Parts of Speech

Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs—English sentences are formed from various parts of speech. It might help young learners to think of parts of speech as building blocks for sentences. Our NEW Parts of Speech lesson breaks down each part of speech, describing the function and giving examples in a way that is easy to understand. (more…)

3 Fun Ways to Use Irregular Verb Cards

Our Spotlight lesson this week was our Simple Past grammar lesson. When it comes to learning the simple past, students rejoice at the lack of subject-verb conjugation. Unlike the simple present, where students must add an -s to the end of third person singular subjects, the simple past has only one form for all subjects. There’s more good news when English language learners realize they must only add -ed to the end of the base verb to form the simple past for regular verbs.

However, irregular verbs can pose a problem for learners. How do they memorize all the various endings and changes that irregular past tense verbs take? Repetition is key, and if teachers can make it fun, students are more likely to want to practice! (more…)

Clothing & Shopping Activities Using Flashcards

Learning new vocabulary can be a struggle for English language learners. Teachers can make it easier and more interesting with flashcards! This week our Spotlight was on Clothes in the Card Games section of our Games Room, and we wanted to give teachers some suggestions on how to use these flashcards in class. If you have your own favorite flashcard activity, please write it in the comments section below—we’d love to hear it!

Activities with Cards/Flashcards for Clothes & Shopping:

1. Dress Up: Put students into pairs and have them draw two stick figures (a man and woman or a boy and girl). Give each student a set of flashcards and tell them to place the clothing pictures on the stick figures to “dress them up.” Students should discuss their choices using the clothing vocabulary. You can repeat this activity using different themes such as formal, casual, business, etc. Ask each pair to come up with a theme to share with the class.

2. Silly Dress Up: (more…)

Clothing Flashcards

Clothes and shopping are popular topics in most classrooms. With 32 picture cards and 32 word cards, our Clothing Cards make vocabulary learning fun!

Use these cards as a warm-up, filler, or wrap-up to a lesson on clothing or shopping, or use them anytime for a fun, educational activity. These Games Room cards make learning new vocabulary fun and easy. Try printing them out double-sided so that the pictures are on one side and the words are on the other. (more…)

Animal Battle – An ESL Card Game for Practicing Comparative Adjectives


Are you looking for some fun games to keep your young learners interested in English? This week’s Spotlight features a set of playing cards with animal names and pictures. Tanya has already shared some fun card games to play with Sprout English’s card sets. Here’s another fun game that you can play to introduce or practice using “would”. This game is also useful for practicing comparative adjectives.

How to Play “Animal Battle: Who Would Win?”

This game is similar to “War”, the card game of chance where players face off and try to collect all of the highest cards from their opponents. The difference between “War” and “Animal Battle” is that Sprout’s playing cards have no numbers! Students have to decide who would win in each battle. They have to use comparative adjectives to win the cards. At the end of the session, one student in the class will be declared “King or Queen of the Jungle”.

1. Print 
Print a few sets of Animal Playing Cards from Sprout’s Games Room and divide your class into pairs. (This game could also be done in groups of four where students work as one pair against another pair.) If there is an extra student, ask for a volunteer to be a park ranger. The teacher must also be a park ranger (referee). (more…)

9 Ways to Use Cards & Flashcards in Class

Teaching from a textbook all day can be tedious for both students and teachers. Breaking up the time with interactive warm-ups, filler, and wrap-ups makes the lesson engaging and fun! One way to do this is with cards—both flashcards and playing cards. Using cards in the classroom also lets you sneak in some learning while your students think you’re just playing a game. Young learners, especially, respond well to games, and if the games are educational, there’s no reason to limit their use! Games can involve speaking, vocabulary, grammar, etc., but today I’ll focus on ways to use vocabulary cards.

Card & Flashcard Games:

Try the following games with Sprout’s cards in the Card Games section of the Games Room. We have image/word card sets on animals, clothes, farm animals, fish and reptiles, fruit, jobs, prepositions, verbs, and adjectives! (more…)