Class Wednesday 20nov

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

The plan for class tomorrow. Draft
Print lists of verbs and explanations

1). Tongue Twister

2). Vocabulary/grammar – correct wildly erroneous information I provided on verbs. Regular vs Irregular.

English regular verbs change their form very little (unlike irregular verbs). The past tense and past participle of regular verbs end in -ed, for example:

work, worked, worked

Make note of, but do not dwell on:  regular verb exceptions/confusions

…But you should note the following points:

1. Some verbs can be both regular and irregular, for example:

learn, learned, learned
learn, learnt, learnt

2. Some verbs change their meaning depending on whether they are regular or irregular, for example “to hang”:

regular hang, hanged, hanged to kill or die, by dropping with a rope around the neck
irregular hang, hung, hung to fix something (for example, a picture) at the top so that the lower part is free

3. The present tense of some regular verbs is the same as the past tense of some irregular verbs:

regular found, founded, founded
irregular find, foundfound


Irregular verbs are an important feature of English. We use irregular verbs a lot when speaking, less when writing. Of course, the most famous English verb of all, the verb “to be”, is irregular.

What is the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs?

  Base Form Past Simple Past Participle
With regular verbs, the rule is simple…
The past simple and past participle always end in -ed: finish finished finished
stop stopped stopped
work worked worked
But with irregular verbs, there is no rule…
Sometimes the verb changes completely: sing sang sung
Sometimes there is “half” a change: buy bought bought
Sometimes there is no change: cut cut cut

One good way to learn irregular verbs is to try sorting them into groups, as above.

Review lists of verbs – both

3).  Describe events in sequential order: another class, no time today

NOTE:  Sequential events for Glitter Book exercise

4). Glitter book
Write a letter to someone: a friend or relative or an official like a president of their countries. (Joanna? We have talked about the president of Argentina before.)

List some ideas to include, if needed.
Write about:
The status of family, any new friends
Unusual observations about the US/Austin and anecdotes
What they miss about their home countries
What they like about the US
President: suggestions, grievances, reality check

5). Lab. Perhaps nothing with headphones. Epic equipment fail last class. My purchases are cheap crap.
No reading passages.
Verb exercises?


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