How to Teach Phrasal Verbs
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There are a lot of different parts of speech that English language learners need to get their heads around (as well as TEFL teachers who need to teach them!) but one of the trickiest has to be phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb-adverb or a verb-preposition combination, and they are guaranteed to stump your EFL students.
Why do students have problems with phrasal verbs?
Firstly, the fact that they are idiomatic is problematic. Idioms are always going to be tricky to understand because their meaning cannot be guessed from the sum of their parts. To pass out, for example, can quite easily be understood as to hand something out but the alternative meaning of to fall unconscious is not so clear. Then there is the fact that some phrasal verbs have different meanings (He looked up to his uncle vs He looked up to the sky). Finally, there are so many phrasal verbs that students can feel quite daunted before they even start learning them.
How can we teach phrasal verbs to make it easier for our students?
The one idea is to teach phrasal verbs according to a theme. For example, if you are talking about relationships you could teach:
Go out with
Split/break up with
Or, you could teach a set of phrasal verbs according to the verb or the particle. For example, you could teach a set of phrasal verbs which all have the verb take, such as
Or a set of phrasal verbs which all have the preposition off, such as
As to which of these strategies is the most effective, the jury is still out. A number of researchers feel that grouping phrasal verbs by verb is not a good idea as the phrasal verbs are likely to be unrelated in meaning, while a similar argument can be made for grouping them according to particle. However, you will find both strategies employed in EFL coursebooks and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. We’ll have to wait for more research to be done to see which way is better!
On the whole, though, it seems that the key to teaching phrasal verbs is by meaning. Whatever topic you are dealing with in your lessons, think of some related phrasal verbs that can be incorporated into your lesson. Add to this recycling activities, personalisation exercises and plenty of opportunities for practise and your students should not only become aware of these phrasal verbs but also start to use them in their own language output.
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Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.