resource is presented as a set of cards designed to practice and use the
most commonly used verbs, both regular and irregular. The cards are topic
base and cover 16 different subjects, from weather to preferences; from
illness to house chores.
The idea is quite innovative: each topic consists of two cards, one of
which has cut-out windows to hide/select/ check the verbs. The card on
which the verbs were written out in red, in particular, won praise from
pupils as hiding the answers with a special red card added a “magical
touch” enjoyed by all.
Despite those positive aspects, the general consensus over the quality of
this material was not very satisfactory.
First of all, pupils were very put off by the very babyish (and badly
drawn) pictures of frogs to illustrate the situations.
The design, as for it, was felt rather impractical. Having to fiddle with
A4 cards implies working on tables, which, to pupils, defeated the purpose
of a “fun speaking activity”.
Finally, the actual practicality of using this material in a class felt
difficult: to make the most of it, each child would require a set of
cards, which would prove totally unrealistic in financial terms.
The resource was therefore not felt a good one to invest in, in a time
when fun, motivating and high quality digital interactive verb revision
materials can be found for free on the web.