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Phrasal verbs: books and reading

Worksheet overview

This ESL worksheet is dedicated to phrasal verbs about books and reading. Students will learn and practise 12 phrasal verbs and talk about their reading habits. You can combine this worksheet with “Idioms: learning and education”.

The first 8 phrasal verbs are introduced through 2 short dialogues (flick through, read up on, look something up, wade through, dip into). Students work out the meaning of the verbs and then match them to their definitions. To practise, they complete 6 sentences with information about them and then they use the sentences to start a conversation with a partner. Then students talk about their reading habits and try to use the phrasal verbs learned.

The last 4 phrasal verbs (pore over, leaf through, read out, and read over) are introduced with 4 sentences, each containing a phrasal verb. To practise them, students complete a few sentences with the correct phrasal verbs according to what they see on 5 photos given.

To wrap up the lesson, students are given 2 questions to discuss. Use the printable conversation cards to practise and revise these phrasal verbs even further!

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