My son Lucas was complaining he was going to have a permanent crick in his neck from spending hourrrrrs (or words to that effect) trying to learn irregular verbs in English when it occurred to me there might be plenty of sites on the Internet to help students, and my own son in this case, with this seemingly daunting task.
And just as I predicted there are some cool sites that offer a nice alternative to the traditional pen-and-paper method of learning irregular verbs.
Hard to believe me? Then, try these games and I bet you’ll be delighted next time you are asked to study them. Dear Lucas, this post is for you!!!
An enjoyable game where irregular verbs are chosen at random from a spinning wheel. In this game you have 2 minutes to answer questions related to the verb forms of the irregular verbs displayed in the wheel. You get 1 point for every correct answer plus a bonus 10 points for every verb you get 100% correct.
A fun activity where the teacher is presented as an animated character on a pirate ship about to be eaten by sharks. You’ll need to answer correctly all the questions to see the teacher being eaten by the sharks (don’t worry, there’s no blood!). A game for kids that I enjoyed a lot and played more than once 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day Week! Love is in the air….and all that!
I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day, maybe because I’m Spanish and well into my forties, and in Spain, in a small village in the north and in the 80’s, we never ever heard of a special day to celebrate love. But I don’t want to be a party pooper here so I always get into my best mood to do an activity related to this special day in the Anglo culture.
On Monday , Gotye’s song “Somebody that I Used to Know” was awarded a Grammy for the record of the year. Needed a better excuse to play the song? Yes, but I’ve got it!! It contains irregular past verbs, something I am currently working with and also a great opportunity to introduce “used to”. … the only catch is that the song is about breaking up and not about perfect love… but you can’t have it all guys! So, off we go!
I got this wonderful idea from Mel Wawen although I have slightly modified it. As she explains it can be used as a warm up before the lesson or at the end of it when students feel they have had enough of English.
The truth is that though it works very well with students in their early teens I can’t see my adult students playing a human bingo, can you?
This time I needed to revise Irregular Verbs and this is how I did it.
♥I asked students to tidily sit individually and in rows of three or four.
♥Then, I asked them to choose an irregular verb in the past form from the ones we had studied and write it on a piece of paper.
♥Every row is a team, so they should make sure every student in the same team has chosen a different word.
♥Tell them you are going to say a verb at a time, using the infinitive form. When the students hear the infinitive for the irregular they have chosen they must say the past tense aloud and then sit down.
♥The first team with all the students sitting down wins the game.
I used this game when they first learned there was something called irregular verbs . It was funny and it only took about three or four minutes. The second time I played this human bingo, students also had to write a sentence containing the irregular verb. After checking that their sentence was grammatically correct, I checked their pronunciation. It was their turn now. They had to stand up and read aloud their sentence but without saying the verb. Students in the class had to provide the right verb in the past.