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Incorporating ESL Phrasal Verbs Into ESL Classes

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 199

For students learning English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL), understanding phrasal verbs (also known as "multi-word verbs" or just "phrasals") can be among the most challenging aspects of the language learning process. There are a number of reasons for this.

For one, because phrasals are usually just combinations of simple words, students will assume that they are easy to learn and use correctly. This is simply not true, especially because the meanings of these multi-word verbs are often counter-intuitive, and because a single one can have multiple meanings, depending on the context. Take the phrasal verb "make up", for example. In one context, this can mean "to fabricate", as in the example, "I made up a lie when my mother asked me where I was." In another context, however, "make up" can mean "to do something that was missed before", such as in the example, "I was sick yesterday, so I had to make up a class today."

Another reason why these kinds of verbs can be so hard to learn is that there are just so many of them. Combining verbs with particles results in an exponential growth of possible phrases with different possible meanings, so students must spend a great deal of time learning, practicing, and using these multi-word verbs if they are to learn to use them like a native speaker.

To further complicate matters, phrasals can be either separable or non-separable. In other words, with separable phrasal it is possible to put the object of the verb in the middle ("make a story up"), but with non-separable ones the object must come afterwards (you can "run into a wall" but you cannot "run a wall into"). This is especially frustrating given the fact that there is no simple rule for discerning when one of these verbs is separable and when it is non-separable. This means--you guessed it--more practice, practice, practice!

As with normal vocabulary lessons, phrasal verb lessons require students to spend a great deal of time memorizing phrases and gaining familiarity with how they are used in different contexts. Indeed, this is a time-consuming, often infuriating process, but taking the time to learn phrasal verbs can do wonders for an ESL student's fluency.

Teachers can aid in this process by regularly using phrasal verbs as part of the regular speech and conversation in class. After certain phrasal verbs have been introduced to the students, the teacher may want to keep a list of these by his or her desk and attempt to incorporate them into class whenever possible.

It is also useful for teachers to bring in worksheets reviewing phrasal verbs and giving students a chance to practice coming up with different uses for them. Such simple steps can give students a level of fluency that their peers will marvel at and their parents will certainly appreciate!

Bringing ESL worksheets into class is a wonderful way to reinforce what is being taught, whether grammar, vocabulary, writing lessons, or phrasal verbs.

For several free and printable phrasal verbs worksheets, go here >> ESL Phrasal Verbs

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