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ELT Game Corner

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

May 01, 2005

Food Flash Cards

food_flashcards.jpg This beautifully photographed collection of delicious looking food cards can be used for ALL levels of English classes, from children to beginning adults. The cards help the students name, describe, match and remember food terminology. The deck consists of 31 different types of food.

The first week, the teacher can focus on one food group, such as the fruit cards. I would suggest the teacher placing them on the table face up in pairs saying the names of the fruit as the children repeat. Then the teacher can tell the students to, " Turn them over" and then, "Mix them up." The teacher can then turn over two cards trying to make a match, after which the teacher says to the student to the left, "You go," or "Your turn. " The student to the left goes after the teacher. As the students turn over the cards, they should say the name of the fruit. The student with the most pairs of fruit wins. The students then place all their cards face up and one by one they point to the fruit they like best, saying, "I like........."

Suggested language variations are:

For one card
This is a pineapple.
These are grapes.
This is a bowl of fruit.
This is a banana.
This is an orange.
This is an apple.

For the second card
This is a pineapple.
These are grapes.
This is a bowl of fruit.
This is a banana too.
This is also an orange.
This is not an apple.

For the pair
These are pineapples.
These are grapes.
These are bowls of fruit.
These are bananas.
These are oranges.
This is an apple and a banana.

Other structures:

Do you like grapes? Yes, I do.
Do you like grapes? Yes, I do too.
Do you like carrots? No, I don't.
Do you like carrots? No, I don't either.

The second week, the students can use the same procedure for vegetables, and the third and fourth week, they can use other sections of the cards.

The cards included in this Food Flash Card Pack are:

Fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, a bowl of fruit

Vegetables: broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers, potato, tomatoes

Meat & Fish: fish, ham. hamburger, hot dog

Sweets: birthday cake, cookies and milk, ice cream, popsicle

Fast Food: french fries, pizza, sandwich

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Others: popcorn, bread, cheese, eggs, mushrooms

The Food Flash Cards are easy to use and play with. Students are naturally interested in the English terms because they are already familiar with them in Japanese. They learn the English terms quickly, which boosts their confidence and their ability to interact with their classmates in simple English. And everyone gets HUNGRY after playing, the teacher included!



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