Word cards in class

2 Feb
  • Train the students in producing word cards, and get them to compare their cards.
  • Talk to the students about the forgetting curve and the importance of regular learning.
  • Get students to work in pairs, testing each other on their cards. Nation (2008, p.147) suggests they can ask each other about meaning, pronunciation, spelling, word parts and how to use the word.
  • Ask students for regular feedback on their progress in this kind of learning.
  • See also the practical suggestions in the post ‘Word lists in class’ (above)

It may also be useful for the teacher to have a set of word cards that are kept in a ‘vocabulary bag’ or box. You can make your own quickly and cheaply, or you may prefer to produce / download more attractive ones using a website such as http://quizlet.com/

Many of the activities that I describe in the post on ‘Word associations practice’ (see below) can be adapted for use with vocabulary bags, but you will also find a wide selection of activities for these bags at the link below:



2 Responses to “Word cards in class”

  1. daniela tomatis February 15, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I’m a big fan of word cards and we use them in class a lot. Here are some activities which work well with my students

  2. Julie Milner May 16, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Quizlet also do apps (some free) for iPhones and other smart phones. There are downloadable sets of flashcards or learners can create their own sets.

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