Every English teacher is equipped with a set of flashcards. Whether they are purchased, prepared at home, made by students or added to the coursebook, you can take advantage of them in numerous ways.
My today’s idea is to practice speaking and grammar with young learners.
Grammar! Yes! I would call this a type of grammar drill, yet it’s perfect for 0-3rd graders.
All you need is a set of cards, preferably 6-12, because they need to be remembered by your students. Nice idea is to pick a collection of cards that has something in common, i.e. food/actions/clothes/etc.
Then, you need to think about grammar structure that you want to practice. My personal favourite and most commonly use is ‘Is it a…?’ with the full answers of course, ‘Yes, it is’ or ‘No, it isn’t.’
How to play?
- Start with showing all the cards to your students and elicit pictures’ names
- Write the chosen structure on the board as a hint
- Be the first person who starts the game – choose your card and wait for students’ questions
- If you are a woman, pick a boy first to try guessing your card. Remember about the rule BOY-GIRL-BOY-GIRL or vice versa.
- If the guess is not correct, answer ‘No, it isn’t’ and choose another person.
- If someone get the card’s name correctly, this person changes with you.
- Remember to say how many people will be in the game, for example, ‘Now it’s Maya and then two more people.’
It’s crucial to set the rules straightforward and at the beginning of any exercise. It helps to create safe, students’ friendly learning environment.
Sit back, relax and watch your students use the structure and vocabulary in English only!
Why this game is such a delight for both students and the teacher?
The game creates a real communication opportunity for kids. Of course, the language used is very limited, but you can upgrade the game and add some adjectives and more complex vocabulary.
Additionally, it allows your students to be in the centre and be responsible for game’s pace. It automatically reduces TTT (teacher talking time).
This game can be very short, so it is a perfect filler if you still have some time left during your lesson.
It also gives the teacher some ‘free’ time to prepare next activities, turn on some devices or simply sip a little bit of coffee 😊
Once you try it, it will stay in your class forever!