Classroom English: Does It Pay to Go Along with the Crowd?
Okay, this article is perhaps a bit foolish. But perhaps something can be learned from my experience.
The setting: 6th grade. The subject: English. The occupation: verb declension.
Now currently, some would claim I have a firm grasp on the English language. If I traveled to a "foreign land", I would probably be one of the better English teachers available.
But we're talking 6th grade here. I stank at verb declension.
I was to decline a verb. Two other students came up before me. Here's how it went...
Teacher: To SWIM... Student 1: SWIM, SWAM, SWUM
Teacher: To DRINK... Student 2: DRINK, DRANK, DRUNK
Clever Vince, you know how to interpret this! The three forms involve an I, then an A, then a U! Simple.
Teacher: To DIG... Vince: DIG, DAG, DUG
Hm. The man once dag a hole. Hm.
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