Rachel, thank you for your kind words. Love technique, although part of me (you know, the part that believes a little more in Murphy`s law than it should) fears that if we go overboard, we might end up “He can.” But still, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. As far as the “s” are concerned, yes, I think you are right. When you think that they work mostly on grammar, phonotism comes into play… Thinking that my pseudo-theory makes sense, of course. Even advanced students can struggle with the nuances of this, especially if the subject and verb are not side by side in the sentence. Want to learn more about this ESL writing activity? Look at it here: Correction activity. Thank you, Jonathan, for your comments. It is important to remember that the errors of subject/verb agreement are most often in terms of development policy and are therefore not specific to language.
The problems you have described therefore most likely apply to teachers and students around the world. By the way, you`re Jonathan Alderman? The verb-subject agreement is also one of the most difficult aspects to master the English language. Teaching this subject involves not only an explanation of what it is, but also the fact that students really know what a subject and a verb is. Have you noticed that your students are struggling with this point of English grammar? Then you should seriously devote a whole lesson or two to it. Here are some prefabricated verb topics ESL lesson plans to try: There is nothing like a good `ol yes, or no question to see if your students understand about/verb agreement. For example: Here is one of my best choices for professional verb chord lessons: simple phrases are groups of words that express complete thought and contain both a theme and a verb (predicate). They must correspond to others by number (singular or plural). For example, she stung. The way it works is that you write some appropriate themes and verbs on separate maps. For example, when I teach children, I never go to class without cards! You are just such a valuable teaching tool and there are plenty of games and activities you can do with them. If you are looking for an ideal activity for absolute beginners, you should consider role-playing games.
The way it works is that students have to have the beginning of a conversation and then finish them off. Of course, the teacher can help. This activity also works very well for auxiliary verbs. A really interesting and thoughtful contribution, with a lot of good points. I never thought about it, but I think you`re right with one`s leads to another – perhaps because -s is the way we report in the plural and third person? I also agree with you on corrections at higher levels that help students to point it out and rephrase it. One of my former colleagues had an excellent technique. he would draw an “S” on the palm of his hand and simply enlighten it on the learners when they made a 3rd person underpants. This had the effect of drawing their attention to the error without breaking the flow of what they were saying. And they are certainly useful in teaching students about subjects and verbs. For some of the best ideas, be sure to check this out: Thanks for this contribution. It is very useful to know why one of my Chinese students at a lower level does not get this field as easily as I would like! Your intervention has shown me that this field (or every grammatical field) is sometimes easier than we teachers think! In this case, you dictate to the students a few sentences with different subjects and verbs.
In addition to the verification, it also helps students to have spelling, punctuation and hearing skills. Then check the sentences together as a class. That`s why I often like to expose this theme using a few calling techniques. Start with the theme, then deal confused, which is the right verb! Students will love to tell you what it is.