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Fun with Phrasal Verbs



AGE/ LEVEL: teenagers, intermediate

AIMS: to practise using phrasal verbs

SKILL FOCUS: vocabulary and speaking

TIME: 45 minutes


MATERIALS: 20 cards with phrasal verbs and 20 cards with their synonyms (for each group) (see samples in Worksheet 1).

CLASS INTERACTION: groups of 3/4 players 

1. Lead-in 

Ask the students:

  1. When do you usually get up?
  2. How often do you eat out?
  3. How long have you been going out with your boyfriend/girlfriend?
  4. Where can you look up somebody’s telephone number?

 2. Teacher gives explanation:

Phrasal verbs are verbs followed by a preposition or an adverb. There are very many phrasal verbs in the English language and they are used in everyday speech and writing. There are two problems with phrasal verbs. The first is that there is no way of telling what they mean just by looking at the individual words. The meaning of ‘put off’ may have nothing to do with ‘put’ and nothing to do with ‘off’. The other problem with phrasal verbs is that one phrasal verb may have several meanings and it’s only by looking at the context that we can tell which meaning it has in any situation.

 3. Students do the exercises Phrasal verbs:

 4. Follow-up: Divide the class into groups of three or four students. Use 20 cards with phrasal verbs and 20 cards with their synonyms written on one side (see Worksheet 1). Shuffle the cards. The players have to match the phrasal verb with its synonym and then to write an appropriate sentence containing that phrasal verb. A correct match of the cards earns one point and a correct sentence earns two points.

Phrasal verbs_Worksheet 1 and Phrasal verbs_Worksheet 2


About ljiljana havran

English language teacher (General & Aviation English), passionate about learning and teaching. Curious, adventurous, a lifelong learner. Love: good books, music, lots of dance.

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