Do you feel FOMO? – phrasal verbs with out

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Vocabulary - phrasal verbs with out

phrasal verbs with out


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.
If you are our subscriber, you might want to use the Extra Worksheet from the Filter Bubble lesson plan. It includes top 10 online abbreviations, including FOMO.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
75 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


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 includes three questions. One of them includes ‘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. See this worksheet here.



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  1. Kieran

    I am a big fan and !!! I have a couple of questions though. Some of the videos are not downloadable and some students can’t access videos by themselves for different reasons . This video for example is not downloadable. Is it not possible to download all videos? And my other question is, is it not possible to have the audio only, as an mp3 alternative to the video? Again, for different reasons some students would do better with audio only. Thanks in advance.

  2. Stan

    Hi Kieran! I’ll try to answer your questions: all of the videos we use are authentic videos posted either on youtube, or BBC by someone else. In terms of TED Talks, it’s easy because you can download the video from there without a hassle. With YouTube it’s a bit harder but the Internet is your friend – use a service such as to download YT videos either as video or audio files. I guess the only problem is with BBC – I can’t see any download button there so you would need to use some external service to download that content.

    Note: I don’t know if it’s legal to download BBC videos, and I’ve never done that. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t download copyrighted materials as in most places around the world is against the law. Having said that, there might be some leeway if you use it for educational purposes 🙂

  3. Kieran

    Okay great, thanks for the reply Stan. It´s basically what I thought so I´ll carry on as normal. Cheers.

  4. Ondřej Janeček

    Hi, great lesson, awesome topic! However I was having problems with playing the video. Both the pdf and the embedded bit here link to a site, which is inaccessible worldwide. Luckily, I was able to find a site with the exact same video:

    Could you possibly change those for teachers around the world?

  5. Stan

    Oh, I wasn’t aware that the domain is blocked in some countries. Thanks for letting us know and pointing to a global link. I’ve already fixed the embedded video and will update the worksheet links promptly.

    Can you tell us in which country the site is blocked?

  6. Ondřej

    It’s not the website as such I think, just the content of BBC in general – resulting in most of the videos on their site being unplayable from abroad. I’m from the Czech Republic and need to use a bit of hacking skills to access my favourite British shows. 🙂 Anyway thanks for the fast reply, I hope it’s going help my colleagues all around the globe using your amazing worksheets!

    1. Stan

      Thanks for sharing and letting us know! Hope you continue enjoying our worksheets 🙂
      i’ve updated the links in the worksheets as well.

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