Flashcards... finding them, making them and playing with them
Flashcards are one of the most useful resources a teacher can think of for teaching young learners. Besides providing a non-written basis for vocabulary focus and practice, they can be used for a loooot of fun games.
Carol Read, one of my favorite ESL authors, provides us with a lovely list of games we can play with flashcards!! Ready-steady-gooooo!!!
Oh, wait a minute! Still don't have your flashcards for your next class? Don't panic! You can print them out from:
Are you wondering if you'll have the time to laminate all those wonderful cards you prepared for tomorrow's class? This great technique I learned from my great professor Lívia Donnini saves a lot of time and resources!
1) an A4 sized piece of hard paper (such as cardboard paper)
2) a thick plastic pocket, such as this one.
3) desired picture
Place the hard paper in the pocket and the picture, and close it with adhesive tape. When you need to change the picture, just open it up and replace it! :D
It's a good idea to have at least 10-20 pockets ready for any topic you might need to work on!!
The picture above is an example we produced for a course in 2010!