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Likes – ESL Flash Cards Vocabulary
The Likes Flash Cards include 25 nouns that children are likely to stongly like or dislike.
The words include bread, cats, chocolate, cochroaches, coffee, cookies, dogs, dolphins, eggs, English, french fries, fruit, hamburgers, ice cream, insects, milk, orange juice, pizza, school, sharks, snakes, spaghetti, vegetables, video games, and ABCfrog (the main character of my sites).
There is also a card called ‘like’ which has the ABCfrog character with his arms crossed like he is hugging something. This is my gesture for ‘like.’ I feel that using physical gestures like this gives children an extra memory cue to learn the language target.
Likes – ESL Flash Cards Game Ideas and Tips
If children forget how you use ‘like’ you can make the hugging gesture to remind them. I also have gestures for can, have and want so that it is clear to children what they are talking about.
Sometimes students can follow the pattern of a drill but when asked in a different context, don’t really understand what they are saying. The physical gestures make sure there is no confusion.
When introducing new language targets, I like to start with the simplest sentence structures first. For ‘Likes,’ that means yes/no questions. “Do you like pizza? Yes, I do. No, I don’t.”
Here is the order that I like to introduce ‘Likes.’
- Yes/No questions, answers only.
- Asking Yes/No questions- Do you like ____?
- Statements- I like ____. I don’t like ____.
- Favorites – What is your favorite (vegetable)? I like (carrots).
- Different subjects – He likes ____., She likes ____., They like ____., etc.
- Questions with different subjects- Does he like ____?
Many textbooks cover all of the above in one chapter but then don’t review much after that. Invariably children quickly forget. I think it is much better to spend a little time each class on each variation and progressively make it harder over many classes. Children often need 20 to 30 repetitions spread out over increasingly longer intervals to really internalize the language targets. Five minutes per class over 10 classes is far more effective than one 50 minute class on a single target.
Flash card drills can be a game if done in the right way. One idea is to purposely make mistakes reading the cards. “Do you like ice cream? Yes, I do.” “Do you like snakes? No, I don’t.” I like chocolate.” At first, demonstrate that you want children to find the change in the pattern. “I like chocolate. NO. DO YOU like chocolate?”
After modeling it like this children will start playing close attention to when you change the pattern. For lower level students, just change the object because it is easier to spot. For students with more ‘Likes’ practice make more subtle changes.
TIP: Don’t teach any game or activity for too long. 10 to 15 minutes on a single language target or game is more than enough. Ideally you should try to stick to 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow you to cover many more language targets per class. Constant review of multiple targets is the only way that children will be able to use the English over the long term.