Chasing the birds away (phrasal verbs with away)

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phrasal verbs with away

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson students learn and practise phrasal verbs with away, watch a video about a dog working at an airport and discuss the jobs dogs do.

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

VIDEO & DISCUSSION

The lesson starts with a lead-in exercise in which students have to guess what the dog’s job is based on four words and phrases. Then, they watch the video and see if they were right. During the second viewing, students answer five comprehension questions using words and phrases provided in the box. After that, students look at two photos of working dogs and choose which kind of working dogs from the list they are (e.g. search and rescue dog, assistance dog, guard dog). They also discuss what these jobs entail, how the dogs might have been trained for them, and talk about benefits and drawbacks of working with dogs. In this part of the lesson students get acquainted with one of the phrasal verbs with away, namely chase away, as the dog from the video has a job of chasing birds away. 

PHRASAL VERBS WITH AWAY

In this part of the lesson, students reflect on how the dog from the video chased the birds away and come up with other verbs to create basic phrasal verbs with away. They do that while reading seven sentences which provide them with the context for the phrasal verbs (e.g. move away, drive away, look away, blow away). After that, students do a multiple choice task in which they guess the meanings of seven phrasal verbs with away from the context (e.g. pass away, chat away, stay away). Next, students use all the phrasal verbs from the lesson to react to certain situations (e.g. There is a mouse in the kitchen. – The cat will chase it away.). The lesson ends with a speaking game. Students play in pairs and get two lists of questions. All questions  contain  phrasal verbs with away. Students’ task is to provide three answers to each question (e.g. Why do people look away?) as quickly as possible. You might ask your students to time their answers to see who was fastest. You could also turn it into the five second game in which a participant only has five seconds to answer a question.

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  1. thalesneves

    Excelent lesson! I’m amazed at the techniques and vocab!

    1. Ewa

      Thanks. I’m glad you like the lesson.

  2. Jazzy Belle

    Great lesson! There is just a small typo in number 8: “You teacher will give you questions to ask your partner.”
    Should be “your teacher”…

    1. Justa

      Thanks for spotting that! We’ve just changed it 🙂

  3. AA

    I’ve got so many students who are dog lover’s, this is going to be a great lesson for them. Thanks so much!

    1. Ewa

      Awesome! I hope they enjoy it 🙂

  4. smalleyseattle

    This lesson looks great. There is a small typo on slide 8 “search and rescue do” instead of “dog.”

    Thanks for the fun ideas!

    1. Ewa

      Hi, thanks. We’ve just fixed that.
      Hope your students enjoy the lesson!

  5. Michał Altawil

    Very cute lesson. Any lesson about dogs is a good one!

    1. Ewa

      I couldn’t agree more 🙂

  6. Naomi Ludkin

    I’ll be testing this lesson out, it looks great. I am often frustrated though when the first activity is to get students to guess/hypothesise about the topic yet the very first thing they see is quite an explicit title.

    1. Ewa

      Hi Naomi, thanks for the comment. I don’t think that the lesson title is that explicit – students still need to add quite a lot of details to the dog’s job description.
      And I hope you and your students enjoyed the lesson nevertheless 🙂

  7. Lucia K.

    Great lesson plan! I did it with 4 different groups and I believe they all enjoyed it. The video is a crowd-pleaser 🙂 and the final activity (student A / student B) are really great for checking if the students grasped the meaning of the phrasal verbs. I did it as a TEAM A vs TEAM B competition with the time limit – write as many as you can in xx time and it was super fun.
    Thank you!

    1. Ewa

      Thanks, Lucia! Your feedback is much appreciated. I’m sure it will encourage other teachers to use the lesson 🙂

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