The use of flash cards in teaching as a means of developing students’ verbal creativity

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Problem and goal. Development of linguistic diversity, creative ideas in foreign language communication are key areas of international activity supported at the level of the United Nations. An important condition for effectiveness of any dialogue is verbal creativity. Preparation of the individual for professional creative thinking, for overcoming verbal stereotypes takes place in professionally-oriented communication. The authors suggest using interactive resources of flash cards in teaching to develop students’ verbal creativity. Metodology. Teaching a foreign language using flash cards is based on the Leitner method. Flash cards as thematic cards depicting objects (concepts) are also used for development of speech (vocabulary, morphology, word formation, syntax, pronunciation), and psychological processes leading to new results (fluency, originality, flexibility). The testing developed by the authors is carried out, it includes the parts “Vocabulary,” “Morphology,” “Word formation,” “Syntax,” “Pronunciation,” “Torrance figure test.” An experimental study was conducted at Vyatka State University during the study of the disciplines “Electronic resources in the professional activity,” “Foreign language.” 60 first-year students studying psychology (bachelor degree level) are involved. The Lexilize resource is used to create flash cards. Statistical processing of the results was performed using Pearson’s chi-square test. Results . Students study services for creating flash cards, use them to process new material, memorize and present concepts, word formation in a variety of contexts. Statistically significant differences in the qualitative changes that occurred in the system according to the levels of development of verbal creativity were revealed. Conclusion. The features of the presented version of using flash cards when teaching are described: combination with other means (mobile applications, simulators, infographics) and traditional forms of information transfer; interdisciplinary connections. Rules are formulated, implementation of which ensures effectiveness of using flash cards for development of verbal creativity.

About the authors

Natalya N. Vekua

The Sochi Institute (branch) of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5659-5881

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology, Head of the Testing Centre for Migrant Workers

32 Kuibysheva St, Sochi, 354348, Russian Federation

Ekaterina A. Mamaeva

Vyatka State University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7721-8820

senior lecturer, Department of Digital Technologies in Education

36 Moskovskaya St, Kirov, 610000, Russian Federation


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