Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Clothes Vocabulary Cards

When I was overseas teaching English, one of the resources that I needed most often but was hard to find, was flashcards for clothes. Students not only needed to learn the vocabulary, but the adjectives to describe them (stripey, spotty or polka-dotted, floral, plain etc) and the order to use those adjectives (e.g. 'She was wearing a blue, floral dress.')

I never did find a good set, so I have made my own. This one is in Australian English, (as the possibility of finding one of those was even rarer!), though I will soon add a British English and American English version to localise the language (so we don't argue what a thong is (; )

There are some pictures available online as posters, but they always seem to be made out of 1980's (non-matching) clipart or hand drawn black and white drawings from when men wore their pants around their bustline. So I cut mine out of cute paper to give them a fun, bright, quirky look and feel, and so they'd have a bit more heart.

They are available at:

I'm also translating these into world languages - so far I have French:

Prepositions of Place (Where is...?) In Indonesian and Italian!

For those teaching world languages and finding it hard to get good quality resources, I'd like to announce new Preposition of Place flashcards in Italian

and in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

A fun way to engage students to teach them where things are. Each card has the word, the word in a sentence and a cute cartoon explaining the word.

These are in addition to my versions in English, Spanish and French which have been really popular. I am excited to get more languages out there at last. It takes a while as I usually get a native speaker to check them for me (:

Persuasive Text Scaffolds

As I sat scratching my head as to how to teach my daughter the structure she needed for persuasive writing, I realised that what she was missing was a scaffold - a structure that she could learn and attach her ideas to so that her arguments were easier to understand. That way, she could easily check that she had all the elements she needed and she could separate and expand on her ideas. So, this was born:

This breaks down the structure of a persuasive text and explains the function of it part. It gives examples and leads the student through the writing process. It then gives them the opportunity to rewrite the text without assistance, to see how it comes together.

Scaffolding is often recommended by teachers and those assessing tests such as NAPLAN. It is a great way to guide students through and even to slow down those students, like my daughter, who have a great rush of ideas but down slow down enough to expand on them.

It is for sale on my TPT store for $3.00 and is great for all sort of exam and writing preparation.