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Phrasal verbs: emotions

Worksheet overview

This ESl worksheet is dedicated to 12 phrasal verbs about emotions. Students will learn and practise them, as well as use them in various speaking activities.

The first 7 phrasal verbs (e.g. open up, bottle things up, take it out on someone, lash out at someone) are introduced through 2 short dialogues. Students read the dialogues and match the phrasal verbs to their definitions. Then they complete 4 questions with the correct phrasal verb and use the questions to start a conversation with a partner.
Next, students match sentences with similar meanings in order to discover the meaning of the rest of the phrasal verbs (e.g. shrug something off, to be taken aback, freak out). After that they complete a few sentences with their own ideas.
As an additional practice, students complete sentences with the correct phrasal verb.
The last 2 activities focus on speaking: first, students discuss a few questions in pairs or small groups and then they complete a short role-play activity.
The set of printable conversation questions provides further opportunities to speak about the topic, revise the target vocabulary or replace an activity from the worksheet.
This worksheet will work great in combination with lessons about emotions, emotional intelligence, psychology or mental health.


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