Archive for May 19th, 2008

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

155 Irregular Verbs

§ 1. As ESL teacher, I should have known, but I didn’t; there seems to be (at least) 155 irregular verbs in English. I don’t know how many lists of those irregular verbs list exist, on the Web or elsewhere, but I felt like making just another one, anyway.

§ 2. Lists of irregular verbs are like multiplication tables: memory is involved and there seems to be no end to them. Nonetheless, meta pedagogues say that a student learns better, if he feels that the work he needs to perform to acquire or master a competency is reasonable, possible or feasible…

§ 3. Is giving students lists of unnumbered irregular verbs all piled up in a block and printed really small, so as to fit into one 8½ x 11″ sheet, like pressing a delicious spaghetti into a block or a ball, so as to save space in a plate?

§ 4. Thus, I assume that grouping the 155 counted verbs 10 x 10 would make the global list more digestible and manageable and by the students and by the teachers: for example, if I teach a three-week long ESL class this summer, I’ll see the students 15 times; thus we must proceed at least 10 verbs a day, to go through them all.

§ 5. I’m thinking of a daily writing moment, during which the students write sentences that make sense, using 10 irregular verbs; I see it as a project, which would lead to a booklet, folder, or binder for each student, just on them once pell-mell, indigestible iRRRegulaRRR veRRRbs: something they’d like to keep for the rest of their lives or even give to their grand children… :lol: Doesn’t that irregular verb problem have to be dealt with soon or later?

§ 6. So, through some precious feedback, I crafted a user-friendly Web p@ge; no, I didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I now know that, WITHOUT www, le@ds to a simple alphabetical list of 155 English irregular verbs, regrouped 10 x 10.