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Free Flash Cards for English Teachers – ESL and EFL
Here are many flash card sets designed to teach children English. They are all completely free for download. All I ask in return is a share on Twitter or Facebook.
Popular English Expressions Level A
I believe expressions like these are the absolute first step in learning any language. Even very young children can start having basic conversations from the very first class with common expressions. There are 25 expressions in this flash card set: Bathroom, please. Be quiet. Big voice. Cute. Excuse me. Good afternoon. Goodbye. Good evening. Good morning. Good night. Hello. Help me. Here you are. Hurry up. I don’t know. I’m finished. I’m sorry. It’s delicious. It’s scary. I won. Let’s play. One more time. See you later. Thank you. You’re welcome. Please let me know if you think I am missing any important expressions!
Verb Flash Cards Level A
Simple verbs that are great to get kids moving. Use them in TPR and charades type games.
Family Flash Cards
The cards include family, grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother, sister and baby.
Colors Flash Cards
There are 15 colors: black, blue, dark blue, light blue, brown, grey, dark grey, green, light green, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow.
Body Parts Flash Cards
There are 15 images in this set: back, ears, eyes, feet, fingers, hands, head, knees, legs, mouth, nose, shoulders, stomach, teeth and toes.
Fruit Flash Cards
There are 17 flash cards in this set all in the plural from with the “s” in red to highlight the differences between singular and plural.
Vegetables Flash Cards
21 flash cards with “a” or “an” to contrast with the plurals in the fruit flash cards. Only the “peas” and “vegetables” cards are plural.
Phonics Flash Cards Level A
This cards are for the first step in phonics awareness for students. Basic phonetic sounds are linked to images so that students can associate sounds to lower case letters (phoneme to grapheme).
Likes Flash Cards
There are 26 cards in this set including an image with a gesture for ‘like.’ The words include bread, cats, chocolate, cochroaches, coffee, cookies, dogs, dolphins, eggs, English, french fries, fruit, hamburgers, ice cream, insects, like, milk, orange juice, pizza, school, sharks, snakes, spaghetti, vegetables, video games, and ABCfrog (the main character of my sites).
Animals Flash Cards
There are 31 cards, including ‘animals.’ All cards are singular with the indefinite article “a” or “an” on each card in red.
Food Flash Cards
There are 27 flash cards in this set including: bread, cake, cereal, chicken, coffee, cookies, curry, eggs, french fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, milk, orange juice, pancakes, pepper, pizza, ramen, rice, salad, salt, sandwiches, soup, spaghetti, tea, water and food. All are in plural or uncountable forms. This is also a great set to teach adults and older students countable and uncountable nouns.
‘How are You?’ Flash Cards
There are twelve images in this set including, “How are you?”
Now it is time for my next level of flash cards. You will notice that I have change the color of the border. This is to make it easy to understand exactly what vocabulary and language targets you should be teaching to each level of student. This is very important because students need massive amounts of review and repetition to master a language target.
In textbook based classes, I have noticed that most teachers have little idea of all the targets that students are currently learning. If teachers don’t know what the targets are, how can they know what to check for, what to review and what to slowly introduce in the future?
The color coding system makes it completely intuitive and automatic. If your students have a good understanding of the green Level A flash cards then start introducing the orange Level B cards. If they are still struggling to use the vocabulary in real contexts then don’t be afraid to do more review games and activities.
How is the weather?
Here are the flash cards in this set: ‘How is the weather?’ ‘It’s windy.’ ‘It’s cloudy.’ ‘It’s cold.’ ‘It’s hot.’ ‘It’s raining.’ ‘It’s snowing.’ ‘It’s sunny.’ ‘It’s cool.’ ‘It’s warm.’ ‘It’s humid.’ ‘spring’ ‘summer’ ‘fall’ ‘winter’
The flash cards below are not uploaded yet, but will be soon. Stay tuned!
Questions Flash Cards
This is the shortest and probably one of the most important flash card sets. There are five questions: Who?, What? Where? When? and Why?. Getting your students to answer and ask questions in a variety of contexts is the key to building real communicative classrooms.
Have Flash Cards
There are 26 cards in this set including ‘Do you have ________?” The rest of the cards are ‘a pencil’ ‘a ring’ ‘a bicycle’ ‘a watch’ ‘a yo-yo’ ‘ a car’ ‘a cat’ ‘a computer’ ‘a dog’ ‘a doll’ ‘a goldfish’ ‘a guitar’ ‘a hamster’ ‘a house key’ ‘a pet’ ‘a stereo’ ‘a turtle’ ‘a TV’ ‘a video game’ ‘a brother’ ‘a sister’ ‘a snake’ ‘a backpack’ ‘a wallet’ and ‘a teddy bear.’
Adjective Flash Cards
Here are 32 adjective flash cards including: angry, bad, big, cold, dark, difficult, easy, fast, good, happy, hard, heavy, high, hot, light (bright), light (weight), long, low, noisy, pretty, quiet, sad, short (height), short (length), slow, small, smelly, soft, tall, thick, thin and ugly.
Can (Abilities) Flash Cards
There are 21 cards in this set: Can you ______?, do karate, drive a car, play baseball, play guitar, play the piano, play tennis, ride a bicycle, sing an English song, swim, jump rope, dance, snowboard, fly, cook eggs, speak English, use a computer, draw a picture, read English books, ride a unicycle and speak Japanese.
Clothing Flash Cards
There are 21 cards in this set: a belt, boots, a cap, a dress, gloves, a hat, a jacket, jeans, pants, a scarf, a shirt, shoes, shorts, a skirt, sneakers, socks, a sweater, a sweatshirt, a T-shirt, underwear and a vest.
School Flash Cards
There are 22 flash cards in the School Set including: a backpack, a bag, a binder, a blackboard, a book, a bookshelf, a chair, a clock, crayons, a desk, an eraser, a globe, glue, a notebook, a pen, a pencil, a pencil case, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, scissors, a teacher, a map, a whiteboard and school.
Toys Flash Cards
There are 12 flash cards in this set including: toys, a ball, blocks, a doll, a game, a jump rope, a puzzle, a teddy bear, a top, a toy car, a video game and a yo-yo.