I get them to use the phrasal verbs in shapes and graphics. Like this they have all gather in a handout with a definition and an example. They find that useful and memorable. It also works really well with visual learners.
This is an example a student of mine did last week.
I ask them to use the phrasal verbs in comics. You will be amazed how much they enjoy that and how fast they learn to make comics online by themselves. For the first time I suggest doing one comic together so they can see how to go about it.
You can make your own comics online in these websites:
Teenagers are incredibly competitive. Games and competitions work really well with phrasal verbs and students love it!
One game that we usually play to revise vocabulary is the ‘Choose a symbol’. Each symbol means something else. Students however, don’t know what each symbol means and I think it what makes it fun and engaging.
Step 1: Divide students into two teams and give each team a copy. Step 2: Ask the first team to choose a symbol. Then you could ask them to give you an ‘example sentence’ or a ‘definition’ of the phrasal verb. (Alternatively you could prepare some sentences and ask them to guess the missing word in the gap) Step 3: Once they have answer tell them the prize of the symbol. Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3.
This year I set a challenge to make my students aware of the fact that English is packed with Phrasal verbs and it is what keeps them away from sounding more natural or fluent. Most of them have seen Phrasal Verbs before but have not really paid that much attention or went through the 'noticing stage'.
How I teach phrasal verbs?
Present them ALWAYS in context, short dialogues or sentences with clear meaning.
Get them to think of the meaning individually and then share their thoughts in pairs.
Get them to look up for more examples or prepare some yourself beforehand.
Analyze the examples and the phrasal verbs. Is it possible to insert a word between a verb and a particle?
Ask your students to create a small dialogue or a situation using the phrasal verb.
Students take turns to act it out.
Next lesson: Students read out their dialogue again without saying the phrasal verb. The rest of the class listens to the dialogue and guesses the phrasal verb. OR get them to act it out using body language and words.