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Phrasal verbs

An introductory article on phrasal verbs, with lesson plans suitable for a variety of language levels.

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  • Phrasal verbs: Introduction

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    How should you approach teaching phrasal verbs? Lindsay Clandfield explains what phrasal verbs are and gives some practical teaching advice.

  • Phrasal verbs: Hurry up! It's time for class!

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: General lesson plan

    Who says phrasal verbs are only for intermediate level students and up? This lesson is for elementary or false beginners to introduce some common phrasal verbs. It can also be used with higher levels who are suffering from 'phrasal verb anxiety' and need to be reminded that it is not that difficult.

  • Phrasal verbs: Teaching phrasal verbs using equivalents and definitions

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Many phrasal verbs can be said another way, and many learners of English tend to favour the non-phrasal verb equivalent. This often makes them sound formal. This lesson for intermediate-level students helps students learn – and practise – some phrasal verbs common in spoken English.

  • Phrasal verbs: Teaching phrasal verbs using a literary text

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Using authentic texts can be a motivating way to teach phrasal verbs. This lesson plan presents eight new phrasal verbs using a literary text as a starting point. The learners deduce the meaning of the phrasal verbs from their context, and then write a follow up story using more new phrasal verbs.

  • Phrasal verbs: Teaching phrasal verbs using an oral text

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan

    This lesson combines teaching phrasal verbs as a thematic set with teaching phrasal verbs using a text. Students listen to an oral text on morning routines, and use the original text to write their own morning routine.

  • Phrasal verbs: I'm going to let you in on a little secret

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan

    Another way of teaching phrasal verbs is by teaching a thematic 'set' of phrasal verbs. This lesson presents a set of nine phrasal verbs, all connected to the theme of giving and obtaining information. There is a recognition based activity, followed by a speaking activity to incorporate the phrasal verbs into use.

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