5 Things You Need to Know About Teaching Phrasal Verbs

Turn your students onto Phrasal Verbs!

So, how did your New Year’s Resolutions turn out? Not so well?

Well, it’s never too late to make another resolution! This year, why not learn to teach Phrasal Verbs correctly? I’ve made a short video that cover the 5 Things You Need to Know About Teaching Phrasal Verbs. If you’ve ever been hesitant to this crucial part of the language, now is a good time to start!

Watch 5 Things You Need to Know About Teaching Phrasal Verbs now!

For a more in-depth Phrasal Verbs coaching session,  please watch the webinar we held for the italki teacher community here.

Our Phrasal Verbs series is now complete!

Additionally, we’ve just released our final two Phrasal Verbs lesson, so why not set a new resolution to turn your students on to the power of Multiword Verbs?

Off2Class now has a set of 47 lessons to cover everything you and your students need to teach, learn and use Multiword Verbs. The first 13 lessons cover the different types of Multiword Verbs and their grammatical properties, followed by 34 lessons that comprise hundreds of useful verbs, including nouns and adjectives derived from them.

The last two lessons to complete the series focus on multiword verbs with TURN.

PV4.33 – Multiword Verbs with TURN 1

This lesson looks at turn around, turn away, turn down, turn in and turn off. Turn your student’s lack of naturalness around! Don’t turn away from Multiword Verbs, since they are essential for Intermediate students and above. Never turn down an opportunity to teach something new!

Things You Need to Know About Teaching Phrasal Verbs Things You Need to Know About Teaching Phrasal Verbs

PV4.33 – Multiword Verbs with TURN 2

The second lesson covers turn on, turn on to, turn out, turn over and turn up. You never know what might turn up during a lesson on Multiword Verbs. It may be time to turn over a new leaf and start challenging yourself!

Keep in touch with us below. In your opinion, what are the things you need to know about teaching phrasal verbs? 


  • David says:

    February 27, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    great points, thank you James and keep the good work up. Cheers David

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      February 28, 2017 at 2:23 am

      Thanks David!

  • Dee says:

    March 8, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Excellent video, I totally agree. I use the phrase compound verb.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      March 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Dee for stopping by!

  • Aanuoluwapo Adeodu says:

    March 8, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Good work, James. Very useful hints.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      March 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Elena says:

    May 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Great video and great presentation of the material. Thank you!

    • Chris says:

      June 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Elena, glad you found it helpful!

  • Elena Pavón Hernánde says:

    June 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    A good explanation.
    thank you

    • Chris says:

      June 3, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      You’re very welcome, glad you liked it!

  • Jessica says:

    June 3, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Very useful, thank you!

    • Chris says:

      June 3, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Glad you found it helpful and you’re welcome!

  • Craig says:

    June 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    This is what set me on the road to specialising in phrasal verbs!

    Are there plans to add more PV lessons to off2class?

    • Chris says:

      June 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Hi Craig, that’s great to hear! No plans to add more at the moment — is there something specific you’d like to see?

  • Craig says:

    June 11, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Not especially but last week I had a student finish all the lessons and was hungry for more of the same! A number of my students are going through the program so I imagine he won’t be alone and with so many out there, the sky’s the limit!

  • Yahya Musa Yusuf says:

    July 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for lessons held so far, but please what’s the difference between phrasal verbs and idioms?

    • Chris says:

      July 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm

      This is the best definition I’ve found:

      A Phrasal Verb is a phrase which consists of a verb in combination with either an adverb or preposition or both preceding or succeeding it. The meaning of the phrasal verb is different than that of its constituent parts. Idioms are groups of words in a specific order that form an expression whose meaning is different from that of the usual meanings of its constituent parts/words. Idioms are usually special to one language and do not usually have a correct translation into another language.

      Here’s the source: https://blog.knudge.me/difference-between-idioms-and-phrasal-verbs-a8b8f8f92af7

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