Irregular Verbs - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
Irregular Connect 4
ESL EFL Writing and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this noteworthy teaching activity, students play a game of Connect 4 by writing irregular verbs in their past tense form. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to choose an irregular verb from a chart. Under the word, they write the past simple form of the irregular verb. The aim of the activity is for the students to get four squares in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, while at the same time trying to stop their partner from getting four in a row. When a student gets four squares in a row, the teacher checks their answers. If all the words are spelt correctly, they win a point. If any of their answers are incorrect, the point is awarded to the other student. The student who has the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Irregular Verb Bingo
ESL EFL Listening and Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this entertaining teaching activity, students play a game of bingo using past simple irregular verbs. This game contains enough bingo cards for 20 students. Each student is given a bingo card and some time to remember the infinitive form of each past simple irregular verb on their card. The teacher calls out the infinitive form of different irregular verbs from his/her list. If the students have the past simple form of the verb on their card, they cross it off. When they have crossed off all nine verbs, they shout Bingo! When a student shouts ‘Bingo’, he/she reads out the nine verbs, saying the infinitive and the past simple form of the verbs. If the verbs are correct, the student wins the game. As an extension, the students play the game in groups with one student in the group reading out the infinitive form of the irregular verbs. The students could also just continue playing the game with new cards.
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Irregular Verb Match
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is a fun matching game to help students memorize irregular past tense verbs. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a set of past and present tense irregular verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn one card over from each set. The aim of the game is to find matching pairs of past and present tense irregular verbs. If a player turns over two cards that have the past and present form of the same verb on them, the player keeps the cards and scores a point. The player can then score an extra point by making a past simple sentence with the irregular verb. The player with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
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Past Tense Talk
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes
This productive activity can be used to teach students how to match present and past tense irregular verbs. Students also learn how to ask and answer past simple questions using the verbs. Students begin by playing an irregular verb pelmanism game. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over two cards. If they turn over two matching present and past tense irregular verbs, they keep the cards as a trick and have another turn. The activity continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most tricks wins the game. Next, the students are given a worksheet and asked to answer statements using the past tense irregular verbs from the first activity. The students write short answers in the squares on their worksheet in a random order. Students then work with a new partner. They swap their worksheets and take it in turns to guess why their partner has written the words or phrases in the squares. They do this by asking and answering past simple questions. Finally, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about their partner.
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What did you do yesterday?
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this delightful pairwork activity, students guess what their partner did yesterday by making statements with past simple irregular verbs. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. Students then guess what their partner did yesterday. They do this by completing statements with irregular verbs in their past simple form. Then they add in their idea for the topic, e.g. eat (food). The student might write: ate a pizza. When the students have completed their sentences, they check to see if their guesses were correct. The students take it in turns to read each statement to their partner, e.g. I think you ate a pizza for dinner yesterday. Their partner responds: Yes, I did. / No, I didn't. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the highest score wins the game.
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Make a Sentence
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an enjoyable activity for teaching past simple irregular verbs. In this activity, students change irregular verbs into the past simple form and then make past simple sentences using the verbs. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is handed a set of verb cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card. They look at the base form of the irregular verb and then make a sentence using the verb in the past simple tense. The other group members decide whether they will accept the sentence or not. If they do, the student’s name is written on the card in the space provided. The card is then placed in a separate pile. When the students have finished, the cards are counted. The student with the highest number of cards wins the game.
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Three of a Kind
ESL EFL Reading, Speaking and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an excellent irregular verb card game for pre-intermediate students. In the activity, students have to identify and find the infinitive, past tense and past participle form of less common irregular verbs. Each group of three or four students is given a set of cards. Eight cards are then dealt to each player with the remaining cards being placed face down in a pile on the desk. The aim of the game is to be the first student to get rid of all their cards. To do this, students must collect ‘three of a kind’. This means the infinitive, past tense and past participle form of an irregular verb. When they do this, they place the three cards face up in front of them. One student begins by asking one of the other students if they have a particular card that the student needs to get three of a kind, e.g. if the student has cards that say 'ride' and 'rode', he/she can ask: Sophia, have you got a card that says 'ridden'? If the other student has the card, he/she must give it to the student. If the other student does not have the card, the student who asked the question must pick up an extra card from the pile. The turn then passes to the next student and so on. If there are no cards left in the pile, students continue taking it in turns to ask each other for cards until there is a winner.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this enticing group activity, students practice making statements using past tense irregular verbs. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of number cards and an irregular verbs worksheet. One student picks up a number card from the top of the pile, e.g. Number 7, and looks at the verb in the numbered square on the worksheet, e.g. keep. The student then makes a sentence using the irregular verb in the past tense, e.g. He kept his money in a safe. The other students in the group decide whether they will accept the sentence or not. If they do, the irregular verb is crossed out and the student’s name is written in the square under the verb on the worksheet. Play continues with the next student and so on. The student with the highest number of squares at the end of the game is the winner.
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