Can you speak …? A4 Cards

I’m currently testing some ideas for A4 cards to go with the new “Can you speak English/French/Chinese etc.” theme.  Two great ideas over on the members forum were to add in the script for each language and to try and include every country that uses that language!  As you can tell below it produces some amazing results and should spark a whole lot of interest as well as let the kids know how useful English is as it can be used in so many places.

I’ve used  Wikipedia (which is hardly a reliable source!) and the  CIA Wordfact Book (which hopefully is!) to include the countries that have the language as either an official or de-facto official language.  But if you spot any mistakes with countries that should or shouldn’t be there, or indeed with the flags or script then please, please let me know.  The last thing I want to do is to offend anyone! Although I have a kind of feeling that will happen somehow.

I’m guessing 汉语 is the better than 普通话 for Chinese, but what about Korean, do you think I need to include 조선말 as well? I guess maybe seeing as the North Korea flag is also there? I’ll be checking myself but if anyone could ask friends who could give an opinion it would be great!

There’s also a printable PDF version for members.

Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

8 Responses to “Can you speak …? A4 Cards”

  1. Flossy

    Thanks Richard. The cards look great in the PDF file. It will also help to reinforce why learning English is important. Great idea to make the cards in this way.

  2. Margit

    Wow, Richard; thank you. These cards are great. I’m going to use them right away in my next 6th graders class.

  3. Margit

    One more time,
    THANKS for this song!!!

    Today I had my last lesson with the 6th graders. After reviewing the conversation patterns I taught (it were only 6 lessons this year) I introduced the Q+A for this song, using some impressive comments and advice for when they go to Junior High.

    Then we did the song, without long explanation they pumped up their volume and song from their heart.
    And the best acknowledgment I could get was: the homeroom teachers were crying in the end.

    I’m really really happy, thank you.

  4. richard

    Wow, now that is very cool! 🙂

  5. Gumby

    Margit, being able to touch the students’ hearts is a sure sign of a good teacher. Great job!

  6. Julian

    Brilliant! I’d not thought of using this song as a grand finale for the 6th graders, but now I definitely will. After all the fun and games and learning over the last 3 years (with some of them) it’ll be great to send them off to Junior High with the confidence that, YES – they CAN speak English!

    But it’ll probably be me who’ll be crying!

  7. Margit

    Thanks a lot for your comments. What a great day!

    Julian, make sure to give it a GO! There couldn’t be a better final. I did download some other songs for the final, but then Richard introduced this one, and there is just no song, so simple but still so impressive and a really “Stick in your head” melody. + Of course also the kids are really into saying “Yes we can” right now.

    Actually I was surprised because it was hard to make them say “NO”. When I asked about French, they started saying “Bonjour” and “Merci”, Spanish a few girls came up with “Adios”, and so on.

    Be sure to take your handkerchief, the chorus being song by 20,30 kids will make you really feel chilly!

    Have fun!

  8. Mahira

    Thanks Richard.These cards are great. I’m going to use them right away in my next 6th graders class.I’m really really happy, thank you.

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