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FREE ESL Lesson Plan- Phrasal Verbs

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Topic: Phrasal Verbs

Level: Intermediate

Age: Teenagers

Length: 45 minutes

TESOL Methodology: Eclectic Approach, Total Physical Response, cloze passage, small group work (brainstorm/worksheet), role play

Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

Lesson Objectives: To recognize, demonstrate and use in a sentence seven phrasal verbs

Resources: One list of the phrasal verbs used in Task 1 per student as well as each phrasal verb on a separate piece of paper; one copy per student of the close passage used in Task 2; one copy per student of the worksheet used in task 3.

Pretask (optional):
Play a game of ‘Simon Says’

Teaching 1: Give each student one strip of paper with a statement containing a phrasal verb from the list below written on it. Each student will also be given a copy of all of the phrasal verbs on the list. The teacher is to say the phrasal verb.

Task 1: The students are to listen to the teacher say the phrasal verb. When they hear the teacher say the phrasal verb they have on their slip of paper, the student is to get up and put it into action. The remaining students will copy this movement and then mark the phrasal verb off on the list. This is continued until all students have acted out their phrasal verb.

List of phrasal verbs
Take out your pencil.
Get out your books.
Make up a sentence in your book.
Put down your pencil.
Take out your novel to the table and turn to page 72.
Turn over your book and put up your hand.

Teaching 2: Hand out the following cloze passage to the students. Explain that the phrasal verbs they are to choose from are the same as those they just came across in the first activity.

Task 2: Students are to complete the following cloze passage.

Phrasal Verbs Cloze Passage

On the weekend you decide to bake a cake. Before you begin you ask your mum for some advice. This is what she says:

Now dear, before you make a cake there are a few things you should do. Firstly, you must ____________ your hair so that it does not fall in your face or in the cake mixture. You must make sure you ______________ your mobile phone or anything else that may be distracting you as your full attention must be given to making your cake. ___________all of your ingredients before you begin cooking. You should also ___________ your utensils and __________ the correct page in your recipe book so that you have everything ready before you begin. _________the page of the recipe book to see if there are any other instructions on the next page. ________the cake mixture exactly as it says in the recipe. Good luck.

Place the following phrasal verbs in the correct spaces above:

make up
put up
turn to
get out
turn over
put down
take out

Once you have completed the cloze passage, write down the meaning of each phrasal verb as it is used in the passage.

make up ___________________________________________________________
put up ___________________________________________________________
turn to ___________________________________________________________
get out ___________________________________________________________
turn over ___________________________________________________________
put down ___________________________________________________________
take out ___________________________________________________________

Teaching 3: The teacher will divide students into small groups of 3-4. The teacher is to hand out the worksheet titled ‘Phrasal Verbs’ (see below).

Task 3: In their groups, students are to brainstorm to come up with as many phrasal verbs using each of the verbs as possible, providing meanings and examples for each.
The students are to take notes while the teacher writes the phrasal verbs down that each group provides. The teacher should give two examples of the phrasal verb used in a sentence so that the students can hear it used in context. After the teacher gives the examples, the students are to read out their own examples and check to make sure that they have used the phrasal verbs correctly. The class are to suggest the meanings of each.

Phrasal Verbs
Instructions: In your groups and using the verbs from the list of verbs provided, attempt to come up with as many phrasal verbs as you can. You are to write down the meaning of each phrasal verb as well as providing an example for each.

List of verbs: •Take •Get •Make •Put •Turn
Phrasal Verbs                      Meaning                      Example

Follow-up: Students are to stay in their groups. One student becomes the teacher and the others act as the students. The student playing the teacher will talk the students through a task using the phrasal verbs at least once each.
During this time different scenarios can be used.


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