Collocations and phrasal verbs are critical to fluency in the English language. Once students start to get a hold of the ways words are joined together in conversation and in texts they are well on their way to being competent communicators.
This is an introduction or review worksheet for common phrasal verbs. Students match the phrases to the pictures and answer the questions.
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This is an English ESL role play exercise for practicing phrasal or two part verbs. Students complete the conversations with suitable vocabulary. Then they can listen to the audio, compare answers and carry out the role play.
Husband/wife phrasal verb role play (PDF)
Husband/wife phrasal verb role play
This is a verb-noun collocations listening/speaking activity that will help students talk about life and work.
This is another listening/speaking worksheet for common phrasal verbs. This exercises focuses on the two ways in which phrasal verbs can be used (Eg. “I pick up the book” and “I pick up the book.”). Students listen and completer phrases and answer the questions.
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Do or make ? collocations (PDF)
I think the do/go/play collocations exercise is probably the most elementary collocation exercise given to students. It’s ok but usually focuses on sports, just for simplicity, I guess. Most of my students aren’t that interested in sports, so I like to change it a little. I also make it a little more difficult by teaching that “do” and “go” can often be used with the same nouns (eg. do/go shopping). Sometimes they are interchangeable and sometimes they are used for slightly different meanings. This makes it a bit more difficult but more accurately reflects the real world.
The do/make collocation exercise is probably the most useful and important elementary collocation exercise. These are verb-noun combinations that students really need in order to communicate in English.
There are so many verb-noun combinations that can help students improve their fluency. I’m in the process of creating many more of these. “Have” and “take” are two other basic verbs with many useful collocations.
Students match the verbs “take” or “have” or “break” with the phrases scrambled at the top of the worksheet. Once they have done this they use the collocations and their own ideas to write sentences at the bottom of the page.
Take/have/break collocations (PDF)
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Students match the two-part verbs to the correct conversation and think of other words to complete the conversations where necessary.
The exercise below is for exploring students’ knowledge of imperatives and collocations. Depending on the level and ability of the students, a teacher may ask students to work in groups or work independently. It is often surprising to learn which expressions students are and are not familiar with.
Brainstorming collocations for imperatives (PDF)
6 Replies to “Collocation and phrasal verb exercises”
i love that too for my children
Thanks for the comment. It’s encouraging.
Thanks, will use some in class.
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Great to hear. Thanks for the feedback.
I’ve been having some difficulties in trying to teach my students to identify the collocations. Your worksheets helped me a lot. They are amazing. Thanks a lot.