Ruda-Peachey Education Ltd

Work It Out with Phrasal Verbs


If you have ever taught English, I’m sure you’ll agree that Phrasal Verbs are one of the most difficult language areas to teach. For this reason, Billie Jago and I have created a teacher’s resource book (published by Prosperity Education) that should make teaching phrasal verbs much easier.


Why are phrasal verbs so difficult to teach and to learn?

  • It is believed that there are more than 3000 phrasal verbs in the English language
  • In many languages, the combination of verbs and particles that carry a specific meaning doesn’t exist
  • Phrasal verbs often have a latin-based synonym. Many students find this option more appealing, being easier to remember and more immediate to use for them, as it is similar to their native language. Take ‘hand out’, for example: its synonym is ‘distribute’. In Latin it’s ‘distribuere’, in Italian ‘distribuire’, in Spanish ‘distribuir’, in French ‘distribuer’ etc.
  • Teachers aren’t sure on how to teach them: grouped by verbs or by particle?

How can this book help teachers and learners?

We believe that contextualising the language makes the learning experience more memorable and engaging for the students. So, we have grouped the phrasal verbs according to topics, such as Shopping, Business, Giving Advice etc. These can be found in any course book, making it easier for the teacher to incorporate the lessons from Work It Out with Phrasal Verbs into their lesson plans.


What does this book offer?

  • A grammatical overview of phrasal verbs
  • 10 Units (called Work Outs) with teacher notes
  • Photocopiable worksheets 
  • Front-of-class presentations
  • Extra practice materials focusing on spoken production
  • Extension activities
  • Activities for fast finishers, to develop their critical thinking skills
  • Digital alternatives for your online classroom
  • A phrasal verbs reference with definitions


To find out more about Work It Out with Phrasal Verbs and how to use it, have a look at our webinar recording here.