As Edward noted earlier, he learned an interesting technique from Gideon about how to get the students to really work with the Phrases and I have been using this method recently with my higher level students to get them to find the missing words and put them in to complete a passage that I have written in advance. This forces the students to first recognize that a word or phrase is missing and then to check what part of speech it is and then to find the best phrase to fit.
Student seem to learn a lot from this excercise. If they copy this down in their notes and you ask them to make one example for each phrase for homework, they will really start to assimilate these new phrases and their progress will be greatly aided. Again the Smith’s curriculum provides what our students need to gradually become much better users of English.