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  • 1. USING FLASHCARDS Building up teaching school materials Cecilia Maller
  • 2. WHAT ARE FLASHCARDS?
    • Resource: simple, useful and under exploited.
    • Why use flashcards?
    • We should aim to appeal to different learner types. Visual learners.
    • Flashcards: bright and colourful, make impact on Visual Ls.
  • 3.
    • 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.
  • 4. WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THEM?
    • Present,
    • Practise, and
    • Recycle vocabulary.
    • Early finishers can use them in small groups once they are familiar with the activities done.
    • Stds. Can prepare mini flashcards to take home.
    • ( play with parents)
  • 5. WHERE TO GET FLASHCARDS?
    • 1. Buy them.
    • 2.Get them from Publishing Companies ( pack).
    • Make them yourself: Using pictures from magazines, draws, copy from internet or clip art).
    Important: all of the same size, may be using different colours for diff. Sets. Laminate ( last for years)
  • 6. ADVANTAGE OF MAKING YOUR OWN FLASHCARDS:
    • Cheap
    • Make sets for specific needs.
    • Ex.: make a set to se in conjunction with a story book or graded reader, or accompany project work.
    • 3. Students make them.
  • 7. ACTIVITIES FOR USING FLASH CARDS:
    • Three categories:
    • Memory
    • Drilling
    • Identification and
    • TPR activities
  • 8. MEMORY ACTIVITIES
    • Memory tester.
    • 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.
  • 9. DRILLING ACTIVITIES
    • Invisible Flashcards:
    • 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.
  • 10.
    • You can show stds. the F. asking them where they go ( depending age).
    • ** This highlights impact of Visual Aids!!
    • Images stick in students´minds.
  • 11. IDENTIFICATION ACTIVITIES
    • Reveal the word.
    • Cover the card, slowly reveal it.
    • Stds. Guess.
    • Once the card is shown: drill the word- different intonation, silly voices to keep it fun.
  • 12. TPR ACTIVITIES
    • 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.”
  • 13. NOW…. CREATE YOU OWN FLASHCARDS