This is an activity for students to identify and practise the pronunciation of ‘ed’ in the past simple/past participle forms of regular verbs. Students brainstorm vocabulary in groups, divide the verbs into three categories and write a short description of the holiday they went on using the verbs in question. I have done this activity with one of my adult classes and it worked really well. You give students ownership by letting them choose the verbs instead of providing them with a list that might be irrelevant to their needs.
Time: 50 minutes
- To practise the pronunciation of ‘ed’ in the past simple/past participle forms of regular verbs.
- To write and read a short description of a holiday the students went on using regular verbs.
- A board
- Put students in groups of 2 or 3, and ask them to think of a holiday they really enjoyed. As they describe it to each other briefly in teams ask them to write down the REGULAR verbs others use when speaking. As a result students immediately have a reason to listen and something to concentrate on.
- Divide the board into three sections: / ɪd /, / t / or / d / and ask them if they know that there are three ways of pronouncing ‘ed’ in the past simple/past participle forms of regular verbs. For more information go to: bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413_gramchallenge26
- Explain to students what the rules are and provide some examples to get them started.
- Put the students in the same groups of 2 or 3 and ask them to now divide the verbs from their verb list into three groups depending on the pronunciation of ‘ed’ in the past simple/past participle forms of these verbs.
- Check as a class and write students’ answers on the board adding them to your examples.
- Now individually ask students to WRITE a short description of the holiday they talked about at the beginning using the regular verbs from the board.
- When the students are finished they read their pieces to each other. Ask other students to look at their lists and tick off the verbs used.
- Correct when necessary, ask other students to help you identify the mistakes first though.
- Ask students to look for three new verbs they could add into each category. Make sure you tell them to write down the meaning of the new words, a great opportunity to enrich their vocabulary, and if time allows, write down an example sentence with each verb as well.
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