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October's Featured Material: A Phrasal Verb Affair

From Pro Lingua Associates: A Phrasal Verb Affair 

Blogger: Carrie Roper (Literacy Coordinator)

October Supplementary Photograph copyFor most people studying English, learning how to use phrasal verbs is a significant challenge. They are semantically and grammatically complex, and often use verbs with different meanings. 

Unfortunately, those of us who are native speakers use these phrasal verbs frequently throughout our daily conversations and in writing. The Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs currently lists 12,000 different entries; this can confuse learners of all levels.

For learners who are interested in working on phrasal verbs, I recommend “A Phrasal Verb Affair.” This bright pink workbook is hard to miss in our tutor library and includes an audio CD with conversations from the lessons. 

The soap opera-esque story follows the drama between Maria and her husband John as they live through the ups and downs of their relationship. Each scene begins with a discussion to help the learner connect the topic to their own lives.  Then, there is a dialogue incorporating key phrasal verbs, followed by more discussion questions to talk further about the situation. There is a grammar lesson and numerous exercises to practice the phrasal verbs from the dialogue.

Overall, this is an engaging and thematic way to practice phrasal verbs through an entertaining story. With more than 200 phrasal verbs, this workbook is an excellent resource for your adult learner. If this resource sounds interesting, let your Literacy Coordinator know – and don’t forget to pick up the CD that accompanies the workbook as well. 

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