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Regular and irregular verbs and how to let your students learn about them on their own 馃榾

Updated: May 3, 2019

So I went away for a week and my kids were left without their very demanding English teacher 馃槄 So you'd think they got a week off English ... think again! Haven't I just said I'm demanding 馃槤

They knew it was coming. Last year when I left them for a week to attend the IATEFL conference (read about it here and here) I left them with a whole set of tasks to make them study countable and uncountable nouns (and you can read all about it here). So this year when they saw me entering the classroom with a big pile of folders on the day before I was supposed to leave they knew ... there was no escaping it 馃槀

This year I wanted them to study regular and irregular verbs so I've prepared a set of tasks and materials on that topic. Here's what I did:

Task 1: Hello, it's me!

A couple of days before I left I recorded myself giving them a very short lesson on what the difference is between regular and irregular verbs. I hid the film in a QR code. Their task was to watch the film and make a note in their notebooks of what the difference is. They're 21st century kids but they still love it when I pop up on video when I'm not physically there with them 馃槄

Task 2: -ED suffix colouring

So now that they knew that regular verbs are the ones that take -ed- , their next task was to work out the spelling rules of adding this suffix. I gave them this:

If you read my blog before you might recognise this activity. I used it many times with my students and one of those times was here. The activity is very easy - they colour in the same letters in each pair one colour and then the differing letters another colour. I don't have this set coloured in but this is what it looks like with -er- ending:

They cut up the table into separate boxes and group them trying to work out what the rules are. Once they worked out the rules their task was to create another note in their notebooks.

You can download this activity when you click on the picture above. There are two identical tables on one page so cut it in half before giving to students.

I also had a plan B for students who might need more help to get the rules. Some time ago I made a Keynote presentation with all the rules. I hid it in