Sunday, 22 October 2017

Phrasal Verbs - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets, Games and Lessons

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Acting out

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

Here is a fun miming game to help students review some commonly used phrasal verbs. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). A player from Team A comes to the front of the class and is given a mime card. The player reads out the introduction on the card, which tells the teams what information they are looking for, e.g. 'You are looking for a place and two phrasal verbs'. The player then performs the mime on the card. Team A has two minutes to guess the information they are looking for. If Team A does this successfully, they score two points. If Team A hasn't guessed successfully after two minutes, Team B can try to answer for one point. Afterwards, a student from Team B comes to the front of the class and so on. This continues with teams taking it in turns to mime until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As an alternative, students can play the game in competing pairs or small teams.

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Don't say it!

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students play a game where they describe and guess phrasal verbs. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to describe the phrasal verbs in bold on the worksheet to their partner, but they cannot use any of the words in italics or variations of the words in their descriptions. Their partner then tries to guess the phrasal verb being described. For each correct guess, students win a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Find someone who...

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions that contain phrasal verbs. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by reviewing the phrasal verbs on the worksheet and preparing the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then go around the class, asking each other the questions, e.g. 'Are you eating out tonight?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out and the meaning of each phrasal verb is reviewed.

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Phrasal Verbs with 'Get'

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this worksheet activity, students learn and practice phrasal verbs with 'get'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing sentences with prepositions to make phrasal verbs with 'get'. Following that, the students match the sentences from the first exercise with sentences that have similar meanings. Afterwards, the students are divided into pairs. The students then ask and answer questions with their partner to practice the phrasal verbs with 'get' from the worksheet.

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Phrasal verbs with take, go, come and get

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour

This adaptable lesson helps students to learn and practice phrasal verbs with take, go, come and get. The lesson also helps students to understand what phrasal verbs are and how to use them. Each student is given a copy of the lesson. The students begin by learning 16 phrasal verbs with take, go, come and get. The students complete sentences by choosing phrasal verbs and writing them into sentences in their correct form. To help them, there are words in brackets next to each sentence that describe the meaning of the phrasal verb. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. Working in pairs, students then take it in turns to test each other on the phrasal verbs by reading a sentence using the words in brackets instead of the phrasal verb. Their partner then tries to remember the correct phrasal verb. Next, students choose six of the phrasal verbs and use them in their own example sentences. The students then read each sentence to their partner, leaving the phrasal verb out for them to guess. After that, students think of other prepositions they can place after 'take', 'go', 'come' and 'get' to make phrasal verbs. Students write down the meaning of each phrasal verb and use it in a sentence. Finally, students compare their phrasal verbs and write down any they are unfamiliar with.

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Phrasal Verbs with 'Up'

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This enjoyable crossword activity helps students to practice phrasal verbs with 'up'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then write verbs in the sentences on the worksheet to make phrasal verbs with 'up' and complete a crossword with the missing verbs. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class and the meanings of the phrasal verbs are reviewed.

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Ring, Ring!

ESL EFL Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This challenging matching activity helps students to learn telephone phrasal verbs and common telephone expressions. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face up on the table. The students then use the cards to make seven sentences connected with telephone language. Each sentence consists of four cards and contains one or two telephone phrasal verbs. When the students find one of the sentences, they write it down on a piece of paper and discard the four cards. The first pair to complete all seven sentences correctly wins. Afterwards, the answers are checked and the meanings of the phrasal verbs are reviewed. As an extension, the pairs write and then act out a telephone dialogue using the phrasal verbs.

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Story Time

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 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 sentence and continues the story by adding a sentence containing 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 was said and then adding a sentence containing a phrasal verb to continue the story. Students are out of the game if they cannot think of a continuation to the story using a phrasal verb, forget what was said or take too long to answer. The last student left standing wins the game.

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The Get Report

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this intriguing discussion activity, students ask and answer questions containing phrasal verbs with 'get'. Groups then report back their findings to the class. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and ask the questions on the card to the group. Each group member then answers the questions in turn and the students discuss the topic. The student with the card writes down the group members' responses on the back of the card. When the topic has been fully discussed, the next student picks up a card and so on. When everyone has finished, the groups report back their answers for each question in turn.

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What's the phrasal verb?

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students share their knowledge of phrasal verbs they already know as well as learn new phrasal verbs from other students. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by writing 12 prepositions in the preposition column on the worksheet. Students then write a sentence using each preposition in a phrasal verb, leaving the verbs missing for another student to complete, e.g. 'I __________ on the lights when it gets dark'. 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. The students write the missing verbs in the verb column at the top of the worksheet. Afterwards, students hand the worksheet back to their classmate for marking. That person checks the student's work and gives feedback on any wrong answers.

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Change it

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging activity, students play a card game where they guess phrasal verbs from sentences that describe their meaning. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the top of the pile. The student then reads the first sentence on the card to their partner, signalling the words in bold with quotation marks. The words in bold in the sentence describe the phrasal verb. Their partner then reads the sentence back to the student, changing the words in bold to the phrasal verb. If their partner says the correct phrasal verb, he or she keeps the card. If not, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Copy me

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable game to help students practice 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. Each student is then given a copy of the worksheet. 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, i.e. 'something that might take time to get over'. The two players at the front then read out or show 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. This process is repeated until the worksheet is complete. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Getting to know you

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this rewarding class activity, students ask and answer questions containing phrasal verbs with 'get'. Each student is given a question slip. The student's task is to find out the information on their card by speaking to everyone in the class. After the phrasal verbs and questions have been reviewed, each student goes around the class asking their question and noting down the most common or interesting answers on the back of the slip. When everyone has finished, students report back to the class on what they found out.

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Phrasal Race

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this memorable teaching activity, students race to make phrasal verbs with a specific verb and write each phrasal verb in a sentence. The students are divided into teams of three and a verb is written on the board, e.g. take. The teams have five minutes to make phrasal verbs from the verb on the board and write each phrasal verb in a sentence, e.g. 'I had to take my shirt back to the clothes shop, because it was the wrong size'. When the time limit has been reached, the teams swap papers for marking. For each grammatically correct sentence that conveys the meaning of the phrasal verb, teams score one point. Several rounds are played using a different verb each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Phrasal Verbs at Work

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this Business English worksheet activity, students complete questions with phrasal verbs relating to work. Students then ask the questions to a partner and discuss the answers. The students are divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working together with someone from their group, students complete the phrasal verbs in the questions with the verbs from the box in their correct form. When the pairs have finished, the answers and meanings are checked with each pair. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions on the worksheet and discuss the answers. Afterwards, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

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Phrasal Verb Jeopardy

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a quiz game where they guess phrasal verbs from their definitions. The students are divided into four teams and a grid is drawn on the board with points at the top and verbs down the side. The students then 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 winning team gets to choose the next square. However, any team can try to guess the phrasal verb. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As a variation, when a student answers correctly, the winning team tries to make a sentence with the phrasal verb. If they do this successfully, the points for the square are doubled.

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Three-part Phrasal Verbs

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this productive worksheet activity, students think of three-part phrasal verbs and write questions with them. The students then ask and answer the questions with their classmates. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by replacing the underlined words in the questions on the worksheet with three-part phrasal verbs that have the same meaning. They do this by choosing one word from each box in order, e.g. 'Who do you look up to the most?' After the answers have been checked, the students are divided into pairs. Working with their partner, students use the words in the boxes to make 11 more three-part phrasal verbs and write a question for each one. When the students have finished, they ask their questions to three classmates. The students write each classmate's name at the top of one of the columns on the worksheet and put their answers underneath. Afterwards, the three-part phrasal verbs and their meanings are reviewed with the class. The students then report back and discuss their findings.

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Use Them Up

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a card game where they talk about various topics using phrasal verbs with 'up'. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of picture cards and phrasal verb with 'up' cards. The students shuffle the picture cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. The phrasal verb cards are shuffled and four cards are dealt to each student. The top picture card is turned over for everyone to see and the students look at the phrasal verb cards in their hand. The students then start talking about the topic on the picture card. The aim of the game is to be the first person to use all their phrasal verbs with 'up' in the conversation. When someone uses a phrasal verb appropriately, they put the card down on the desk. The first student to use all four phrasal verbs wins the round and keeps the picture card. The phrasal verb cards are then collected in, shuffled and re-dealt. The next picture card is turned over and the group plays again. This continues until there are no more picture cards left. The student with the most picture cards at the end of the game wins.

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