Irregular verbs – snowball method

Irregular verbs 10

After teaching for fifteen years, it seems that it does not matter how much and well the teacher teaches, it is the student who must learn. I have already published many methods of teaching irregular verbs. There are posts on teaching irregular verbs with a rap song, there are posts with many games and stories where the irregular verbs are used in context. And the result? My students do not know the irregular verbs! If the students do not learn the verbs, they do not know them.
[showmyads] This of course does not mean that we should stop making our lessons as interesting as possible. No! It means that we should give students a chance to learn the verbs in an effective way themselves. That was why I started to learn another foreign language. And I found out that the best method to learn new vocabulary was the one which I call SNOWBALL.

Snowball method

Snowball is a simple piece of software which asks me to translate a word. If I get the word right, it disappears, if not, it gets repeated once or twice after a while. The following day, the programme asks me to translate the words from the previous day and adds 20 more words to learn. It goes on like this till day 5 when I have to translate 100 words. On day 6, the software offers the same 100 words again. But on day 7, I have to translate just 80 words as the oldest 20 disappear. In this way, the words disappear and on the tenth day I translate just 20 words.

This means that each word gets repeated at least six times and if the student does not know it, it gets repeated more frequently.

And I used this method to teach the irregular verbs. There are 100 most frequent irregular verbs in English and if you do one snowball every day, each irregular verb will get repeated at least 6 times.

As the answers are evaluated by a computer, DO NOT USE CAPITAL letters and divide the words with a comma (no pause after the comma).

Snowball 1
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2 Comments on “Irregular verbs – snowball method”

  1. The whole game is based on the following list of irregular verbs:
    1. beat beat beaten
    2. become became become
    3. begin began begun
    4. bend bent bent
    5. bet bet bet
    6. bite bit bitten
    7. bleed bled bled
    8. blow blew blown
    9 break broke broken
    10. bring brought brought
    11. build built built
    12. buy bought bought
    13. catch caught caught
    14. choose chose chosen
    15. come came come
    16. cost cost cost
    17. cut cut cut
    18. dig dug dug
    19. do did done
    20. draw drew drawn
    21. drink drank drunk
    22. drive drove driven
    23. eat ate eaten
    24. fall fell fallen
    25. feed fed fed
    26. feel felt felt
    27. fight fought fought
    28. find found found
    29. fly flew flown
    30. forget forgot forgotten
    31. forgive forgave forgiven
    32 freeze froze frozen
    33 get got gotten
    34 give gave given
    35 go went gone
    36 hang (up) hung hung
    37 have had had
    38 hear heard heard
    39. hide hid hidden
    40. hit hit hit
    41. hold held held
    42. hurt hurt hurt
    43. keep kept kept
    44. know knew known
    45. lay laid laid
    46. lead led led
    47. leave left left
    48. lend lent lent
    49. let let let
    50. lie (down) lay lain
    51. light lit lit
    52. lose lost lost
    53. make made made
    54. mean meant meant
    55. meet met met
    56. pay paid paid
    57. put put put
    58. quit quit quit
    59. read read read
    60. ride rode ridden
    61. ring rang rung
    62. rise rose risen
    63. run ran run
    64. say said said
    65. see saw seen
    66. sell sold sold
    67. send sent sent
    68. set set set
    69. shake shook shaken
    70 shine shone shone
    71. shoot shot shot
    72. shrink shrank shrunk
    73. shut shut shut
    74. sing sang sung
    75. sink sank sunk
    76. sit sat sat
    77. sleep slept slept
    78. slide slid slid
    79. speak spoke spoken
    80. spend spent spent
    81 spin spun spun
    82. stand stood stood
    83. steal stole stolen
    84. stick stuck stuck
    85. sting stung stung
    86. swear swore sworn
    87. sweep swept swept
    88. swim swam swum
    89. take took taken
    90. teach taught taught
    91. tear tore torn
    92. tell told told
    93. think thought thought
    94. throw threw thrown
    95. understand understood understood
    96. wake woke woken
    97. wear wore worn
    98. win won won
    99 wind wound wound
    100. write wrote written

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