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Postcards from the Edge of English

Postcard sets come in books to be punched out, as well as in packs and boxes. It is an easy way to obtain a set of interesting high quality art on a theme that can be shuffled, stacked, dealt out, passed around, turned over, rearranged, and displayed, as best fits your intention. I laminate them for greater durability.
 
They will commonly be found in sets of 6, 12, 24, 50 and 100. Most of the ones I use are out of print so instead of giving details on those, going to Amazon searching “postcards” plus a topic will generate more ideas and choices, and in particular, ones which are easily available and reasonably priced.
The kind of postcard sets I use most often are ones depicting; animals, insects, dinosaurs, fashion, portraits of famous people, movie posters, flowers and famous paintings.
 
 
I use them in two ways.
 
1. One activity is to as a group or individually produce sentences based on what they see. They can make these kinds of common useful sentences, which you can pre-teach:
 
There is/are……
He/She/It is ….. (adjective).
He/She/It is ….. (verb-ing).
He/She/It has ………
In one adult class I do this as a drill for a few minutes at the start of every lesson.
 
2. Another activity is making comparative or superlative sentences, which is fun to do in a game.
Shuffle the cards and deal out the set so that participants have a number of cards. Put one card in the center. Students take turns placing their card next to it saying; “This flower is more beautiful.” “This beetle is smaller.” “This dress is more colorful.” Etc. You can compare to the original card, or to the recent student-placed card.
 
 
By the way, postcard books and sets generally have ISBNs and can be ordered like books, and if you ever want to revolutionize your knowledge of the book you hold in your hand, and where books come from, it is fun to learn how to decode an ISBN.

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