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Phrasal Verbs - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

Acting out

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this fun miming game, students review some commonly used phrasal verbs. The class is split into two teams (A and B). A student from Team A comes to the front of the class, picks a card and mimes the situation. Students from both teams then try to guess what is being mimed. The first student to guess correctly scores a point for their team. Then, a student from Team B performs a mime, and so on. The teams are told before each mime the information they need to look for and how many phrasal verbs are in the mime.

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Don't say it!

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students practice describing phrasal verbs. The class is divided into pairs. Students take it in turns to describe the phrasal verbs in bold on their worksheet to their partner, but they cannot use certain words in their descriptions. Their partner has to try to guess the phrasal verb. When everyone has completed the activity, some students present their descriptions to the class.

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Find Someone Who...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This dynamic activity teaches students how to ask and answer questions that incorporate phrasal verbs. Students go round the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet. Whenever an individual finds another student that answers yes to their question, they write down their name and then ask follow-up questions.

Find Someone Who...PDF

 ESL Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate -  45 Minutes

This adaptable lesson helps you to teach your students about phrasal verbs. The lesson also helps students to understand what phrasal verbs are and how to use them. To begin, the students match phrasal verbs with their meanings. Students then choose four verbs and think of a preposition that they could place after each verb in order to create a phrasal verb. Students write down what each phrasal verb means and create a sentence using the phrasal verb. The students compare their answers and write down any phrasal verbs they are unfamiliar with.

Phrasal Verbs.PDF

 

Phrasal Verb Exercises

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate -  45 Minutes

Here is a useful link to a set of writing exercises that help you to teach your students some common phrasal verbs. The handout contains various writing exercises such as matching exercises and gap-fills to help students master some of the most frequent phrasal verbs.

Phrasal Verb Exercises.PDF

 

Phrasal Verbs Lesson

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate -  40 Minutes

This comprehensive lesson teaches students 16 phrasal verbs. The phrasal verbs begin with get, go, come and take. The students start by completing 16 sentences with phrasal verbs in their correct form. To help them there is a verb in brackets next to each sentence that describes the meaning of the phrasal verb. After that, the students work in pairs. They test each other on the phrasal verbs in Exercise 1. They do this by saying a sentence using the verb in brackets instead of the phrasal verb. Their partner tries to give the correct phrasal verb. Students then choose six of the phrasal verbs and use them in their own sentences. Finally, students pair up again. They read each sentence to their partner but leave out the phrasal verb. Their partner then tries to guess the missing phrasal verb.

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Phrasal Verbs with 'Get'

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet is ideal for teaching your students about phrasal verbs with 'get'. The students start by completing a gap-fill exercise. Students complete each sentence with a preposition. Following that, the students match the sentences using phrasal verbs with sentences that have similar meanings. Finally, the class is split into pairs. They ask and answer questions using the various phrasal verbs they learned in the worksheet.

Phrasal Verbs with Get.PDF   

 

Phrasal Verbs with 'Up'

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate -  30 Minutes

This crossword activity teaches students phrasal verbs that have the preposition 'up'. Students complete a crossword by writing phrasal verbs into sentences. All the phrasal verbs have the preposition 'up'. An answer key is provided.

Phrasal Verbs with Up.PDF

 

Story Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This amusing chain game can be used to practice phrasal verbs. The students sit together in a circle. The teacher begins a story by saying a sentence that includes a phrasal verb, e.g. I walked down the street. The first student repeats the teacher’s sentence and continues the story by adding another sentence that includes a phrasal verb, e.g. I walked down the street and went into the corner shop. The game continues with each student in turn trying to remember what the last student said and then adding something new to the story. Students receive a minus point if they cannot think of a continuation to the story using a phrasal verb, make a memory mistake or if they take too long to answer. The student with the least number of minus points at the end is the winner.

Story Time.PDF

The Get Report

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this interesting group activity, students ask and answer questions using collocations and phrasal verbs with 'get'. The class is divided into large groups. Each group member is given a question card and a piece of paper. Students then survey their group, asking the other group members their questions. Students write down their classmates' responses on the paper. When they have finished, students report back to the class with an overview of their group's answers.

The Get Report.PDF

 

What's the Phrasal Verb?

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This intriguing writing activity is useful for teaching or revising phrasal verbs. Students share their knowledge of the phrasal verbs they already know as well as learn new phrasal verbs from other students. First, students write 12 prepositions. Following that, the students write a sentence for each preposition using the preposition in a phrasal verb. However, instead of writing the verbs in the sentences, the students leave them out. The worksheets are then redistributed. So each student has someone else's worksheet. The students read each sentence on their classmate's worksheet and try to guess the missing verb.

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Copy Me

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable game that helps students understand the meaning of various phrasal verbs and idioms. The class is divided into two teams. Each team nominates someone from their group to be the first player. The two players go to the front of the class and sit facing their teams. Everyone in the class then answers the first question on their worksheet. The question contains either a phrasal verb or an idiom. When everyone has finished writing, the teacher reads out the first question. The two players at the front then read out their answers followed by the team members. Teams score one point for each answer that matches their player's answer. The players then swap with someone from their team and the process is repeated, and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Copy Me.PDF

 

Getting to Know You

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this class activity, students revise different meanings for phrasal verbs with 'get' by asking and answering questions. This activity contains a variety of phrasal verbs using 'get' that students may be unfamiliar with. Each student is given a question using get in a phrasal verb. Students then survey the class by asking everyone their question. Each student makes a note of the most common or interesting answers. When everyone has finished, each student reports back to the class with an overview of the class's habits and gives feedback on any interesting findings.

Getting to Know You.PDF

  

Phrasal Race

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this memorable teaching activity, students write sentences with phrasal verbs. The class is divided into small teams. The teacher writes a verb on the board. In their teams, students have five minutes to write as many sentences as they can, using the chosen verb as a phrasal verb. After five minutes, the teacher asks each team for their sentences. For each sentence where the meaning of the phrasal verb is conveyed correctly, a point is awarded. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Phrasal Race.PDF

 

Phrasal Verbs at Work

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this Business English activity, students complete work-related questions with phrasal verbs. Students then interview a partner and have a discussion based on their answers. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Students pair up with someone from their group and together they complete the phrasal verbs in the questions. After the answers have been checked, students pair up with someone from the other group. They ask their new partner the questions on their worksheet and then have a discussion based on their answers. When the students have finished, individuals report some of their partner's most interesting answers to the class.

Phrasal Verbs at Work.PDF

 

Phrasal Verb Jeopardy

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate -  40 Minutes

This delightful quiz game is perfect for teaching or revising phrasal verbs. A grid is drawn on the board with points at the top and verbs down the side. The students play a quiz game by guessing phrasal verbs from their definitions. The first student to raise their hand and give the correct phrasal verb wins that square for their team and the amount of points in the square. The team with the most points at the end is the winner. As an extension, when a student answers correctly, the team makes a sentence using the phrasal verb. If it is correct, they receive double points for the square.

Phrasal Verb Jeopardy.PDF

 

Phrasal Verb Meanings

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is a fun card game to help students understand the meanings of some common phrasal verbs. The class is divided into pairs and given a set of folded cards. Students take it in turns to play. The first student takes the top card and reads the sentence that is facing up. If the first student reads the phrasal verb, their partner has to describe what it means. If the first student reads the meaning, their partner has to give the phrasal verb. The other student then tries to say what is on the other side of the card. If they are right, they keep the card. The game continues until all of the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Phrasal Verb Meanings.PDF

 

Phrasal Verbs with 'Get'

ESL EFL Lesson - Intermediate -  1 Hour +

Here is an excellent lesson from the British Council. This lesson teaches students the meaning of ten phrasal verbs with 'get'. Students begin by reading a dialogue. This dialogue introduces the ten phrasal verbs. Students focus on the context of the dialogue and complete vocabulary and matching exercises to check their understanding of the phrasal verbs. Students then prepare a written conversation using the original dialogue as a model. Finally, the students play a card game. The card game gives them extended practice at using the phrasal verbs.

Phrasal Verbs with Get - Teacher's Notes.PDF

Phrasal Verbs with Get - Worksheets.PDF

 

Use Them Up

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate -  35 Minutes

In this challenging speaking activity, students practice using phrasal verbs with 'up'. The class is divided into small groups and each group is given a set of topic cards and phrasal verb cards. The topic cards are placed face down in a pile. The phrasal verb cards are shuffled and three cards are dealt out to each player. The first topic card is turned over and the group starts talking about the topic in general. The goal is for each student to use the phrasal verbs on their cards in the context of that topic. When someone uses a phrasal verb appropriately, they put the card down on the table. The student who uses all three of their phrasal verbs first wins the round and keeps the topic card. Then, the next topic card is turned over and so on. The winner of the game is the student with the most topic cards at the end.

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