Phrasal verbs about education: speaking activity

The aim of the phrasal verbs about education speaking activity is to introduce four phrasal verbs related to the topic of education and practice using them in context. I have already discussed 8 different types of activities you might use to help your students learn phrasal verbs. Similarly to previous phrasal verbs sets (money and relationships), this one introduces a phrasal verb with its definition, an example sentence, and an icon to symbolise its meaning and make learning easier for the student.

The Task

Present the visual and ask your students questions that go with each phrasal verb. To drill the form of the phrasal verbs you might want to play a matching game on the board, or a phrasal verbs echo chanting game with your students.

To make your students use these four phrasal verbs in context, do these two activities:

Students work in pairs. They draw phrasal verbs and situations from a pile and need to write a dialogue using the phrasal verb in context. Make it a rule for the dialogues to be at least 4 lines long.

Example:   fall behind and teacher – parent  students should come up with a dialogue between a teacher and a parent where the phrasal verb fall behind would be used.

#2 Agree / Disagree

In pairs or small groups students discuss the following questions:

  1. Students who are into just one subject don’t fulfill their entire academic potential.
  2. Falling behind at school or university is unavoidable and happens to everybody.
  3. Going over your notes one day before the exam makes no sense.
  4. Dropping out of high school or university might be a good idea for people who want to pursue a career in music or art.

Make sure to discuss the answers together, especially to the questions which your students couldn’t agree on.

Personal Experience

I have been using this activity with my FCE and upper-intermediate students to complement the book chapter about education / school life. Inventing dialogues has been the most entertaining part for both teenagers and adults and it also helped clear a lot of doubts concerning using phrasal verbs in context (drop out OF university not drop out FROM etc.)

For more ideas about teaching phrasal verbs, see these sets about sport, and food.





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