Phrasal Verbs: Round 3!

I decided to offer a complete set of activities on phrasal verbs this week. With the following activity, you now have the choice of focusing on intransitive, inseparable, and/or separable phrasal verbs. Of course, I do not recommend tackling all three activities in one week. 60 phrasal verbs would overwhelm most learners. I do think that advanced students who are already familiar with the structure and use of phrasal verbs could handle a robust review, though. If combined with other forms of practice (I’d suggest conversation and writing for self-expression), each of my activities would work well within a weekly lesson plan.

Phrasal Verb Dominoes 2: An activity for separable phrasal verbs.

See Separable phrasal verbs_handout.

Step 1 – Hand out Quiz 1. Have students complete the quiz solo. Then ask them to pair up to compare their answers. Finally, correct the quiz as a class. [Definitions based on the Longman Dictionary of American English.]

Step 2 – Copy enough sets of dominoes for students to play in groups of 4 (5 is also possible).  Cut horizontally to create 20 slips of paper. Hand each group a set. Shuffle the “dominoes” (slips of paper) and distribute evenly. Note: This game must be played around a flat surface (either a small table or a few desks pushed together to create a central area).

Step 3 – Playing the game: The student with the first birthday in a calendar year will start by placing any domino in the center of the table. Moving clockwise, each student will have a chance to make a match. Matches are made when a sentence opener (one right side of “domino”) can be placed alongside a particle (one left side of “domino”). Two dominoes can be placed to make a horizontal line or to create an L-shaped pattern. The player who makes a match must read the sentence aloud. If no match can be made, the next student takes his or her turn. If a match is made, the other players must confirm it’s correct by looking at Quiz 1 answers.

IMPORTANT: The first player to use all his or her dominoes wins, but the game must be played until all dominoes are used.

Step 4 – Suggestion: It’s ideal to play 2-3 rounds of dominoes so that students learn to make different matches and the model sentences are read aloud by the group more than once. After the game is over, have students take Quiz 2. Correct answers as a class.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. aefasolino says:

    I have used your activities for teaching ESL so very many times. You’re so creative! (Phrasal verbs dominoes got played in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Houston, TX!)

    1. That’s wonderful to hear. Kind regards to you and your students!

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