Flashcards: How to use them

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Do you use flashcards in your classroom? How often do you use them? And above all, how do you use them?

Flashcards are not THAT easy to use

Using flashcards in class may sound ridiculously easy. However, I think it’s not. Indeed, It took me a few years to actually use flashcards in a creative way in my classroom. So, I thought I should share! As a language teacher I do love them. Even if I like Quizlet for its interactivity, I can’t stop making, printing and laminating flashcards for my classroom to build and develop hands-on activities.

For instance, I use cards to:

  • teach vocabulary and new words,
  • reinforce spelling and phonics,
  • work on grammar
  • make mindmaps,
  • help understand texts and listenings,
  • prepare speaking and writing tasks.

8 ways to use flahscards

Creative ideas to use in your class!

Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest. Hide your flashcards with the text only version everywhere in your classroom. Give your students the illustrated version. Make them pair the two! If you’re afraid of the mess it may cause. Place some magnetic tape at the back and do this on your board! You can do the same with phonetics! And once every word in placed correctly on th board, why not organizing the vocabulary in categories and create a giant mindmap?

When listening or reading to a new document, give your groups a set of flashcards. Ask them to select those that correspond to the document and eliminate those that don’t. And have them place these cards in the right order to check their understanding!

Flashcards can teach grammar too and sentence structure! Ask our colleagues in the primary classes how they teach writing! Do the same and use our freebie to do so!

Finally they do make great reminders when your students are speaking in front of the class or even writing an essay! For more ideas, watch our video!

Cards make great posters!

And of course I decorate my classroom with them! Because they can be printed bigger to make posters! To learn more, please watch the video below!

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