I never expected yesterday’s and today’s sessions as four of my most enjoyable lessons and classes in my teaching life.
Our lesson was simply about the Simple Tenses of the Verb. For fourth year students, this lesson would have been a cliché for them already, for they had learned this when they were still in their grade school years. However, yesterday’s and today’s classes went to show that there was still something that they had to learn and relearn. The lesson on simple tenses of the verb seemed to be ‘simple’, but most students (even professionals) got mistakes with this—in spite of how simple it is.
After the prayer, we started with our game: Verb Charades. These were the instructions that I gave before the game:
1. The class will be divided into two teams.
2. Each team will choose one classmate as their guesser. The rest of team will be the clue-givers.
3. A short sentence, each with different verb tense, will be presented to the team while the guesser, who will be in front of the team, will be guessing the sentence correctly.
4. The sentences that will be presented to the team will be in the past tense, present tense, and future tense respectively.
5. For the guesser to guess the sentence successfully, the team has to act out the sentence.
6. Each team is given 5 minutes to guess the three sentences. The team who guesses the three sentences correctly (or who has the higher number of points) will win.
When the game started, both teams had fun in acting out the sentences, and the guessers also had fun (and anxiety) in guessing and giving the sentences correctly. The following sentences had to be guessed:
For Team A:
The boy ate ice cream. (past tense)
Father dances on the stage. (present tense)
The carpenter will build a house tomorrow. (future tense)
For Team B:
The girl drank milk. (past tense)
Mother cooks in the kitchen. (present tense)
The policeman will catch the thief tomorrow. (future tense)
Though one team won over another, both teams had fun. So did I.
We then went to the lecture-discussion afterwards. During the discussion, my students listened intently, and some even asked questions to clarify some things. I sensed that they really had the gusto to learn, and I highly appreciated their dedication to learn. Another thing, after the discussion, I mentioned some sentences to my students to which they had to identify whether the tense used in each sentence was in the simple past, simple present, or simple future tense. The flow of the oral drill was good, until I mentioned the sentence, “I am beautiful.” In the four sections (of different sessions), the students really answered me with “PAST!” OK fine. LOL I just continued with another sentence. “I will give you a zero later.” The students abruptly replied, “No, Ma’am!” LOL Well, generally, the discussion went smoothly and of course, fun!
After the lecture-discussion, we proceeded to the evaluation part: the Rap Game. The gist of the activity was for them to compose a short rap song using the tenses of the verb. After fifteen minutes of composing and practicing, each group presented their ‘cute’ and fun presentations.
Despite the short time given to them for their practice, they were still able to come up with nice performances. They weren’t perfect—yes, but they were good. Above all, aside from the fact that they relearned the simple tenses of the verb, they were also able to appreciate the simple tenses of the verb—in a fun and cool way.
Break it down. 🙂