In my beginning class today, we did the Anne Matava story about a girl who doesn’t do whatever she is asked, questioning what will happen if she doesn’t.
I forgot to use the third structure, which was “You won’t be allowed to…” but it was okay. We had a story going about Sponge Bob and Mr. Crabs and Patrick (of course) that ended up using subjunctive and two irregular present-tense forms of three irregular verbs. Not one of the kids was upset that the verbs didn’t follow normal patterns. I had to stop for a moment and tell them that it is highly unusual that first-year kids can understand these forms, let alone try to use them in a story.
Then a second-year kid came in after school to make up a quiz. He was reading along and kept stumbling over the past-tense forms of verbs, but then slowly started getting them, saying the correct present-tense form of the verb each time he would hit a past-tense form. I thought it was pretty awesome that a weak reader (in English) could switch tenses on the fly in Russian as he read the Russian and translated it into English.
These are the reasons I love using TPRS. Kids actually acquire language. In the meantime, we’re doing our version of March Madness (Tournament of Awesomeness), and we’re cooking along there too.
Over on Yahoo, Bryce is talking about PAT activities, and just in case you need some fun, here’s the link to all the posts he’s done on PAT games. Evidently he’s going to be doing a piece on PAT activities at NTPRS. I hope that it’s at a time I can attend, but if not, maybe one of you can take notes for me.