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Sing, Sang, Sung, Singing Irregular Verbs

Sing, Sang, Sung, Singing Irregular Verbs

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Article describes a conference presentation on the use of familiar melodies to instruct English irregular verbs.
Article describes a conference presentation on the use of familiar melodies to instruct English irregular verbs.

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Published by: Forefront Publishers on Feb 09, 2011
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Sing, Sang, Sung, Singing Irregular Verbs
Suzanne L. Medina, Ph.D.Professor of Graduate EducationCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
E-Mail:smedina@forefrontpublishers.com Presentations on this topic were made at the following conferences:
* CATESOL (California Association of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference held in Pasadena, California on April 13,1998.
* The Los Angeles Regional CATESOL Conference held at Mt. SanAntonio College (Walnut, Calif.) on November 1, 1997.
* Southern Nevada Regional CATESOL Conference held in LasVegas, Nevada on October 16, 1997.Overview of the Presentation
"Ring, rang, rung, ringing." "Sweep, swept, swept, sweeping." These arebut a few of the many irregular verb forms which non-native speakers of English must acquire. Needless to say, recalling these irregular verb formsis difficult for many E.S.L. learners. Yet what can E.S.L. teachers do tofacilitate the process of learning these verbs? While there are no pills or injections, there is an alternative and enjoyable way that can be used withE.S.L. students: songs. Songs offer a viable alternative since, in theresearch literature, songs have demonstrated to have a powerful impactupon rote memorization and language acquisition (Medina, 1991).During this session, the presenter demonstrated a technique which shehas used with hundreds of E.S.L. students to help them successfully recallEnglish irregular verb forms. Participants were introduced to the threeirregular verb songs which have allowed students to master these forms,then they experienced first-hand the process of acquiring English irregular verbs through songs. Finally, the presenter discussed step-by-step theprocedure and strategies used in order to teach irregular verb forms withthese songs.
 Participants received handouts containing an outline of the procedure usedto instruct irregular verbs through song, the words of a sample irregular verb song ("Hernando’s Irregular Verb Hideaway"), and informationregarding tape cassettes which are available for purchase. If you wouldlike to learn more about these tapes, clickhere.
Procedure for Presenting Songs
Step 1: Teach the meanings of irregular verbs in a song (i.e., the baseform)
a. Select a group of 4 irregular verbs to teach.b. Teacher models vocabularyc. Add Student Volunteersd. Accelerate and vary order of verbs.e. Test volunteersf. Test entire classg. Have students say verbs
Step 2: Test students’ comprehension of the irregular verbs while listeningto song.Step 3: Model the song and song lyrics.Step 4: Have students practice singing the song with you.Step 5: Help students retain what they have learned.
The following irregular verbs and their various verb forms were sung to themelody of "Hernando’s Hideaway."
Verse 1break broke broken [breaking]choose chose chosen [choosing]freeze froze frozen [freezing]¡Ole! I must learn these today! ¡Ole!
Verse 2speak spoken spoken [speaking]steal stole stolen [stealing]weave wove woven [weaving]¡Ole! I must learn these today! ¡Ole!Chorus (spoken, not sung)
beat beat beaten [beating]eat ate eaten [eating]tear tore torn [tearing]wear wore worn [wearing]throw threw thrown [throwing]fly flew flown [flying]¡Ole! I must learn these today! ¡Ole!

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