HOW TO TEACH PHRASAL VERBS
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Phrasal verbs: the one grammatical structure in English that no native speaker knows exists and the one that EFL students are very keen to learn.
So what are phrasal verbs?
Phrasal verbs are (usually) a two-word combination of a verb and an adverb or a verb and a preposition. Phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning and they can have literal or figurative meanings – The armed robbers held up the bank; Charles held up his hands. They also follow a specific grammar which can be quite confusing. Consider that we can say Please turn up the volume or Please turn the volume up or Please turn it up, but not Tonight I’m looking the children after.
When do we teach phrasal verbs?
Because phrasal verbs are so common in English, it makes sense to teach phrasal verbs very early in the EFL classroom. There are numerous phrasal verbs our students will encounter which will be confusing to them as they won’t realise they are not the sum of their parts. As our students advance, so the number and complexity of the phrasal verbs we teach should advance to.
How do we teach phrasal verbs?
The first thing to know is that there is no need for your students to know all the phrasal verbs in the English language. In other words don’t overload your students! The human brain can only learn seven chunks of new information at one time, so limit your phrasal verbs to approximately five. Keeping the number down will also ensure your students get a good understanding of what they mean and how to use them.
Then, decide whether you want to teach phrasal verbs by topic or by verb. You can categorise phrasal verbs according to what they refer to – phrasal verbs relating to relationships, for example – or by the common verb – such as phrasal verbs with get. Categorising phrasal verbs in this way will help your students keep them clear in their minds and so be able to use them better.
Lastly, don’t forget to look at form, function and meaning. In order to fully know a word, a person needs to be able to know when to use a word and how to use it appropriately. Because phrasal verbs can have a number of different meanings, usages and grammatical patterns, it pays to spend some time looking at phrasal verbs in depth.
In general EFL learners find phrasal verbs to be confusing and difficult. Ensuring that you spend sufficient time looking at the in context and in detail will help your learners learn them more easily and be able to utilise them.
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
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.