Verbs are the skeleton of any language. Most ESL learners know the basics:. ‘eat,’ ‘go’, ‘play‘ etc., but expanding this list is vital to those working towards achieving a higher level of both spoken and written English.
In my classroom, I introduced a method I call ‘verb of the day’. It’s pretty simple but effective.
Every day I spend a few minutes introducing a new verb and ask my students to use that verb in a sentence. In a few weeks, my students progress from using standard verbs: ‘I eat‘ ‘I go’ & ‘I like‘ to the more advanced: ‘I climbed’, ‘I jump’, ‘I travelled‘.
The more creative you are at introducing the verb (you could use a song, dance and games), naturally the more the class will 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 are as followings:
The older or more advanced the students the further you can go:
I find these Verb Flashcards from Amazon super helpful in my online and brick and mortar classroom: