Irregular Verbs

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Repetition - The Mother of Retention

Irregular verbs can be a real problem in the classroom. We've observed that the topic is often treated as an isolated element of the language to be learned through rote and repetition. In speaking lessons with native teachers this invariably leaves the students struggling to find the right forms, or choosing to abandon them in frustration.

With this in mind, we sat down and looked at some lists of irregular verbs. We tried to arrange them into groups ranging from what we felt were the most common to the least common. We then set about creating some materials we could use to regularly stimulate the students' awareness, without it getting too stressful or monotonous. We have used these materials in a variety of creative ways, and we hope you will too. The main thing here is repetition without exhaustion.

We'll be adding more to this section in the future so be on the look out! If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions, we'd love to hear of them! Enjoy!

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee