Phrasal Verbs:  Introduction

Students learn how to categorize and use phrasal verbs


  • To introduce the grammar behind the phrasal verbs so Ss know how to use them
  • To introduce some new vocabulary of phrasal verbs as well as a few expressions
  • To have the Ss be able to use some of the new vocabulary while speaking
  • To encourage interaction while someone is speaking (not just one person giving a monologue)


Upper Intermediate


60 minutes

Phrasal Verbs:  An Introduction  — class plan

Lesson plan where students learn how to use phrasal verbs, learn some new verbs and apply what they have learned in their speaking

Phrasal Verbs:  An Introduction  — worksheet

Handout for students where they classify phrasal verbs into 3 different types and learn new vocabulary

Phrasal Verbs:  An Introduction — worksheet ANSWER KEY

Reference for teachers where they can quickly refer to which type the phrasal verbs are


Many students don’t like phrasal verbs.  They find it confusing to have two or even three words convey the meaning of something when one should suffice.   Then there is the problem of what to do with those words, apart from learning the meaning.  This lesson plan dedicates the first part to looking at how they are used grammatically (3 types) and the second half to learning new vocabulary and applying them (both grammatically and semantically) correctly while speaking.

Because many students already are resistant to this area of the language, as much as you can, try to look at it enthusiastically, having the students accompany you (you elicit and they comment / ask) as you explore and discover how these frustrating structures really work.  Some of the phrasal verbs included are a bit more on the colloquial side (screw up and piss somebody off) but that is intentional.  Some students feel that if they must learn some phrasal verbs, it’s better if there are some more exciting ones thrown in, which also could be useful when speaking informally.