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Welcome to my Game Corner. Here I introduce a game for you to use in your classes to help make English come alive.

October 01, 2004

Emotional Adjective Flash Cards

emotional.gif Emotional Adjective Flash Cards are a fun way to teach younger students how to identify emotions and to get older students to describe their emotions and ask each other "touchy-feely" questions. Since the cards are large, the teacher can hold one card up in the front of a large class, which will be visible to everyone.

There are many ways to play with the cards, some of which are as follows:

Method #1
Teacher shows one card at a time to the class, and students name the adjectives. This serves as an introduction to the new vocabulary.

Method #2
Teacher shows the card to one designated student who will act the card out. The teacher then asks the class, "How does he feel?" The student facially pantomimes the adjective, using the appropriate body language. The first student (or team) to guess it correctly wins the card. The student (or team) that accumulates the most cards is the winner.

Method #3
Teacher asks the class the questions, depending on the students' level, on the back of the card, and the class answers. For example, these are the questions on the SHY card:

SHY
1. How does she feel?
She feels shy.
2. How did she feel yesterday?
She felt shy.
3. How will she feel tomorrow?
She will feel shy.
4. What kind of person is she?
She is a shy person.
5. Do you know anyone who is shy?
_____________________________________.
6. Do you sometimes feel shy?
_____________________________________.
7. What makes you feel shy?
_____________________________________.
8. Is being shy good or bad?
I think it's___________.
9. Why?
Because______________________________________.
10. How do you spell SHY?
S-H-Y
11. Please use SHY in a sentence.
__________________________________________.
*Sometimes substitute feel with look, seem or appear.

Method #4
Divide class into pairs. Give each student one card. Elementary school students can hide their card, say the word, and ask their partner to act out the word. This usually generates lots of laughter; then they can switch. Older students can ask all the questions on the card while their partners answer; after which, they can switch. When finished, have all pairs pass their two cards forward and receive the next two cards and repeat procedure.

*Note: Lower level students should just ask the first three or four questions. After mastering those grammatical constructions, they can advance towards the more difficult questions. Higher level students can try the variations as suggested at the bottom of the cards.

The emotional adjectives introduced in this set are as follows:

happy, sad, angry, bored, lonely, nervous, proud, surprised, worried, tired, relaxed, sleepy, kind, scared, scary, jealous, embarrassed, sorry, excited, affectionate, confused, frustrated, confident and shy.

These useful emotional adjective flash cards trigger genuine English interaction in a natural and enjoyable way. Teachers can eventually sit back and watch the students speak to each other in structured English while enjoying themselves.

Do you feel happy right now? What usually makes you happy?

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