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December 23, 2005

Tips & Tricks - Troublesome Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal, Shmasal. Is this the reaction you get when you try to teach verb usage?

Hi all,

I've mentioned this probem on this forum once before but since I got such little feedback on it, I thought I'd bring it up for review once again.

Do your ESL students have a difficult time grasping the concept of phrasal verbs? If so, here’s a great exercise to get them past that “mind block.” I have found that my ESL students hate the idea when I propose it, but are always thankful afterwards because they finally “get it!” . . .

. . . Take enough English dictionaries to class so that every ESL student will have one. (Many times they have their own, and you can just ask them to bring it to class.) Now, assign each one of them a verb that has many verb phrases, such as “make” or “take.” Then ask each student to write a short story using ten of those phrasal verbs. You will probably hear a lot of groans, but they will be thanking you profusely after class!

Do you have any great tips for the ESL classroom? If so, why not send them to me using the comment field below? I just may decide to share it on this blog!

Peace on Earth and Merry everything this wonderful winter season,


Posted by msimmons at December 23, 2005 10:02 PM

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