Making flashcards is a classic, fun and engaging way of teaching language. ‘Clothing’ is one of the 9 DimmiDeck vocabulary groups included in every card. This lesson assumes basic clothing has already been taught. Today we will look at more specific clothing and accessories. Use this activity as an example of how to integrate flashcard creation and DimmiDeck. Get creative and choose cards that work for your students!
What You Need
9 DimmiDeck cards – The Farmer, The Artist, The Student, The Teacher ♂, The Secretary, The Waiter
Our free, printable, blank match-up cards can be downloaded here
On the cards, write the following words (matching cards are in brackets)
- Hat (The Farmer)
- Necklace (The Artist)
- Trainers (The Student)
- Belt (The Teacher ♂)
- Earrings (The Secretary)
- (Stripey) Socks (The Waiter)
Suggested Lesson Plan
(This is a simple PPP lesson. Presentation, Practise, Production)
- Present the vocabulary by eliciting it from the students. Preferably you should use realia in this lesson as there will probably be students wearing all of these things in class. If not, use mime.
- Cover MPF and drill the new words as normal.
- Elicit or introduce the phrase ‘he/she is wearing…’ and clarify the MPF as necessary.
- Show one of the character cards and choose a student to model by describing the character’s clothes, including the new vocabulary. ‘He’s wearing a white T shirt, blue trousers and a hat‘.
- Model this as necessary and ask students to repeat the exercise together in pairs, each describing different cards.
- Monitor and provide feedback as necessary.
- If extra practise is needed, ask students to repeat the activity by describing each others clothes before moving onto the Production phase. This may not elicit the new vocabulary, but it will practise the form needed and will be useful. Adapt as necessary.
It’s important now to get the students to practise their new vocabulary in a freer way. Our next activity ‘Memory Matchup’ is just one way of doing this. Check it out!
Remember – be creative and adapt to your students needs. There is different clothing on every DimmiDeck card, change the vocabulary that you teach as necessary. Why not try…
- having the students make the flashcards with you?
- getting the students to add adjectives to the clothing types?
- using the phrase ‘he is wearing’ as a springboard to introducing the present continuous next lesson?
- each DimmiDeck card has at least 9 sets of vocabulary. Why not adapt this to teach moods, jobs or something else?