B2/C1Phrasal verbs75


You’ve probably heard of FOMO, but what about JOMO? Aha, that’s a thing now. JOMO is joy of missing out which should be a response to FOMO, that is fear of missing out. Our new lesson plan touches upon these two phenomena and is based on a video which gives a bit of advice how to willingly miss out on possibilities we have and why it’s actually a good idea. On top of that, you’ll teach your students some phrasal verbs with out and show them what different meanings ‘out’ can bring to a phrasal verb.

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This FOMO lesson plan starts with a mind map which shows different meanings of a verb ‘miss’. Students need to read five sentences and match them with correct meanings of ‘miss’. Next, there is a short discussion task which include three questions. One of them include ‘miss out on’ as an intro to the topic.

In the next activity, students have a list of different verbs and they have to complete sentences with them. This way they’ll create phrasal verbs with ‘out’. We want students to discover some logic in the use of prepositions/adverbs in phrasal verbs. For example, ‘up’ is used when something is better or improving as in cheer up, brighten up or dress up. So in the next task students have to find out what meanings “out” can bring. They need to match phrasal verbs from the previous exercise to the right groups provided. This list is not comprehensive – there are other meanings that ‘out’ may have. See PhrasalVerbDemon, a great website about phrasal verbs, for more examples and meanings.


Before watching the video, students have to learn and revise some vocabulary. This time, we decided to create a word formation exercise as all the words that students complete will be useful while watching the video and discussing points in the last task of the lesson plan. Then, they move to a video, watch it for the first time and need to find out what phenomena of FOMO and JOMO are. After that, students watch the video again and answer a few comprehension questions.

Finally, there is a discussion part, but this time it’s not in the form of questions, but opposite ideas. Students have to discuss which of the statements given are true for them. Of course, you can extend this task by asking them follow-up questions or adding your own points to discuss. What’s more, that’s also up to you whether this task should be done in pairs, groups or as an open discussion.

EXtra WORKSHEET: Phrasal verbs with over

In this extra worksheet, your students will learn 10 phrasal verbs with the adverb ‘over’ and discover what kind of meanings ‘over’ connotates. This will help them learn other phrasal verbs in the future by giving them some logical patterns to look for. After discovering the meaning of those phrasal verbs, students will need to do a fill-in-the-gap task to use newly learnt phrasals. The last task is a production stage activity where students need to use new phrasal verbs while discussing a series of questions.  




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  1. Hello, on the phrasal SV and TV, 1. While…… my mother’s company should be “I stayed over to keep my mother company.”


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