Today we had a workshop on Specific Learning Differences (otherwise known as Special Educational Needs) by Fiona Thomas. She presented many good ideas to help people with learning differences, like dyslexia or AD(H)D, but mostly she put forward ideas that could just be thought of as good practice. Like TALK to your students. Ask them what works, what doesn’t, what strategies they use. But one interesting idea that she got from IATEFL last year was how to present irregular verbs in a more memorable way.
Group them into categories with a visual image: hamburgers, peas, a mother and twins, and a mixed bag of sweets. I know this works because one of the few things I remember from my high-school Spanish is ‘shoe verbs,’ irregular verbs that has the pattern of a shoe when conjugated.
Just in case that image is too small:
a hamburger verb:
a mother and twins:
a mixed bag of sweets
Thank you, Fiona, for another fabulous workshop 🙂