ITALIAN ARE VERBS CONJUGATION THREE TENSES

ITALIAN GRAMMAR CONJUGATION PRACTICE - ITALIAN -ARE VERBS - 3 ‘QUICK CONJUGATION’ WORKBOOKS FOCUSING ON -ARE VERBS IN THE PRESENT, PERFECT AND IMPERFECT TENSES

I create a lot of these kinds of ‘quick conjugation’ workbooks for my students - they find them really useful for practicing and revising their conjugation skills. They tend to prefer learning independently, and workbooks do allow them to do that. The workbooks focus on 25 high-frequency regular and irregular verbs Italian -ARE verbs in three tenses: present (presente), perfect (passato prossimo) and imperfect (imperfetto). Each workbook has three differentiated ‘quick conjugation’ challenges, with 50 conjugation questions for each challenge, so 150 conjugations in individual workbooks, and 450 in total. We use the workbooks in lots of different ways, not only when we’re looking at this verb group and these tenses in particular - I have folders ready so that my students can select particular aspects of language and grammar that they feel they’d like to do a little extra work on. They’re great for practice, revision, holiday and home learning, refresher activities and also for sub lessons.

The answer keys have six pages, and are also in workbook format. For me, answer keys are an integral element of the learning process with this kind of activity - they certainly help students develop more independence in their learning (and they do enjoy correcting their own and particularly each others’ work!), and they give students further opportunity to engage with the learning focus.

Each workbook is structured as follows:

  • Two alphabetical verb reference lists: Italian-English and English-Italian

  • Three conjugation challenges, each with 50 individual conjugations:

Conjugation Challenge 1: each verb is conjugated across a range of pronouns, and students write the corresponding English verb conjugation.

Conjugation Challenge 2: with this challenge, students are given the infinitive of each verb in Italian, with a particular the target pronoun. They then write the corresponding verb conjugation.

Conjugation Challenge 3: There’s an English prompt, and students write the corresponding Italian verb conjugation, and its infinitive form.

We use the Notes and Next Steps template regularly - it stimulates discussion and reflection not only on the verbs and conjugations students feel confident about, but also how they think their general skills in Italian might be developing through the activity - and equally importantly, what they can reasonably do to keep improving. We also use this to guide and inform whole-group discussion about learning and progress in general, which is also a really useful activity.

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