Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:00

5 Flashcard Games to Amaze Your Students

5 Flashcard Games to Amaze Your Students

Every good Young Learner teacher needs an arsenal of flashcard games up their sleeve for their ESL classes. As most English teachers would agree, flashcards are probably the most invaluable tool going into the classroom to teach kids English. The problem is though that young children quickly get bored and lose concentration, so it's vital that ESL teachers have a large variety of flashcard games at their disposal to pull out at any time.
 
Here are 5 Flashcard Games to Amaze Your Students. They are easy to remember and you'll get some good learning responses from your students in class with these fantastic flashcard games.

1. The Flashcard Triangle

Set up three chairs in your classroom in the shape of a triangle, all facing inwards. Space the chairs about 2m apart. Put a flashcard on the floor next to each chair. In each chair, have a student seated and a 4th student standing in the middle of the triangle. 

Have the student in middle ask what flashcard each student has. Once the students have answered, the teacher calls out "1...2...3...GO!" The students all need to quickly swap chairs and the standing student needs to sit down. The student left standing now asks the flashcards again and the game re-starts. Make sure to swap in students frequently so every students gets a go.

by Peter McGeevy, EF Xuzhou, China

2. Hot and Cold 

Blindfold or cover the eyes of a student. Show one of your flashcards to the class and then quietly go and hide the flashcard somewhere in the classroom. When you are ready, the students should call the name of the flashcard, getting louder the closer the blindfolded students gets to the flashcard, but quieter the further away the blindfolded student gets. Keep repeating the name of the flashcard louder or quieter until the finder has found the flashcard. The repetition helps to remember and recall the vocab word later.

Be sure to follow just behind the blindfolded student to avoid the risk of the student tripping up. If you want to be 100% sure, then you can remove the blindfold after you have hidden the card.

by Brittany Stepalovitch, Xiamen, China

3. The Wall

The teacher stands in front of the class and holds up a flashcard in each hand. The teacher then names one of the flashcards in their hand and the students must run to 'the side of the wall' the flashcard is on. This is a very fast and effective flashcard game. The teacher may increase the difficulty by saying a word not belonging to either flashcard, in which case the students must line up in the middle in front of the teacher.

by Joseph Bryan, Big Fun English School, Guangzhou, China

4. Sleeping Tiger

The teacher is a hungry tiger and the students are dinner! Lay some flashcards around yourself and pretend to be asleep. The students must sneak as quietly as possible to take the flashcards from the floor without waking you and get back to their seats safely. Be sure to keep slightly waking up and keep the suspense high! The children absolutely love this game and being chased! Once the children are safe and back in their seats, ask the kids which flashcards they have. Award one point for each correct answer. Again, make sure all the kids get a turn. Have groups of 3-4 kids come together per time to steal your flashcards.

by Duncan Harris, EF Shenyang, China

5. Red and Green Fly Swatter

Buy a plastic fly swatter and cover one side with green card and the other side with red card. Stand at the front of the class with your fly swatter held in the air showing green. The students are standing up out of their seats standing in front of you and you are an evil monster. Put a flashcard in front of you and the students must keep repeating the word on the flashcard. 

As your students keep saying the word, slowly start turning your fly swatter towards red. At a time decided by you, quickly switch around the fly swatter to red and chase the students back to their chairs. Switch flashcards and repeat the game.

by Duncan Harris, EF Shenyang, China



 

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