This is a teacher’s manual for using flashcards in the classroom. You will find here examples of how to use flashcards in teaching foreign languages and many other subjects. Examples and pic- tures are available in our material bank at http://teachers.thelanguagemenu.com
WHY SHOULD YOU USE FLASHCARDS?
Different students learn in different ways, and it is important to make use of visual teaching methods since studies show that the majority of students learn through visual means. Flashcards are clear and colourful, and they can have a positive effect on the visual learning process of the students.
Flashcards can be used for any subject, for example elementary or more advanced language training (vocabulary and grammar), mathematics, biology and geography.
Flashcards are easy-to-use and handy resources for teachers and they can be used on any class level. They are excellent for presenting vocabulary, drilling and repetition. For many students, us- ing flashcards is a fun way to learn new vocabulary and grammar.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN YOU USE FLASHCARDS?
Flashcards function well in individual work, pair and group work. Students can ask each other questions and help using flashcards. They can use pictures to learn new vocabulary and expres- sions, then move on to simple pictures and word cards, and finally to exercises and activities using flashcards.
Flashcards are a quick and easy way to make use of visual means to help students learn and drill vocabulary. Both children and adults profit from flashcards in their learning process.
Flashcards can be dealt out to children who finish their assignments earlier, or to be used in groups. Children who can read can use flashcards with pictures and flashcards with words and combine them.
IN WHICH WAY CAN FLASHCARDS BE USED?
Flashcards can be printed with different backgrounds and frames, in different sizes and fonts. “Headline” cards can be made when dealing with different themes. You can laminate the cards to make them more durable.
When new vocabulary is presented in class, new sets of cards can easily be made each week, and kept in a “word box” where they are accessible for exercises and revision when needed. Flashcards can also be made with magnetic paper or tape on the backside. In this way, they can be attached to metal surfaces in the classroom or conference room.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE CARDS
• Internet access, address: http://eng.teachers.thelanguagemenu.com, and printer • A4 paper in different colours
• laminating machine
• laminating pockets
• rubber bands
• magnetic paper or tape
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