary of phrases students have just learnt. For example, a picture of a girl. The student who is first in line asks: “What is Betty wearing?” Student behind answers: “Betty is wearing a red dress, a blue jacket, and brown shoes”, then turns back and asks the same question to the student behind. The team that finishes first, wins. This can vary depending on the focus of your lesson.


Divide students into teams. One student of each team can see the card. He/ she needs to explain to the rest what the word is. The team that guessed most words, wins.
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