Phrasal verbs- Reversi Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Card game to memorise phrasal verbs

Instructions for teachers

Photocopy one copy of the worksheet per pair of students and cut it up so each card has the phrasal verb and its meaning next to it (i.e. don’t cut between the phrasal verb and definition). Fold the cards so you can only see the phrasal verb or its meaning when you put it on the table.

Give each pair of students a pack of cards. They must put them in a vertical line in front of them. It doesn’t matter which side of the card is face up before they start.

The first player must look at the card closest to them (at the bottom of the line) and try to say what is on the other side of the card. If they can see the phrasal verb, they have to describe what it means, and if they can see the explanation, they have to say the phrasal verb. They can then turn the card over and check. If it is correct (including other things which are right but aren’t on the card), it stays turned over and they can try the next one. If they made a mistake, the card is turned back and play passes to the next person. They always have to start again from the first (bottom) card. The first person to reach the last (top) card without making any mistakes is the winner.

If students get stuck, you can let them work together rather than against each other.

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Cards to cut up

 

To rip into pieces

 

To tear up

 

To give someone accommodation in your house

 

To put someone up in your house

 

 

The car stopped outside the shop

 

 

The car pulled up outside the shop

 

To put someone off their work

 

To distract someone from their work

 

Finish your dinner!

 

 

 

Eat your dinner up!

 

To put down a deposit

 

To pay a deposit

 

We’ve finished the milk.

 

 

We’ve used up the milk

 

The vet put the old ill dog down

 

The vet killed the old ill dog

 

Increase the volume on the TV

 

 

Turn the TV up

 

I like it more and more

 

It’s growing on me

 

To inflate

 

To blow up

 

 

 

The brother and sister fell out

 

 

The brother and sister stopped being friends

 

To learn a language without effort

 

 

To pick up a language

 

He dropped off in his armchair

 

He fell asleep in his armchair

 

I’m off!

 

 

 

I’m going!

 

It lived up to my expectations

 

 

It was as good as I expected.

 

The milk’s gone off

 

 

 

The milk’s gone bad

 

We consider it our home.

 

We look on it as our home.

 

Sales have increased

 

Sales are up

 

I could see him in the distance.

 

I could make him out in the distance.

 

 

To fall asleep

 

To drop off

 

 

He communicates his ideas well.

 

He puts his ideas across well.

 

 

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