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Cue Cards

Cue cards are a great way to introduce vocabulary.

Cue cards also provide students with information/answers so that learning new phrases is easier. For example, if the question is, “What fruit do you like?” provide cue cards printed with various types of fruit. This way, no time is wasted with students trying to overly think about what kind of fruit they like.

When working in pairs, students answer with the information on their card. When finished, students exchange cards and then move on to talk with other students.

Cue cards games (All of these games can be self-lead by students.)

  1. Karuta
  2. Concentration
  3. What’s missing?
  4. Guess the card the student is holding

Interview Sheets

Having students interview each other is a great method of teaching. We call this method an “information gap” exercise. In an “information gap” exercise, Student A has information Student B needs. In order to get and give the information, students must talk with each other.

Here are the skills interview sheets build.

  1. Asking questions.
  2. Answering questions.
  3. Speaking clearly.
  4. Listening closely.
  5. Asking for clarification.
  6. Listening comprehension.
  7. Spelling.
  8. Penmanship.