Phrasal Verbs for the Classroom

Phrasal verbs are commonly used in spoken English. They consist of a verb and a preposition to create another unique meaning. ESL students at Hancock International College can use them in and outside of the classroom. In fact, many international students struggle to understand Americans because they often use phrasal verbs. Lizzie Gregory wrote an article titled “Phrasal verbs about the classroom and learning” for The English Tower providing a few great phrasal verbs to start using right away!

Lizzie Gregory lists:

“Work out – To learn. Example: Work out how to use the laptop

Cross out – to erase. Example: Cross out your name

Hand in – To submit. Example: Hand in your homework

Look up – To search. Example: Look up that word in the dictionary

Turn down – To lower the volume. Example: Turn down the video, please

Turn up – To raise the volume. Example: Turn up the video, please

Set up – To arrange/organize/make something ready to use. Example: Set up the hall for assembly

Throw away – Discard. Example: Throw away your rubbish

Put off – Postpone. Example: The homework will be put off until tomorrow

Make up – Invent. Example: Make up a poem

Sign up – Enroll. Example: Sign up to this course

Use up – Use completely. Example: Don’t use up all of the glue

Read over – Examine. Example: Read over your homework

Find out – Discover. Example: Find out how to use the calculator”

She includes 10 practice fill in the blank questions, so check out her article with the URL below!

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Idiom of the Day

To draw a blank

Meaning: can’t think of the answer to something that you learned before

Example: Sarah was drawing a blank when her teacher called on her in class. She knew the answer, but maybe because she was asked in front of all her classmates she could not think of the answer.