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    Teaching methods of irregular verbs

    Hello All,

    When I was a child I learnt the past simple and past participle forms of the verbs at the same time within the same unit of our lang.book (when we were taught past simple) which wasn't difficult to me and made easier to learn present perfect simple later as a non-native student.

    Nowadays lang.books (Project, Get to the top etc) teach these forms separately, in different units and books thus in different grades.

    What is your opinion,

    -which method is better for TESL teachers to teach irregular verbs and why?

    - which method do you use as an TESL teacher?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Teaching methodf of irregular verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by kaboci View Post
    Hello all.

    When I was a child, I learnt the past simple and past participle forms of the verbs at the same time within the same unit of our lang. language book (when we were taught the past simple), which wasn't difficult to for me and made it easier to learn the present perfect simple later as a non-native student.

    Nowadays, lang. language books (Project, Get To The Top etc) teach these forms separately, in different units and books, thus in different grades.

    What is your opinion
    ?

    - Which method is better for TESL teachers to teach irregular verbs and why?

    - Which method do you use as an TESL teacher?

    Thank you. Unnecessary. Thank us after we help you.
    Welcome to the forum.

    I currently teach conversational English so I don't have a structured way of teaching those forms. However, when I taught formal lessons I always taught them separately to avoid confusion.

    Please note my corrections above. Also, please check your member profile. Your current location does not appear to be Luxembourg.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Newbie
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    Re: Teaching methodf of irregular verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I currently teach conversational English so I don't have a structured way of teaching those forms. However, when I taught formal lessons I always taught them separately to avoid confusion.

    Please note my corrections above. Also, please check your member profile. Your current location does not appear to be Luxembourg.
    Hello, my way of teaching the irregular verbs is to ask my students to make mini sentences using the verb e.g. I sleep every night, I slept well last night, I haven't slept for 2 nights. I swim every weekend, I swam yesterday, I feel good I have just swum etc.
    Learning words with no context is not very effective. Learning words connected to an idea means that when they want to use a word they will remember it far more easily.

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