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                   The Verbs

The verbs are supplemental sheets for other units.  The purpose of these sheets is to give students a greater vocabulary base to communicate.  As a teacher, I was often confronted with the same boring answers to every question I asked:

"What did you do yesterday?"  

"I watched TV."

And so I developed several sets of flashcards to increase my students?vocabulary rapidly.  The more they could say, the more they would say and the faster we could progress. However, being influenced by the lexical approach in ESL, I insisted on criteria for teaching vocabulary: Vocabulary must be taught in context with collocates to allow for automaticity at later stages.  In the case of verbs, vocabulary should almost always be taught with commonly occurring direct and indirect objects as well as with prepositions that are found in phrasal verbs.  That is, vocabulary should be taught in 'pre-assembled chunks.'

When I teach 'take', I think it's appropriate to teach the things that collocate well with take, for example 'take a bus' or 'take a shower.' Or in the case of phrasal verbs, 'look' is not to be separated from 'look at' or 'look for'.

Of all my resource projects, I think the cards and verbs are the most useful for kids. And I look forward to the day when I can create Gorillas II, II, IV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argue

Buy

Dream

Fly

Hide

Hold

Lift

Like

Look At

Look For

Make

Pick

Play

Play With

Protect

Ride

Run Away

Scratch

Sell

Send

Smell

Take

Talk

Think

Wear