USING FLASHCARDS Building up teaching school materials Cecilia Maller
WHAT ARE FLASHCARDS?
- Resource: simple, useful and under exploited.
- We should aim to appeal to different learner types. Visual learners.
- Flashcards: bright and colourful, make impact on Visual Ls.
- Also important to kinaesthetic ones.
- At reading age: F. can be used in conjunction with word cards ( display written words).
- They should be introduced after Pictorial cards, not to interfere with correct pronunciation.
- Flashcards are useful at any age.
WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THEM?
- Early finishers can use them in small groups once they are familiar with the activities done.
- Stds. Can prepare mini flashcards to take home.
WHERE TO GET FLASHCARDS?
- 2.Get them from Publishing Companies ( pack).
Important: all of the same size, may be using different colours for diff. Sets. Laminate ( last for years)
- Make them yourself: Using pictures from magazines, draws, copy from internet or clip art).
ADVANTAGE OF MAKING YOUR OWN FLASHCARDS:
- Make sets for specific needs.
- Ex.: make a set to se in conjunction with a story book or graded reader, or accompany project work.
ACTIVITIES FOR USING FLASH CARDS:
- Selection of them on the floor or board.
- Stds. Have a minute to memorise them.
- In groups, two minutes to write as many names as they can remember.
- Stick 9 flashcards on the board and draw a grid.
- Point to the card we are drilling.
- Gradually remove cards but continue to drill and pointing to the grid where the F. was.
- You can show stds. the F. asking them where they go ( depending age).
- ** This highlights impact of Visual Aids!!
- Images stick in students´minds.
- Cover the card, slowly reveal it.
- Once the card is shown: drill the word- different intonation, silly voices to keep it fun.
- Point or race to the flash cards:
- Stick flas cards around the class.
- Say one of them, stds. Point or race to it.
- Can incorporate Simon says:” Simon says, jump to the T shirt, etc.”
NOW…. CREATE YOU OWN FLASHCARDS