Flashcards, Flashcards. How can we live without them? What can we say about them?
I bet every single language teacher around the world has at least a set of flashcards. Some like me, certainly have a collection. I would say that teachers love flashcards because they are visual, clear, objective, and holdable. They can also be used in many different and creative ways.
I have compiled here 50 affective and effective ways in which flashcards can be used to foster engaging and significant language learning in your classes. Enjoy!
The Affective Language Learning Certificate was created to empower educators with postures and practices that foster caring, supporting, and energizing language learning environments. The course is the result of over 20 years living, studying, discussing, and sharing how positive emotions boost students' self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to learn a foreign language.
Photo courtesy of Jenn Durfey via Flickr Ritsuko Nakata, co-author of Let’s Go, looks at why children forget what they’ve learned and shares her top tips for getting young learners to remember new language.
Routine cards are a great resource to teach young learners as they help students to understand time, reduce anxiety, ease transitions, promote dialogue about learning, raise learning awareness, and foster power sharing.
A conference is always a very special moment. We meet old and new peers, question old ideas and learn new ones, and many times share our work. And JALT 2013 in Kobe is certainly one of those intense growing experiences that will always stick near and dear to my heart.
I was recently in Konya, Turkey with a great team of teacher educators from SELT Academy giving an initial teacher training program to Algerian teachers who are going to teach in Turkish schools. Everyday we had lots of fun telling jokes during our a 30-minute van ride to school. Here I share one topic we really enjoyed: alphabet riddles.
Cuisenaire rods are great resources for warm ups, storytelling, grammar, classroom management, and many more! They allow students and teachers to bring their originality and creativity making language very alive and concrete. Students usually smile as soon as they see them coming out!
During the residency (1 or 2 weeks) I can contribute doing the following activities: Teaching affective language learning classes Conducting customized teacher developmentObserving classes before and after development sessions Discussing the methodology you use with your young learnersPresenting my storytelling/ puppeteering show to your students and parents Giving consultancy on affective management and marketingHelping you doing any other thing I can!
Today I am inviting you to come with me to the fantastic world of interjections, these words that encapsulate so much meaning in such an affective way. You can usually say it all by just saying these powerful single words! Wow!