I always let out a large groan whenever I see the price of the flashcards that accompany course books. In South Korea, just for example, the teacher cards for OUP’s seven volume Let’s Go series go for about $75 per book. Not a problem for private schools, but a huge nuisance for private teachers. Fortunately for members of the latter group, this week I’ll be writing about great sites that provide high quality flashcards (among other things) at no charge.
ESL Kids is the creation of Nick Ramsay, an English teacher based in Japan, and a valuable resource for free customized flashcards, games and song sheets. There are a wide variety of topics to choose from which you can download, print, laminate and use in the classroom to compliment or use instead of ‘official cards’.
Flashcard topics: actions, alphabet, animals, body parts, buildings, Christmas, classroom, clothes, colors, days of the week, dinner set, Easter, emergency services, family, feelings, the five senses, food & drink, fruit, Halloween, months, musical instruments, numbers, occupations, playground, presents, rooms, shapes, sports, St. Patrick’s Day, things at home, transportation, Valentine’s, and weather.
You can choose whether you want the name of the card written on the front or not, as well as your preference of size.
The worksheet generators at ESL Kids also use the same vocabulary to make writing practice sheets, text-only flashcards, tracing worksheets, trace and match worksheets, rock scissor papers games, dice games, die templates, spelling quizzes, bingo games, multiple choice worksheets, slam games, drawing sheets, board games, word search puzzles, scrambled word worksheets, and spinner.
Good stuff, isn’t it? Actually, while writing this I’ve been wondering why I don’t use this site more often.