Subject Verb Agreement Jingle

Subject Verb Agreement Jingle

I use it for my TOEFL class when we are working on the subject/verb agreement (verbs are in the present and past). I don`t teach vocabulary because I want them to get used to making sense of context or realizing that to answer questions, you don`t have to know every word in the sentence. It is a basic worksheet on which students try to find errors in a text (in this case song lyrics). Ideally, they do this first themselves, then they check their answers with a partner, then listen/observe So it seems wiser to avoid the « singular » and « plural » when referring to the verb: 3. So it is up to us to help students move from the lexical and intuitive use of the third person S to a more conscious understanding and more systematic use of the underlying systems. If our students make a subject/verb error, we should not automatically consider it a slippage. They may not be aware of the rules, not least because we barely teach them! 2. Curiously, the correct use of the third person S sometimes seems to depend on the verb present. In spontaneous communication, students tend to correctly conjugate verbs in sentences like « She likes » and « Sue works, » but are instead misunderstood « She sees, » « He`s leaving, » or « Lucy is looking. » Even names that end on S sometimes « attract » the third person S for some reason: « My parents live » is more likely than « you live. » One hypothesis: maybe some words create a phonetic environment that makes them sound « third-person-friendly » than others, meaning that students sometimes work lexically/intuitively in choosing the right shape. 5. Subject/verb compliance errors hardly impede communication, which means they are often poorly corrected. But the less we correct these mistakes, the less students will think about them. This could lead to fossilization, as awareness, when it comes to morphology, seems to play a key role in the restructuring of interlanguage.

Hello, thank you for sharing this! I`m going to make a presentation next week on subject-verb arrangements, would it be possible to use some parts of the second video? I will make sure that I refer you and your website. But I can fully understand if that is not possible. I found your videos very useful. Thank you very much! Yes, for sure. Isn`t it fun to see how even advanced students always get a fake S/V chord? In this sense, I have set up two song-based videos to help students achieve, beyond intuition, a more systematic understanding of subject-verb concordance. Video 1 (8 minutes) is more teaching-oriented, while video 2 (5 minutes) works more like a quiz. Depending on the profile of your students, select the ones you want to use. Hello Luiz – My name is Greg Nunn. I am an English teacher and educational entrepreneur. I really like your clear and very useful blog. Well done.

It`s excellent! Student: People like her. Professor: Remember — people are plural. Student: That`s what I said – likeS. 1. The so-called morpheme studies of the 1970s showed that the third person S is internalized relatively late – according to ing, auxiliaries, articles and irregular forms of past. No amount of awareness, drilling, and corrective commentary seems to change this sequence. But things are more complicated than you can see at first glance. If the video is not synced, go back to the beginning and click Play again…

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