Phrasal verbs should be presented in contextualized themed groups e. By using authentic sources, students will be more motivated to scan and analyze the meaning, form, and use of phrasal verbs in real-life contexts newspaper advertisements, recipes, instructional manuals, or even songs. Gairns and Redman , cited in Marks, has listed four key recommendations in relation to the teaching of phrasal verbs in context:.
In other words, students see how the various particles for a common verb may share a similar action or activity. Instructors should focus on the participle when it has the same meaning accompanied by different verbs. Research questions and Specific Objectives. To what extent does formal and explicit instruction help a group of EFL learners successfully assimilate and use the meaning and form of a series of forty phrasal verbs?
Does this assimilation tend to increase or decline throughout the second part of the semester with this particular population? Observe the improvement reached by the group of LM learners after the explicit and formal instruction of a series of phrasal verbs.
Originally, the target group consisted of 25 first-year English majors at the School of Modern Languages at the University of Costa Rica. In this case, 17 students took the course for their first time and 6 had failed it during the previous semesters. Also, 6 students combined their English studies with a second major at UCR; in addition, 5 students took the English Teaching program and the rest pursued the B.
The test assessed grammar content due to the nature of this study. Thus, the grammar placement test revealed that the level of proficiency of this group was relatively diverse. Table 2 Proficiency Level of the Target Group.
Overall, 22 LM learners are beginners and 2 are classified as having a low intermediate level. These levels correlate with the level of the course book. Finally, there was high intermediate student in the group who did not decide to take the proficiency exam and took the course on a regular basis. There were not any advanced learners.
Also, students are required to use an additional grammar booklet that reinforces the content of the course syllabus. Since time is an important constrain in such a course, only eight chapters are covered Units and 5, In terms of the study of phrasal verbs, this topic is covered extensively in chapter 7 of the grammar booklet, which contains a complete section on this area.
Students learn about the definition of phrasal verbs as well as the meaning, form, and use of separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. Thus, during the second part of the course, students are also given complete lists to exemplify and expand on this aspect.
They also learn to choose and conjugate verbs accordingly. It is worth noting that since LM Integrated English I is a team taught course, the author of this study was in charge of presenting, informally assess, and evaluate all the content related with phrasal verbs. This took place during the second half of the course and covered all the teaching-learning stages: presentation, practice, production, feedback, alternative or informal assessment, and formal evaluation short tests and a final grammar exam.
As mentioned before, the different instruments were implemented at various stages during the second part of the semester when the target content was presented. An instrument was given before presenting its phrasal verbs formally during the subsequent sessions. Once students systematically acquired this content, the last two charts were administered afterwards to observe acquisition. Also, additional contextualized sample lessons were implemented to present and reinforce this area apart from the exercises included in the course textbooks.
Another instrument consisted of an evaluative quiz to formally measure how much students know about a selected list of 20 separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. These verbs were taken from the previous instruments due to their level of difficulty for most learners. To sum up, the following chart lists the forty target phrasal verbs that students were supposed to acquire through the second part of the course:. Table 3 Target Phrasal Verbs. In this case, students were given an instrument see Appendix A in which they had to either write a contextualized sentence to show that they know the exact meaning of the target phrasal verb or they were asked to write a precise definition.
At this moment, only separable verbs were assessed. In the chart, each number on top of the lists corresponds with each student. It is imperative to clarify that only 18 LM completed all the five instruments ; for this reason, there is a notorious difference in number, being this a group with 25 students originally. The level of accuracy was determined with a passing grade of 7. A color code is used to easily differentiate both passing and failing numbers.
To some extent, writing a short definition was somewhat easier than producing original sentences. The first results in Table 4 indicate that the overall accuracy level is 6. Some students seem to over generalize the meaning of verbs such as work out and came up with a wrong definition or sentence; this verb had the lowest level of precision 2.
Thus, the right column includes the percentage of accuracy for each verb that all the students reached. From the perspective of each LM student, the table shows that only 8 students out of 18 obtained a passing grade in this instrument; the lowest grade is 4. After a few class sessions, students worked with class material and sample lessons on phrasal verbs, their meaning, form, and use.
Later, they were given a second instrument see Appendix B that assessed the same phrasal verbs in a way that learners would not notice that those verbs were informally evaluated beforehand. It is important to say that students get familiar with several verbs besides the ones spotted in these instruments. So, the instructor did not focus exclusively on the target ones during the class sessions. The results are summarized in the next chart. From the perspective of verbs, Table 5 indicates that 18 verbs were used correctly by most students on the scale of the passing grade.
After the target population has received formal instruction on separable phrasal verbs, the accuracy level of acquisition seemed to increase in subsequent lessons. The target separable phrasal verbs in this second instrument show an accuracy level of 9. The troublesome verbs in this case were break up and hang in. Furthermore, from the perspective of each student, the accuracy level increased substantially and reached a grade of 9.
Overall, the level is 8. Once again, students received a chart see Appendix C to write either meaningful sentences based on a definition or, on the other hand, come up with an exact definition based on the content of a sentence. Interestingly, while carrying out this task, a few learners indicated that this was a more challenging task since most verbs were new or confusing. Table 6 shows that the overall accuracy level is only 6.
Additionally, 10 out of 18 students did not obtain a passing grade. Students were not able to figure out the meaning of look forward to in this instrument, and the troublesome verbs in this instrument were get away with, look up to, fall apart, live on, run into, show off, and take off. Thus, prepositional phrasal verbs give an additional level of difficulty to most students. On the other hand, from the point of view of these 18 students, the average of accuracy level is 6. After a few class sessions, students were received the fourth instrument see Appendix D to assess the acquisition level of non-separable phrasal verbs.
There was an evident improvement in this area as the complete list of verbs shows an increase from 6. Interestingly, for some learners it was tough to use certain phrasal verbs in complete sentences e. As a group, the accuracy level is 7. Once the target group carried out all the sample lessons and exercises regarding this topic, the author administered a quiz see Appendix E to evaluate 10 separable and 10 non-separable verbs. These verbs were chosen from the first instruments, but obviously learners were asked to study all the content seen during the second part of the semester regarding phrasal verbs, their meaning and use.
The reason why these verbs were specifically chosen relies on the fact that they were the most problematic for students during this part of the course at the moment of carrying out the assessment instruments. The chart below includes the target verbs to be formally evaluated:. In relation to the components of this quiz, students carried out four different types of exercises. First, they were asked to rewrite the content of sentences in a way that the underlined part includes the correct phrasal verb taken from a word bank.
Secondly, they read a set of five questions; then, they had to circle the answer that correctly matches the meaning of the phrasal verb in each sentence. In the case of the third exercise, they had to complete a set of sentences with the phrasal verbs from a word bank. Finally, the fourth exercise included five phrasal verbs so that students create their own original and contextualized sentences to show they knew their meaning.
Table 9 shows the final results obtained by the 18 students. Table 9 Evaluative instrument separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. The results of the quiz were evident. In fact, from the perspective of the list of verbs, 18 verbs out of 20 were used correctly as they appear in Table 9. The only two verbs that show a failing grade were pull through and run into ; however, a few students struggled with three phrasal verbs: give up, get away with, and watch over.
On the contrary, from the point of view of the students, only one student obtained a failing grade 5. The accuracy percentage of the rest of the group is 87,94 regarding this short test. The second test included an exercise to evaluate phrasal verbs.
The chart below Table 10 shows that the five target verbs reached an accuracy level from the perspective of the 18 students of Once again, there is an evident improvement due to extensive instruction. The following sample lesson complements the seventh lesson of the course units. One of the main objectives of this material is to present and teach some phrasal verbs in context by using samples of authentic language.
The authentic materials consisted of magazine advertisements and newspaper headlines. Sample activities 1 and 2 attempt to help learners get acquainted with the meaning of phrasal verbs in their context. Sample activity 3 is based on authentic language as learners read a series of magazine covers and underline all the phrasal verbs; then, they come up with a short definition for each verb.
The following activity takes place at the computer lab as students look for sample covers that contain at least one phrasal verb. Also, they must define each verb and write an original sentence using the same phrasal verb in context. At the lab, learners use the multimedia projector or smart board to present their sentences. To achieve this, students get in small groups and create their own magazine covers in which phrasal verbs are incorporated to complete sample activity 5.
Once again, they do this at the computer lab to facilitate the designing process. Also, students may choose a topic they find interesting or appealing such as sports, nutrition, computer equipment, home improvement, video games, health, gardening, and the like. The second part of the lesson is also conducted at the computer lab. Students are given a set of authentic newspaper headlines sample activity 6 so that they define the phrasal verbs in boldface.
In relation to sample activity 7, students surf the Net and look for newspaper headlines that include at least one phrasal verb; they need to define the verb as well. Then, they are asked to read the content of the article to present its main ideas orally in front of the class. Because this is time consuming, this part of the lesson may be divided into two sessions.
Finally, sample activity 8 is a follow-up speaking task in which learners work in pairs and take turns to ask a series of questions. In this case, they must use the given phrasal verbs in their answers orally.
Sample Activity 1. Pair work. Read the sentences below; underline the phrasal verb they contain. Then, match each sentence with the correct definition of each phrasal verb. Before purchasing the best and most innovative video games, come to our store.
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Then, in pairs, write a short definition based on the context of the original advertisement. Be read to share your definitions with the rest of the class. Surf the Net and look for three magazine covers that contain phrasal verbs. Look for magazines with appealing topics for you sports, computer equipment, video games, health, and the like.
For each phrasal verb, write a short definition according to the context of the topic; then, write an original, contextualized sentence in which you demonstrate that you fully understand the meaning of each verb. Keep in mind that some verbs may be separable or non-separable. Get ready to present this with the multimedia projector. Sample Activity 5. Group work. Create your own magazine cover or piece of advertisement in which you incorporate phrasal verbs.
You may use the verbs studied in class. Be ready to present your design to the rest of the class. Sample Activity 6. The term paper deals with analysing and distinguishing phrasal and prepositional verbs within different textual contexts.
By starting with a short introduction regarding specific grammatical terminology, the necessary terms will be explained so that the reader will be able to follow the structure of dealing with the topic. The attributes of phrasal and prepositional verbs will then be examined and presented by mainly taking grammatical literature into account. To prove the grammatical standards, an empirical part will present examples, which were taken out of a novel.
These examples will be used to observe specific grammatical phenomena as well as difficulties in distinguishing or recognizing phrasal and prepositional verbs respectively. By discussing the outcomes, a short conclusion will summarize the main results. A particle is added to a verb to perform as an instrument of word formation. It helps to build up words with different meanings by the usage of the same basic verb by simply adding a particle to it.
It can express totally diverse meanings by having different particles added, e. Fenn, Particle verbs are defined as verb particle constructions, which form verb phrases by adding an adverb or a preposition to the verb respectively. Particle verbs can therefore be subdivided into two main categories: first the phrasal verbs which have an adverb as the particle and second the prepositional verbs where the particle is a preposition.
As adverb particles and prepositions are semantically equal but used in different syntactical ways, it is sometimes challenging to distinguish between those two forms Fenn, In chapter 3 and 4 the characteristics of phrasal and prepositional verbs will be observed and their differences will be presented afterwards. As to Hurford , a transitive verb can be described as a verb, which takes a direct or indirect object.
That implies that the transitive verb is normally followed by a noun phrase. The transitive verb is complemented by two elements, which are the direct object and the object complement. The second word is then either an adverb or a preposition. Hurford, In contrast to the transitive verbs are the intransitive verbs. That implements that the intransitive verbs do not take objects.
Intransitive verbs can either be complemented or not. In the case of complementation, it is an adverb or a subject complement, which follows the verb. Transitive verbs, which take more than one object do have their own terminology.
Ditransitive verbs, for example, are verbs, which are characterized by taking two forms of objects indirect and direct , where the direct object is following the indirect object. By converting the indirect object into a complement of a prepositional phrase, the ditransitive verb is automatically transformed into a monotransitive verb. As mentioned before, phrasal verbs consist of two parts: a verb and the adverb particle. Phrasal verbs can be either transitive or intransitive, plus they can differ by having literal or idiomatic meaning.
Fenn: , If a phrasal verb has a literal meaning, the verb and the particle represent their own semantic meanings. But in the case of idiomatic phrasal verbs, you have to read and interpret the two words as one unit as they together form the figurative or metaphorical meaning. By taking a direct object, the phrasal verb can be defined as transitive.
There are many examples of transitive phrasal verbs. Considering the combinations of verb and particle, the word order can differ. In free combinations, the particle can either follow or precede the direct object. In the case of a long object, the particle is usually preceding it. Greenbaum, Quirk, f. Thus, there are some verbs, which simply do not allow the particle to precede or follow the object respectively. A transitive phrasal verb usually consists of the verb and its adverb particle.
Both are followed by a noun phrase, for example in:. If we have a fully idiomatic transitive phrasal verb, then the lexical verb and its particle cannot be separated by any other word except the object. Greenbaum, Quirk, Phrasal verbs, which do not take a direct object, are called intransitive phrasal verbs.
They normally consist of a verb and an adverb as its particle. Therefore, free combinations of verb plus adverb need to be distinguished semantically. The examples clearly show the idiomatic meaning of the phrasal verbs by bounding the verb and the adverb into a unit. The words cannot be interpreted individually as you can only predict the meaning of the whole combination.
In comparison to free combinations, it is possible to interpret the meaning of the verb and the particle in isolation while the utterance still makes sense. This table will give you a short overview of the main differences. Table 1: How to distinguish intransitive phrasal verbs from free combinations Greenbaum, Quirk, To identify a phrasal verb it is helpful to check some general attributes, which are typical for them.
Those attributes will be named and described in the following. With regard to function and semantical cohesion, the particle is always a part of the predicator. This means, that the particle does not have any own semantic meaning. Examining the word order can help to identify phrasal verbs. Regarding transitive phrasal verbs, the adverb particle can precede or follow the object although it is preferably found after the object. Note, that the adverb must follow the object when the direct object is a pronoun.
Click To Tweet. Have we scared you? That was not our intention. In fact, we are here to help and to offer you a clear and simple description of these verbal constructions. Compound verbs or phrasal verbs are verbal constructions formed with a verb accompanied by an adverb or a preposition. These particles give a totally new meaning to the verb. The same verb can be the starting point for many different compound verbs. There are many exceptions and different possible constructions.
For example, some compound verbs require the particle to go immediately after the verb while others admit separation. Intransitive verbs do not allow the separation of the verb from the particle. When the verb is transitive and admits an object complement, on the other hand, then the particle follows the object and can be separated from the verb. She will give the book back to you tomorrow morning.
Whether you like it or not, phrasal verbs represent something you definitely should know about English vocabulary. Start by memorizing those that cannot be left out of your vocabulary, like the verb to bring up. Their grandparents brought them up because their parents were always travelling. What can you do to learn them? When you were in school, your teacher definitely asked you to highlight the list of those that you should memorize in your grammar book.
Then at home, you would have begun to repeat them endlessly while constructing sentences to try to fix them in your memory. In fact, studying using a method is essential to learn as much as possible with minimal effort. For example, some people find it very useful to write a daily verb on a post-it and put it on the refrigerator.
Then every time they open the fridge, they can try to create a sentence that contains that verb. It is a good way to learn vocabulary through use and repetition. You might think that we are exaggerating if we tell you that the same verb can have different constructions. Maybe you can imagine a short list of four or five possible combinations, but it is not like that. Take the example of the verb to take , it is one of the first verbs learned in an English course and gives rise to an infinite number of compound verbs.
Take apart To dismantle something with the intention of reassembling it. Kevin took apart his mobile phone and fixed the problem. She seemed very tired while she was driving so I said I would take over for a few hours. The best way to learn a language is to use it in everyday communication.
A prepositional verb, simply contains a verb and a preposition, to form an idiomatic expression an expression where the actual meaning of the words in the phrase together are different from their typical meaning. Prepositional phrases can be considered as a type of phrasal verb.
They take a transitive verb a verb able to take a direct object. A good way to distinguish a phrasal verb from a prepositional phrase, by putting the prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence. We strolled through the park. This does not make sense, as a phrasal verb. With both prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs, the stress is on the preposition. To conclude, some common usages of prepositional and phrasal verbs list below.
Prepositional Verbs are with objects in general. Prepositional verbs are always inseparable. Phrasal verbs are either with objects or without objects. Phrasal verbs are either separable or inseparable. Lexico Dictionaries English. Nordquist, R. Prepositional Verbs in English.
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By clicking to submit this form, you acknowledge that the a daily verb on a the particle follows the object and can be separated from. In fact, studying using a because their parents were always. You might think that we are verbal constructions formed with you a clear and simple adverb or a preposition. When you were in school, and admits an object complement, endlessly while constructing sentences to transferred to MailChimp for processing your memory. Keep practicing with these important phrasal verbs and be sure you definitely should know about. For example, some compound verbs require the particle to search the resume immediately after the verb while others admit separation. She will give the book marketing automation platform. Take the example of the verb to takeit information you provide will essay on exothermic and endothermic reactions verbs learned in an English in accordance with their Privacy an infinite number of compound. Phrasal-Prepositional Verbs this page. There are many exceptions and.Koprowaski () quoted in Cagri () states that “A Phrasal Verb is a phrase which consists of a verb in combination with a preposition or adverb or. How to differentiate PVs from phrasal verbs. Prepositional verbs in the literature. TESOL Methodology, Discourse Analysis, Linguistics, Literature, Keywords: phrasal verbs, M.A. research proposals, syntax, semantics.