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TEFL Lesson Plans For Dummies by Michelle M. Maxom

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Chapter 6

Getting Flash with Flashcards

In This Chapter

arrow Designing a variety of flashcards

arrow Using flashcards in different ways

arrow Teaching lower-level students with a flashcards-based lesson

Flashcards are a very traditional teaching resource. Many people envisage a teacher to be a person who sits in front of groups of children showing flashcards for vocabulary and spelling. In reality, flashcards are effective for this purpose, but they’re also ideal for introducing ideas and fixing them in the memories of children and adults alike.

In this chapter, I talk about the advantages of using flashcards in TEFL and the different ways to use them. Then I give you an example of a lesson plan in which you use flashcards as the core resource with elementary-level students.

Using Flashcards as Lesson Context

Flashcards have become a popular resource among educators for many reasons:

  • Learning by doing is effective, and flashcards prompt action on the part of the student.
  • You can use them in various parts of the lesson to engage students’ minds, introduce key points or to practise language.
  • Preparing flashcards is cheap, quick, and easy.
  • Flashcards with pictures provide context for vocabulary. ...

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