Laminating Flashcards. Laminating your flashcards is a great way to make sure they last for a long time and it also brings out the colors. Bent cards can be re-laminated to iron out the creases. A laminator and laminator pockets are well worth the investment as you'll save paper and printer ink costs in the long run.
Teaching the Alphabet. There are many ways to teach the alphabet and all Ts develop their own style over time. Here is a basic outline of steps you can follow when introducing a new letter: 1. Hold up an alphabet letter flashcard so all Ss can see it. 2. Chorus the letter 3 to 5 times. Then ask each S individually to say the letter. 3. Teach the sound of the letter (e.g. "A is for 'ah' ... ah - ah - ah"). Chorus again and check individually. 4. Provide an example of an object that begins with the letter - double-sided flashcards with the letter on one side and a picture on the other are great for this. e.g. "What's this?" (elicit "A"). "And A is for...?" (elicit "ah"). "And 'ah' is for ... (turning the card over) "apple!". Chorus the word and check individually. 5. Do a final check (T: "What's this?", Ss: "A", T: "And 'A' is for...?", Ss: "ah", T: "And 'ah' is for...?" Ss: "Apple!"). These steps can be followed by 'magic finger', 'pass it', 'find it', 'slow motion' or any other alphabet game (see our games section for details). Also, the 'ABC song is a nice way to start and finish the alphabet segment of your lesson.
Using Worksheets in Class. Worksheets (or handouts) are a great resource to use in the classroom. Before letting Ss loose on the worksheets it is very important to show them what to do. Hold up the sheet so all can see it and actually start working on the sheet. It may be necessary to complete the whole sheet first or just some of the sheet if it seems your Ss can understand what to do. Whilst demonstrating, involve your Ss: ask them for the answers, or even ask them what color you should use. After giving out the worksheet make sure your Ss get in the routine of writing their names on the sheet (they can get mixed up easily) and then walk around and monitor, asking questions and giving lots of praise and encouragement. If your group is small enough you can do the worksheet along with the Ss, joining in with their activity. At the end, ask each S some questions about their worksheet and again give lots of praise.
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