Past Tense Question -1

Here is a grammar question from Angie:

Hi, Ben!

I had my first full day of classes on Friday and it went well.  I’m wondering about how to explain the difference between preterite and imperfect past tense verbs in pop-up grammar language, and any advice on using past tense in storytelling.  I know about throwing the verb behind me as I say it, and using the language naturally.  I’m not sure how to address the 2 different forms. Any advice is welcome.





2 thoughts on “Past Tense Question -1”

  1. My answer to this is simple. Don’t explain it. Wait until the reading. At that time they will notice spelling changes. Then you can do pop up grammar. The way Susie explains it is “Oh, when it’s like that it means it was an event.” or “Oh, do you see that ‘ait’ on the verb there? It means it is a non-event.” And then she goes on with the whole grammar explanation having required only four seconds or less. Plus in the reading they learn the difference when they do the translation. Mentioning the names of the tenses has zero value. They don’t care. But doing any kind of explanation of verb tenses during a story is just not necessary. The kids don’t care and the ones that do can be told to wait for the reading class for their explanation. Don’t interrupt the flow of the narrative unless you need to bail.

  2. You can just tell them what it means Angie. Fue=he went. Iba=He was going/used to go. That is all they will need. :o) Glad to hear the day went well!!

    with love,

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