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Hi! Does anyone know what is the right way to introduce flashcards to young learners of engliah as a foreign language? So, they are learning new words for the first time.First I need to show them each card and then just read them and they need to listen.They for the 2 next rounds i read and they repeat.What next? From your OWN experience what is a good flashcad game? And then in the end present the written worm and put it on the blackborad?Help needed!!

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    I have not taught small children, especially young ESL students, but I have worked with my granddaughter and flashcards since she was in kindergarten. Your process sounds about right. After they get the hang of how flashcards work, you can pair them up to work together with the flashcards or you can hold small-group "contests" in the classroom.

    My granddaughter has always responded well to this procedure:
    1. We go straight through the flashcards, and whether she gets through them correctly or not, all the flashcards are put into the same stack.
    2. We go through them a second time, this time putting the flashcards in two stacks -- one for correctly answered, one for incorrectly answered.
    3. We repeat #2, but only deal with the incorrectly answered ones each time until there is no incorrect stack.

    We have repeated this, especially for math and vocabulary.

    In addition, when she was learning the Dolch 220 words, we made sentences with the cards, trying to get as many cards into one sentence as possible. If we had to write new cards (such as for her playmate's name or a color or an object or ??), that made everything more interesting.

    Today she is in 3rd grade, and the only thing we use flashcards for now are math facts, mostly multiplication and division, but sometimes we review addition and subtraction.

    Eventually, we'll use flashcards for learning science terms, vocabulary for more complicated stories, history events and people, foreign language vocabulary, etc. We always make our own out of 3x5 index cards.

    [On a side note, please remember to put a space after every period, comma, exclamation mark, and question mark when you write.]

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    To expand a bit on Writeacher's idea with the flashcards, I color coded them. Blue for nouns, green for verbs, red for adjectives, etc. Color helps set the words in the memory and when they make up sentences, individuals, or groups (3 or 4 work well, or pairs, depending upon the room setup) each get a noun, verb, adjective, whatever part of speech you want to introduce, to make a sentence.

    My students got one point for a good sentence, or correcting someone else's sentence and 2 points for a question. Then someone else has to have an answer for that question. That way they are more apt to listen.

    Sra (aka Mme)

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    Well I need to teach them 11 words( tea, coffee, milk , cocoa, toast, bread, butter, jam, ham, eggs, cheese).So I am actually looking for some flashcard games.What can I do with those words?

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    By any chance, are you also Laxy? Search for "English, Laxy" because I've written so many ideas, and so have others, this week that I am not going to repeat them.

    Actually LOOK at all the ideas, even right here and "process" them. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and creativity. The main idea is to touch all 5 senses if you can. Here's a GOOGLE Searcj for that:


    Take "toast" and have them LISTEN to the word, SAY the word, SEE the word (flashcards, props), even TASTE some (you don't need to serve to all, just those who seem to have more difficulty or are quicker)

    As for games with flashcards (BTW, use color to help "set the word in the mind's eye"):


    Now, get to work! If you are planning on doing something like this for a profession, start collecting props, pictures, etc. right now!


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    No, Laxy is probably one of my friends frOm college.We have the same task so we all come here and ask questions :) I have seen what you have written to her. Nice:)Just one more thing:How can i explain to them healthy and unhealthy food.What to say?My teacher told me not to use healthy and unhelathy because they don't understand those w%ords.Rather to use good and not good.So how can I talk with them about healthy and unhealthy food?What to ask them?I mean thy are 6-7 they can't have a discussion with me! So what to do? Thank you:)

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    "Good" and "not so good" are value terms, which do not define the reasons why they are valued as such. What about them makes them that way?

    How about talking about foods that make you stronger or help you to learn/play better, keep you from becoming sick or give you more energy? (How about something similar to Popeye, the sailor man, and spinach? I don't know if that example is too ancient for you. If it is, look it up on Google.)

    With any audience, talk in terms that your audience understands. What positive activities do these children engage in that these foods would help?

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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    yes, yes i do

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