Irregular verbs are an evergreen in TEFL. There are a lot of them and students have to memorise them. There seems to be no way around it. However, I still try to come up with something that will make this hard work easier for my students. And this time I try to teach 31 irregular verbs in two lessons using simple rhymes.
[showmyads] In this post you can find a worksheet with the short rhymes, an interactive quiz where students can practise their knowledge of irregular verbs, an interactive game and a worksheet with two exercises. I hope you find the activities interesting, useful and effective.
Irregular verbs – rhymes[/su_heading][su_spacer] Start the lesson with the following rhymes. The verbs are organised into rhyming sets and a simple short story is added. This should help the students remember the irregular verbs.
In the lesson, ask the students to read the rhymes aloud. Then translate the stories and tell them to memorise 4 of them. In the following lesson check that they have learnt the rhymes and ask them to memorise the rest of the rhymes.
Here you can find the pdf file with the rhymes for easier printing:
Irregular verbs rhymes
Irregular verbs – worksheet[/su_heading][su_spacer] Once your students learn the rhymes, it is time to concentrate only on the irregular verbs. Print out the following worksheet:
In the first exercise students should complete the mind map with the verbs they remember from the rhymes. They have to write the verbs only on the branches belonging to the appropriate rhyme. Check their answers.
In the second task students have to write the past tense and past participle of the verbs given.[su_spacer][su_heading]
Irregular verbs – quiz[/su_heading][su_spacer] The following quiz can help your students practise the irregular verbs either at school or at home. The quiz consists of two parts. In the first part, students should write the past tense and the past particples of the verbs. In the second part, students have to drag the correct verbs into the sentences. The students will be rewarded with a game after each part of the quiz they pass. The quiz is in HTML5, so it will play on all desktops and mobile devices. [su_button url=”https://engames.eu/irregular_verbs/Irregular verbs rhymes quiz (Web)/index.html” target=”blank” background=”#f56b68″ size=”6″]Irregular verbs – quiz[/su_button]
I think that your students will love usind the following game. Their task is to click the correct past tense and past participle. While the first round is easy, the others are very difficult indeed.
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Irregular verbs – links[/su_heading][su_spacer] You can find a list and several interactive activities at British Council site. [su_spacer][su_heading]
Irregular verbs – your opinion[/su_heading][su_spacer]
Which post on irregular verbs is the best?
Last week I taught passive and present perfect tense. I thought that I was well prepared but in both cases we encountered one big problem. The students could not form the past participles correctly. So they fought with the past participles and completely ignored the grammar taught.
[showmyads] So now I know that we have to deal with past participles before we return to the two grammatical points again. That is why I have prepared this post. Here the students can learn and practise the past participles of 40 irregular verbs. It is not a full list but, it is better than nothing. There is a rap to start the lesson, there is a mind map and several games to practise the verbs. I hope you will find these useful too.
Past participles – RAP[/su_heading] Watch and follow the video. You can sing along if you dare.
Past participles – mind map[/su_heading] Here I try to track some regularities in forming the past participles in English. These rules are based on the pronunciation.
Past participles – GAMES[/su_heading] In this section of the post you can practise the 40 past participles in different games. First of them is called Fling the Teacher and your task is to choose the correct past participle. If you get all 15 questions correct your teacher will be fired. Good luck. [su_lightbox src=”https://engames.eu/Past_participle/past participles_fling.swf”][su_button] Click Here to play the game [/su_button][/su_lightbox]
The second game is called En Garde. Your task is to choose the correct past participle and then hit your opponent. Kill him sooner than he does the same to you.[su_lightbox src=”https://engames.eu/Past_participle/past participles_engarde.swf”][su_button] Click Here to play the game [/su_button][/su_lightbox]
The third game has already been presented on our site. It is called Teacher invaders and your task it to kill all the invaders and write the past participles of the verbs displayed. Enjoy.[su_lightbox src=”https://engames.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Past_participle_invaders-game.swf”][su_button] Click Here to play the game [/su_button][/su_lightbox]