Verbs are the skeleton of any language. A typical conversation in English would consist of many verbs used in a variety of ways. Most ESL learners know the basic verbs (e.g. ‘eat’ ‘go’ ‘play’) but expanding this list is vital to those wanting a higher quality of English in both speaking and writing.
In my classroom, I introduced a method I call ‘verb of the day’. It’s pretty basic but effective.
Every day I spent a few minutes introducing a new verb and asked my students to use that verb in a sentence. In a few weeks, my students progressed from using mainly standard verbs like ‘I went’ ‘I go’ & ‘I like’ to the more interesting ‘I climbed’, ‘I jump’, ‘I travelled’ etc.
The more creative you are at introducing the verb (you could use a song or dance), naturally the more the students learn. For the smaller kids, acting out the words can be very effective.
A list of verbs I use to teach in kindergartens – elementary school is as followings:
The older or more advanced the students the further you can go: