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How are you? ESL Flash Cards Introduction
There are 12 images in this set including a “How are you?” card.
In general, I don’t like to teach the expression “How are you?” to younger children because it is typically very formulaic with little meaning. (“I’m fine thank you. And you?”)
However, this set does have some adjectives that are good for children to learn. I have purposely left out “I’m fine.” just because it is so over-used.
How are you? ESL Flash Cards Game Ideas and Tips
All the cards have a physical gesture so for younger kids you can do a charades type game where one student acts out the image on the card and other students have to guess what it is.
Once kids are familiar with the answers, I have them do skits. Expressions like this are best taught in a real context so I typically do skits similar to what I talked about with the Food Flash Cards.
For the skit a possible dialogue is:
A: Good afternoon.
B: Good afternoon.
A: How are you?
B: I’m okay. How are you?
A: I’m happy.
In order to make it more fun, I have several cards ready to show students and surprise them just before they have to speak. For example, have the “Good morning.,” “Good Afternoon.,” and “Good evening.” cards from the Level A Popular Expressions flash card set ready and show students different cards when it is that part of the dialogue.
Substitute different “How are you?” cards as students are speaking.
Once students are a little more advanced you can ask them, why? “Why are you happy?” “Why are you bad?” etc. They then have to make up a simple answer.
Why are you bad? I have homework.
Why are you good? I ate pizza.
Why are you okay? It is cold.
They don’t have to answer correctly or in full sentences. Any answer is okay as long as they are trying to communicate.
TIP: The most important thing you can teach your students is that communication is important, NOT perfection. It is far better to speak in broken English, then to hesitate because they are looking for the correct sentence. Students willing to take risks and speak the limited English they know will communicate more and better than shy students. Reward effort NOT perfection.