Verb Counter

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2 thoughts on “Verb Counter”

  1. Ben, I’m stoked to get this list. I’m wondering where you got it and if you know the relative frequency or order of these verbs, i.e. #1 most frequent: etre, #2 avoir, etc.

  2. I just got it off the internet. I typed in “200 most common French verbs”. I took 125 and that is already too many for two years to teach for acquisition. But at least with this verb counter kid, if they are accurate in their accounting, I can get a general snapshot at any moment of what verbs the kids can be said to have acquired.

    Since the process we use is so driven by verbs, it seems like a good idea. I would rather start with a list like this and then keep track of the verbs that we have done in that way instead of having a big ass list of verbs in front of me, like a mountain, and then nervously trying to teach each one for acquistion.

    I don’t care about the frequency part. I know I ‘m supposed to, but that also makes me nervous. Like, “Oh shit, it’s March and I haven’t taught that verb yet and it might be on the summative assessment in May. Oh crap, what do I do?”

    That sucks. I would rather celebrate what we’ve done rather than stress about what we haven’t done.

    By the way, Erik, I speak for more than myself when I share here that you are pretty much a kickass CI teacher. Your style, your sense of humor, your pacing, it’s all really fantastic. Your French is clear and perfect and you got it all going on. I celebrate that, and we are glad you did that work in our Wed. nite break out session in LV. Thanks!

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