Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Raymond Clark


This paper explores the author’s process in using flashcards to teach formulaic sequences. First, there is a discussion of the terminology, which ties the term “formulaic sequences” to earlier discussions about the Lexical Approach and collocations. The importance of teaching formulaic sequences is then explored, as a way to build vocabulary and to aid in general skill development. Rote learning through the use of flash cards is then argued for, with a variety of card types presented and compared. The author then discusses the methods by which flash cards have been used to teach formulaic sequences in his own classroom, concluding with a set of best practices that teachers can apply to their own teaching contexts.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition