Teaching Tip - Troublesome Phrasal Verbs...

Do your 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 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 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!

By Michelle Simmons