Regan McNeill
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Lesson, Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
7, 8, 9, 10
  • Adverbs
  • ESL
  • Intermediate Level
  • Intransitive
  • Lesson
  • Non-separable
  • Off2Class
  • Prepositions
  • Separable
  • Students
  • Transitive
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    Phrasal Verbs – An Introductory Lesson For Your ESL Class

    Phrasal Verbs – An Introductory Lesson For Your ESL Class


    This lesson plan is an introduction to phrasal verbs, with a focus on transitive phrasal verbs. Even though it is an introductory lesson plan, it is designed for your intermediate-level students because a strong understanding of advanced verb tenses is recommended. It begins by identifying multi-word verbs and then moves on to introduce phrasal verbs like to call upto jot down, and to pick out, among others. Students will then move on to other exercises such as gap-fill and sentence-matching activities to practice.

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    A phrasal verb is a combination of two or three words including a base verb. The whole phrase acts as a verb that is different from the base verb used. For example, to pick is different from to pick up or to pick out. As well, many phrasal verbs use the same base verb with different adverbs and prepositions, creating phrasal verbs with entirely different meanings. To complicate things further, there are different categories of phrasal verbs: transitive, intransitive, separable and non-separable. Even though phrasal verbs are often confusing for new English learners, they can still be fun to teach and learn.

    The English language is full of phrasal verbs and English speakers use them constantly. They are often dreaded by students but there are ways to learn them without the hassle and even a little fun. Therefore, Off2Class has created this handy introductory lesson plan that you can use with your intermediate-level ESL students.

    Download the lesson plan here: