English Expressions A – Free ESL Flash Cards

Flashcards to Teach Kids English

I believe expressions like these are the absolute first step in learning any language. Even children can start having basic conversations from the very first class with common expressions. I usually use these cards in TPR (Total Phyisical Response) games and charades. You can also use them in pictionary style drawing games where children have to guess the word from a drawing.

Expressions A - English for Kids - Free ESL Flash cards

English Expressions A

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The full color images are B5 size (17.6 cm X 25 cm) and in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat reader to view and print.The full color images are B5 size (17.6 cm X 25 cm) and in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat reader to view and print.

English Expressions A Flash Cards Vocabulary

Here is a list of the expressions in this flash card set:
Bathroom, please.
Be quiet.
Big voice.
Excuse me.
Good afternoon.
Good evening.
Good morning.
Good night.
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.

English Expressions A Flash Cards Game Ideas and Tips

Most are self-explanatory. I added “cute” because Japanese children always say this when looking at picture books or stuffed animals. I added “it’s scary,” because children say this in block stacking games that I like to play in class. I also have a couple of toy snakes and a shark puppet that the kids love.

Most of the expressions have physical gestures associated with them so they can be taught with action games and TPR (Total Physical Response) activities.
I use the cards repeatedly every single class from the beginning until students can comfortable use the expressions in real contexts throughout each class.
You can start by saying the phrases and just have the children physically act out the gestures on the cards. Once they get more proficient move to games like charades or Pictionary (A game where students draw the expression and other students have to guess the English).
In class, try to use these expressions repeatedly in real contexts. If students forget what to say, first cue them with the gesture. They can usually remember the English with a little help.
If you are consistent and repetitively use these expressions in class, you will soon see your students having short English dialogues. These expressions are definitely the most valuable English beginning children can master.
TIP: Print your flash cards on a heavier card stock and laminate them if you can so they last longer.  Laminating machines can be bought inexpensively from stationary stores and many home centers.