Word Cards

Word Cards

 

Background

Use of word cards for increasing vocabulary is suitable for second language learners. This is best used to help students retain their understandings of words they know and to create a collection of those words (Peregoy & Boyle, 2008).

 

Description

  1. Learners use small index cards to create their word cards
  2. On one side of the card, students write the word with a graphic representation. On the other side, students write the definition. For second language learners, the second language version of the word with a graphic representation is written on one side and the first language version or a definition is written on the other side. 
  3. As the teacher, you may choose to give students words to add to their collections. 
  4. Learners should go over their words during free times individually or with a partner. 
  5. Students may move words out to make room for new words assuming that they are very familiar with the words they are replacing.