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Phrasal verbs: Investing

Worksheet overview

This business ESL worksheet is dedicated to phrasal verbs used when talking about investing. It will be useful to students who either have personal interest in investing, or professionals such as financial advisors, financial analysts, entrepreneurs and business owners.

The lesson starts with a few conversation questions about investing. Then, students read a short dialogue where 2 friends discuss investment opportunities. This dialogue incorporated the first group of phrasal verbs (e.g. invest in, cash in, hold on to, bounce back, sell off, tie up). Students match the verbs to their definitions, and complete a multiple-choice practice activity.

Next, students read a text about investing in a business venture, which incorporates the rest of the phrasal verbs (e.g. pump money into, pull out, buy into). After matching the verbs to their definitions, students complete 6 sentences with the correct phrasal verb.

The last 2 activities are focused on speaking. First, students look at different investments (e.g. the stock market, real estate, cryptocurrency), and then answer different questions related to these types of investments. They are also required to use a phrasal verb from the lesson in each of their answers. Lastly, students look at different fears associated with investing, and discuss these fears.

For more speaking practice, check out the conversation cards.


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