AWEJ Volume.4 Number.1, 2013                                                     pp. 90 – 107

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Teaching English Phrasal Verbs to Non-native Speakers of English

Ali Yunis Aldahesh
The University of Sydney


Researchers as well as learners of English language agree, to a great extend, that the phenomenon of English phrasal verbs (e.g., to break up, to give in, to get away with) (henceforth EPVs) poses a great deal of challenge to non-native speakers who want to learn the language and for interpreters/translators who involve in interpreting/translating them from and/or into the English language. Therefore, successful methods of teaching such complex English expressions to non-native speakers would undoubtedly help facilitate the process of learning them and in turn interpreting/translating them from and/or into English. Scholars from such domains as linguistics, lexicography and pedagogy have at length addressed the issue of teaching EPVs to non-native speakers and come up with a number of practical methods. In this paper this vital issue will be carefully investigated and the methods and materials used for teaching EPVs will be explored.

Keywords: Phrasal Verbs, Linguistics, Pedagogy, Teaching Methods, Teaching Materials


Dr. Ali Yunis Aldahesh is a Lecturer in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture at the
University of Sydney. He holds a PhD in Translation and Linguistics, an MA in Translation and
Linguistics, and an MA in Semitic Studies. His areas of interest include translation theory,
contrastive linguistics, lexicography and pedagogy.