Sing, Sang, Sung, Singing Irregular Verbs
Suzanne L. Medina, Ph.D.Professor of Graduate EducationCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.