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Passive Voice - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

Fact Finder

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students identify sentences about facts and inventions in the present and past passive. Each group is given 20 sentences about facts and inventions, but each sentence is in two parts. Their task is to find 20 facts by correctly matching the two parts of each sentence. When all of the sentences have been correctly matched, the students put the cards into two designated piles. The group members take it in turns to turn over one card from each pile. If the two cards go together to make a correct fact, the student reads the passive sentence out loud, keeps the two cards and plays again. If they do not go together, the student reads the sentence aloud, but turns it into a negative passive statement. The student with the most cards at the end of the activity is the winner. 

Fact Finder.PDF

 

It's a Passive Christmas

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this festive activity, students learn about Christmas and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Students play a true or false game, and then they test their memory by completing sentences in the passive voice. To start, teams of students are given a list of true sentences about Christmas. The teams have to make their sentences false by changing one piece of information in each sentence. Teams then take it in turns to read their new false sentences. Another team has to guess which part of the sentence is wrong. When the activity is over, students use their memory and grammar knowledge to fill in a worksheet based on the sentences using the passive voice.

It's a Passive Christmas.PDF

 

Newspaper Headlines

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  40 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet can be used after the lesson The Passive Voice. Students begin by creating newspaper headlines from five topics listed on their worksheet. Following that, the students work in small groups to create a radio bulletin using at least four examples of the passive voice. Students then present their news items to the rest of the class.

Newspaper Headlines.PDF

 Passive Voice ESL Teaching Resources

The Passive Voice

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour +

This comprehensive lesson teaches students how to construct passive sentences. The lesson contains various reading and writing exercises based on the topic of news reports. Students practice forming passive sentences and changing passive sentences into active sentences. The students work individually and in pairs during the lesson.

The Passive Voice.PDF

 

Passive Descriptions

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable card game, students describe objects using the present passive. In small groups, students take it in turns to pick up a picture card and describe the object on the card to the other students using the present passive. For example, if a student picked up a picture of a dictionary, the student might say: It's made from paper. It's used in the classroom. It's bought by students, etc. The first student to guess the object wins the card. The winner is the student with the most cards at the end of the activity.

Passive Descriptions.PDF

 

Passive Snap

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this amusing card game, students play a game of snap by matching active and passive sentences that have the same meaning. To begin, the class is divided into pairs. The pairs write down five active sentences and their passive equivalents. When they have finished, each pair joins with another pair to make a group of four. Pairs then take it in turns to read out a sentence (active or passive) for the other pair to provide the active or passive equivalent. After that, each group of four is given a set of active and passive sentence cards. The students take it in turns to turn over a card and read it aloud to the group. The other students listen and try to find a card that has the same meaning already on the table. If there is such a card, the first person to shout Snap! and place a hand on the card wins the pair of cards. If there is no match, the student places the card face up on the table. The student with the most cards wins. As an extension, students can play a pelmanism game with the cards.

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Passive Voice Sentences

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

Here is a link to a writing exercise that helps students to practice the passive voice structure. Students are presented with 24 active sentences. Students have to change the sentences from the active into the passive. An answer key is provided.

Passive Voice Sentences.PDF

Past Passive Quiz

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an engaging quiz to use when you are teaching the past passive form. Split the students into pairs (A and B) and hand each student the corresponding worksheet. Students start off by completing interesting historical facts with the past passive. After the correct answers have been checked, the students work together in their pairs. Students take it in turns to read each sentence to their partner. Their partner speculates whether each sentence is true or false. Students score one point for each correct answer. The student with the highest score wins.

Past Passive Quiz.PDF

 

Present Passive Quiz

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students practice using the present passive form. The class is divided into pairs. Students begin by completing sentences on their worksheet with the correct present passive form. When all the students have finished, the teacher goes through the correct answers with the class. Then, the speaking activity begins. Student A reads each sentence to Student B. Student B has to guess if each sentence is true or false. The students then swap roles. When they have finished, students add up their partner’s score. The student with the most correct answers wins. 

Present Passive Quiz.PDF

 

Present Perfect Passive

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a useful worksheet from the BBC. The worksheet helps students to practice the present perfect passive. There are three writing activities in all. First, students match the beginning of each sentence to their correct ending. In the second exercise, students read sentences and decide whether they are grammatically correct or not. Finally, students read sentences and choose the one option that best fits the missing space in each sentence. An answer key is provided.

Present Perfect Passive.PDF

 

Processes

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate -  1 Hour +

This detailed lesson is perfect for teaching students how to describe processes using the passive. Students begin by practicing the passive voice structure. Then, they are introduced to sequence words and shown how to write a process in stages. Finally, students work in pairs and write two processes using the passive. These processes are then presented to the class.

Processes.PDF

 

Growing Up

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate -  40 Minutes

This innovative activity helps students to practice past simple passive and active forms. Students begin by choosing passive or active sentences that best describe their personal story of growing up. Students then get into groups of four and explain their choices to each other. After that, the students think about the recent past and write six things that have happened to them. They write one past simple passive sentence and one past simple active sentence for each event. They tick the one that best suits their experience. Then, the students work in their groups of four again and share their sentences and reasons for choosing either the passive or active form.

Growing Up.PDF

 

Heads and Tails

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate -  25 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students complete past, present and future passive sentences. Each group of three is given two sets of incomplete sentences. The groups race to complete the first set of present simple passive sentences with appropriate heads. When a time limit has been reached, the teams swap their worksheet with another team for marking. Teams score one point for each correct answer. This process is then repeated with sentence tails. Sentence tails are incomplete passive sentences in the past, present and future. The winner is the team with the most correct answers.

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When I was...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

This ESL resource teaches students how to use the passive followed by infinitives to talk about their experiences of growing-up. Individually, students fill out a chart by writing 12 passive sentences about themselves. After that, the class is separated into groups of four. The group picks a slip from an envelope. The slip tells the group which student will read which sentence, e.g. if the slip reads C11, then Student C reads out sentence number 11. The other members of the group then contribute with their own experiences to help generate discussion.

When I was....PDF 

 
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#3 Irene 2015-05-01 20:14
Thank you so much for these helpful activities. I love your style! When I need new ideas I always visit your site, it's full of games and fun.
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#2 Admin 2015-03-25 16:16
You are welcome Adriana. I'm glad these activities helped.
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#1 ADRIANA 2015-03-23 04:09
Thank you very much for the activities. They have helped me a lot in my work and my students love them.
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