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Games with FLASHCARDS ready to go!

12 Mar

Imagine one day the internet doesn’t work and you cannot teach the lesson you had planned. Or another scenario, imagine you teach somewhere the internet is not available at all. What can you do? Simply go “old school” and use some wonderful flashcards! 😀

Next, I am sharing with you some flashcard games that you can use in class. Mainly with young learners who like using material they can touch and play with.

1 Guess where!
Children play in pairs. Child A turns all his flashcards face down and asks e.g. Where’s the car? Child B points to a card and guesses Here! Child A turns the card over and says Yes, you’re right! if it is the car, or No, this isn’t the car! As soon as child B guesses correctly and the car is found, they have the next

2 Pass the card
Play with the whole class. Children stand or sit with you in a circle. Show the first flashcard to the child on your left who names what’s in the picture e.g. T-shirt! This child then shows the flashcard to the child next to them, who names what’s on the card and passes it on round the circle in the same way. Once the flashcard has passed to three or four children, start the process again with another flashcard. Continue the game in the same way with all the flashcards.

3 Snap!
Children play pairs. Each child puts their flashcards facing down in a pile. They turn over their flashcards one at a time at the same time and say the words e.g. Giraffe! If they have the same picture, the child who says the word followed by Snap! first keeps the flashcards. The child with most flashcards at the end of the game is the winner.

4 Abracadabra!
Children play in pairs. Each child lays his flashcards facing down in a row on the desks. Child A points to Child B’s first flashcard, pretends to wave a wand and says e.g. Abracadabra! It’s the butterfly! Child B turns over the flashcard. If it’s the butterfly, they say Yes! and leave the flashcard facing up. If it isn’t the butterfly, they should say No! and leave the flashcard facing down. Child B then has the next turn.

5 Find your partner
Play with the whole class. Children choose a flashcard secretly and hold it so no one else can see. Then, they walk round the class asking other children e.g. Have you got an apple? / No, I haven’t / Have you got a plum? / Yes, I have until they find a partner with the same flashcard as themselves.

6 Memory
Children play in small groups using two sets of flashcards. They mix the two sets facing down and put them facing down. Child A starts turning two of the flashcards up and saying what they are in English. If they are the same, he can keeps them. If they are different, they have to be facing down again. The game finishes when all the pairs of flashcards have been found. The winner is the child with more pairs.

7 Noughts and crosses
Play with the whole class. Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board. Stick a flashcard facing down on each space. Divide the class into two teams, one to play with noughts and one with crosses. Children in each team take turns to choose a card. If they can identify what’s in the picture, turn over the flashcard and write a nought or cross in the square. The first team to complete a row of three wins the game.

8 Hot and Cold
Play with the whole class. Ask two children to wait outside the classroom door for a moment. While they are outside the door, stick one of the flashcards somewhere in the classroom, where it is ‘hidden’ but nevertheless visible without moving anything. Involve the rest of the class in helping you to do this. Ask the two children back into the classroom and everyone asks e.g. Where’s the lion? The two children look for the flashcard of the lion and the rest of the class helps by saying Hot! Hot! Hot! if the children move near to where the card is hidden and Cold! Cold Cold! if they move away. When they find the card, the two children say e.g. Here’s the lion! and everyone claps and says Hurray! Repeat several times with different children.


º Dyslexia in the ESL class º

12 Feb

A little bit of help is always welcome 🙂 The BusyTeacher.org offers really good advice on different teaching aspects. Click on the image to read about Dyslexia in the ESL class:

Dyslexic Students in the ESL Classroom: Simple Things You Can Do To Help

What If You Don’t Have A Language Partner?

7 Jan

That’s what happens with my French, I cannot really find ways to apply my speaking skills 😦

english expressions

A couple English-learners have recently told me that their skills are suffering because they have no one to practice their English with.  This can be a huge problem, because if you can’t communicate in the language you’re learning, you’re never going to improve.


Just think about your own language for a minute. Pretend you’re preparing for a big speech at work or school, and there are some challenging words that you need to focus your attention on. You listen to how they should be pronounced, you say it a few times, and then you keep rehearsing your speech over and over again in your head. Because you can say those difficult words in your head, or say it perfectly after you’ve heard it, you think you don’t really need to rehearse it aloud.

Then it comes time for your big speech. You’re about to read that really difficult word, and…

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8 ways TEACHERS can talk LESS and get KIDS talking MORE

8 Nov

I follow the Pinterest of “The Cornerstone” and she usually shares really useful and interesting teaching tips. I think this one about us talking less and our pupils talking more is essential. Not only for the reasons she mentions, but also for our throat health!! (Coincidently, mine isn’t that good at the moment…)

Click on the image to read about it 🙂


How to FOCUS in the age of DISTRACTION

13 Sep


The Busy Teachers Guide!

9 Sep

Some ideas to make our lives a bit easier 🙂

How to keep a YOUNG LEARNERS class QUIET

27 Aug

After ignoring wordpress most of the summer… Here I am back to blogging! Some of you have already gone back to school, others like me are counting the few days left of freedom we have. Even if you are already back to work or not, I am sure you will like to read this article.

OXFORD MAGAZINE for Preschool and Primary has always got really interesting articles for TEFL teachers. I follow their online magazine and I like to share the articles I like the most or the ones I think that can be interesting for other teachers.


This time, the article is about “How to keep a young learners class quiet“:

It is somewhat inevitable that young learners will get rambunctious and noisy in class at times. Trying to shout above them is often an impossible feat and ends up hurting your vocal chords more than calming them down. There are lots of different tricks and techniques that can be used to save your voice and help little ones get back on track. Here are a few suggestions.

Hands up, cross arms, head down

Ask children to raise their arms, cross their arms, and then put their heads down on their desk or table. When they have calmed down, continue.

Stop! Look! Listen!

Make a sign or poster for class with a stop sign, eyes, ears. Ring a bell and drill the ‘stop, look, listen’ routine. Make it like a game and congratulate children when they do the routine well.


Clap your hands with a specific beat and encourage children to copy the beat. Do this a couple of times until everyone is back on task.

Multi-sensory silencers

Sometimes with very young learners it’s enough to distract their attention with something they are not expecting. For example, the sound of a wind chime or using a vaporizer to spray some scented water as you walk around class. There is also the possibility of using a tool like the Too Noisy app(for phones or PCs) where children can see how much noise they are making.

Ready for responses

Teach children different responses to things you might say in class. For example, I am what I am (teacher says, “I am” the class respond “what I am”). Other catchy phrases could include:Impossible is nothing, Just do it!, See you later alligator, Zig-zag.


Assign different children in class the job of quieting down the other children at their table or in their area. When indicated, the helpers try to ‘shush’ the children around them. If they do well, they can be given praise or a small prize.


Raise your hand and explain to the class that they need to be quiet and raise their hands before the countdown is over. Numbers can be written on the board, shown on flashcards or on your hand. Practice the countdown technique as fun activity before using it in class to calm children down. It’s important they are familiar with the technique before it’s used and remember to praise them if they do it well.


Play some music that the children like as they are working. Explain that if they get too noisy you will have to turn the music off.

Sand Timer

Explain to the class that when they get too noisy they will lose time from other activities or from break time. When they get noisy show the timer or show them the stopwatch and keep track of the minutes they lose on the board. So, if they ‘lose’ 5 minutes, that means, for example, 5 minutes less playing Simon Says or Bingo.

Everybody Up Song: Please Be Quiet!

In this short song children learn to be quiet and to say sorry when they are making too much noise.

Stop that Noise (Jazz Chant by Carolyn Graham)

Carolyn Graham’s Jazz Chant about keeping quiet can be taught to the class then used to quiet them down when things go haywire.

Teacher: Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!

Chorus: Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!

Teacher: Come on girls,
Tell all the boys.
Tell all the boys,
To stop that noise!

Girls: Please be quiet.
Stop that noise!
Please be quiet.
Stop that noise!

Teacher: Come on boys,
Tell all the girls.
Tell all the girls,
To stop that noise!

Boys: Shut up girls!
Stop that noise!
Shut up girls!
Stop that noise!

Teacher: Come on girls,
Come on boys.
Tell everybody,
To stop that noise!

Chorus: Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!
Sh! Sh! Stop that noise!

Teacher: Tell all the boys
To stop that noise!

Here is a video of some children in year 2 in northern Spain using the chant in class.

Signaling Classroom Transitions with Songs

Helping students know where they should be going and what they should be doing can cut down on classroom noise.

Keep in mind that it’s important to vary techniques and to experiment with new methods. Things that work in one group might not work in another group so be prepared to adapt and change according to your needs, and the children’s needs.

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