Verbathon® is an educational resource that makes learning grammar fun, effective and engaging.

Through a series of sports-style events students learn to conjugate verbs, construct sentences and apply it to oral and written work.

It’s even become a national tournament!

Each edition of Verbathon® comes with a comprehensive teacher’s guide, set of cards and a custom wall chart and is being used by elementary teachers and beyond.
Now available in 3 versions …


2024 National Verbathon Tournament

Participate in the 2024 National Tournament

2019 Final Results

The final results of the VERBATHON® National Biennial Tournament

2019 Tournament Highlights Video

What is Verbathon® and how does it teach grammar?

Here is why Verbathon is so incredibly successful

  • Students Love to Play

    Verbathon works because students at any age love to play games. Research shows playing games has a huge impact on learning.

  • Verbathon Includes Activities

    Verbathon includes a series of activities like a race-against-the-clock game in which students learn to conjugate verbs quickly and accurately.

  • Framework & Instructions

    Verbathon provides the framework and instructions for holding fun classroom grammar games and the platform for a National tournament held every two years.

  • Local & National Competitions

    Students get excited about playing Verbathon® with their peers! They can compete locally and nationally to win bronze, silver and gold medals.

  • J’adore ce jeu!!!

    À chaque concours du Verbathon, il permet à des élèves faibles de faire fureur et d'exceller!!! Le sourire et la fierté sur leurs visages vaux un million.

    Paule Mondor Enseignante (Colombie-Britannique)
  • Verbathon - Secret Sauce

    Verbathon is like the secret ingredient or sauce to a great French classroom. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have it.

    Kelly Murray Teacher, Ontario
  • Changing Attitudes & Behavior

    When other French teachers mention that they have a tough behavioral class…I immediately mention Verbathon. My favorite success story is about a little boy who gave so much attitude and behavior that he would destroy my classroom. Closer to the end of the year…he tried Verbathon for the first time and got the fastest time in the class.

    Kelly Murray Teacher, Ontario
  • Most Successful Teaching Tool

    Verbathon has been one of the most successful teaching tools I've ever used. The other day we were practicing Verbathon and I told the class that we need to take a bit of a break to work on some other work and a student yelled out..." That sucks! Can't we just do verbs all day?" I just about died laughing. How often do you hear that in a core French classroom?

    Kelly Murray Teacher, Ontario
  • RÉQUEST- Cela s'est avéré être un outil très pratique.

    Pour ce qui est de RÉQUEST, je faisais un thème sur les 5 sens avec une classe combinée de 5/6. Cela s'est avéré être un outil très pratique. Les enfants ont fait leurs propres questions et ils ne voulaient plus arrêter de jouer. J'en suis venue à voir des possibilités multiples de jouer à RÉQUEST.

    Graziella Forbes enseignante du Québec
  • Students Study Verbs

    (My child) has displayed an excitement about going to school this year. He looked forward to many of the events and challenges that you had given the class. It is very encouraging for parents to see their child(ren) looking forward to class and being interested in the outcome of their latest challenge. The latest example of this was the VERBATHON your class held.

    Parent of a French Immersion Student
  • L'atelier était formidable!

    Ce jeu (Verbathon) est un atout pour chaque classe de français langue seconde ou d'immersion. L'atelier était formidable! Emmanuel Escueta a créé un jeu extraordinaire pour maîtriser les verbes de façon amusante. L'atelier était vivant, intéressant, stimulant et drôle. Bravo!

    Graziella Forbes Enseignante (Kangiqsualujjuaq, Québec)
  • Principal's Viewpoint

    I would walk the hallways during the day and students are totally engaged practicing for the school tournament......all are having a great deal of fun and, of course, learning!!

    Derek Passaglia Principal

Award Winning Developer

Mr. Emmanuel Escueta, the developer of Verbathon, was awarded the Prime Minster’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

Mr. Emmanuel Escueta is a French Immersion Teacher in the Coquitlam School District in British Columbia, Canada. He started his career in Manitoba in 1989 first as an FSL (French as a Second Language) then as an Immersion teacher. Emmanuel moved to BC in 1996. He completed his Masters degree on Educational Leadership at SFU in July of 2013.

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