ESO2/3/4 Irregular verbs made easy. Mnemotechnics. +Note for teachers.

by Humberto Burcet

Here you have a fun way for studying our beloved irregular verbs. LEARNING TO LEARN: Grouping by categories can help you identify verbs faster and easier. Now, why don't you try inventing a story using all the verbs in each category? For example...

I thought he taught karate because he brought the kimono he bought when he caught the bus.

ESO2 try with the simple past (2nd 'column')
ESO3 with the present perfect (HAS/HAVE + 3rd 'column')
ESO4 with the past perfect (HAD + 3rd 'column')

Don't forget there are more types and combinations! E.g. come/came/come, give/gave/given, and we can guess the form of compound verbs like become/became/become or forgive/forgave/forgiven.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS: I have used the mind map tool provided by which also offers other resources like quizzes/tests, flashcards, etc. I took this link, as a base for the mind map one provided. Many thanks! Merci :)



lip dub _ SES Badalona from amb E on Vimeo.
Once you have finished reading the comics, watching the videos and checking the links is time to read the posts on Facebook and Tweeter because there is a clue for one of the 12 questions you will be asked in the final contest (worth 50% of the points!). 

This done, is time for you to be creative! Each group of 10 has to create a blog and feed it with your progress as far as your projects are concerned. Remember that the general topic is the European Union, and the specific one for 2014 is the European Election on May and their campaign "Act. React. Impact".

BLOG: Two members of the team will be in charge of creating the blog. Choose a design, a name (you can use your Team's name), and write your first entry: an introduction to your team members, your school, and your motivations. Include a picture and describe what you have done so far! "We decided our name... We read the comic and played the characters... We watched the videos and discussed the links...". For the blog: Check the blogs made by your 4th ESO colleagues in 2013 here and their campaigns: Swaggers,
These instructions can help you. We will divide the timing in three phases, like in a real campaign: pre-production, production and post-production.


Firstly, the team has to do a brainstorming of ideas: WHAT topic you are going to deal with, and WHY the aspect you have chosen is important to promote. You can find your inspiration in the comic/videos/links mentioned before.

Secondly, you have to decide HOW you are going to do it. Here you have some ideas: posters, videos, short film, comics, radio programs, survey, stopmotion animation, musical show, lipdub... for example, look at this lipdub on the right... can you organize something like this?:

Thirdly, yo have to plan WHEN and WHERE are you going to do it. This is a matter of organization. It is also important to know WHO is going to do what: director, actor, writer, camera, designer... And if you want to get the help of other people or organizations. Check this:

This is when you actually shoot, record, cut, draw, play, write, or direct what you have planned. Remember to include your progress in your blog.

This is when you show your output to the world. Apart from your blog you can post in in the school''s blog, La Rotllana, the local media (TV, radio, press...), social networks, etc. Think BIG!

Good luck!

Here you have what the winners did last year. And also some more inspiration!

Celebration of Europe's Day (9 May) at school:

Get inspired:;;

25 Useful Brainstorming Techniques


ESO2: Means of transport

How do you get to places? Check this vocabulary and try the execrcises and games!

Watch this video. It's a children's song about transports, can you spot them?

Match with the colours:

-A yellow... SCHOOL BUS
-A (bright) red...
-A (shiny) pink...
-A (long) blue...
-A (little) green...
-A (big) white...
-A (fast) orange ...
-Two purple ...

What is the opposite of the adjectives in brackets?
Are these means of transport QUIET or NOISY?

Finally, can you identify the ones in the picture? Which is the fastest? And the longest?


ALL: Women's Day

Did you know that...
Women's suffrage in New Zealand was an important political issue in the late 19th century. Of countries presently independent, New Zealand was the first to give women the vote in modern times(*).

We celebrate Women's Day around the world at school. Here you have a webquest related to this topic to learn more about it: when and where could vote before the 20th century, or where they can't vote yet in the 21st century! Be curious, reflect, think critically, react and... Enjoy!

*For more info on women's suffrage in NZ visit visit:'s_suffrage_in_New_Zealand

EXTRA: SONG: Fill in the gaps exercise "Man, I Feel Like A Woman!" by Shania Twain: