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Passive Voice - ESL/EFL Teaching Activities

Fact Finder

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

For this particular teaching activity, students work in small groups. 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 matching the two parts of each sentence. All the sentences are in the present or past passive. When the sentences have been matched correctly, the learners put the cards into two designated piles. The group members take it in turns to flip 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 it aloud, but turns it into a negative passive statement.

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, the teams are given a list of true sentences about Christmas. The teams have to make their sentences false by changing just one piece of information in each sentence. Teams then take it in turns to read their new false sentences. The other 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 using the Passive

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

This teaching activity can be used after the lesson '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 using the Passive.PDFStudents paying attention


Passive Voice

ESL/EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour +

This comprehensive lesson teaches students how to construct passive sentences. The students are also taught when to use the passive. The lesson contains various reading and writing exercises based on the news and news headlines. The students get to work individually and in pairs.

Passive Voice.PDF


Passive Snap

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

In this amusing card game, students play a game of snap by matching active and passive sentences which have the same meaning. 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. If there is no match, the student places the card face up on the table. If a student shouts Snap! when the cards do not match, they must give back a pair they have previously won. The student with the most pairs wins. As an extension, students can play a pelmanism game with the cards.

Passive Snap.PDF


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 interesting quiz to use when you are teaching the past passive form. Split the students into pairs (A and B) and hand each student a worksheet. Students start off by completing interesting historical facts with the past passive. The teacher then checks the correct answers with the class. After that, 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. Once they have finished, students tally up their partner’s score. 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. Students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a worksheet. 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. Students follow the same procedure for Student B’s sentences. When they have finished, students add up their partner’s score. The student with the most correct guesses 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 endings. In the second exercise, students read sentences and decide whether they are grammatically correct or not. Finally, the students read sentences and choose the one option which best fits the missing space in each sentence. An answer key is provided.

Present Perfect Passive.PDF



ESL/EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate -  1 Hour +

This detailed lesson perfect for teaching students how to describe processes. There are also writing exercises on how to use the passive. Students write about processes and present their work to the class.



Growing Up

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate -  40 Minutes

This innovative activity will teach students how to use the past simple passive versus past simple active by choosing sentences that best describe their personal story of growing up. Students then explain their choices to each other. After that, the students think about the recent past and write six to eight things that have happened to them using the past simple passive and active. 

Growing Up.PDF


Heads and Tails

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate -  25 Minutes

For the purpose of this teaching activity, students work in threes. Each group of three is given two sets of incomplete sentences. The groups compete in finding appropriate 'heads' for the first set of incomplete present simple passive sentences. This is then repeated with sentence 'tails.' Sentence tails are incomplete passive sentences in the past, present and future.

Heads and Tails.PDF


When I was...

EFL/ESL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

This ESL resource teaches students to utilise the passive followed by infinitives to talk about their experiences of growing-up. Individually, students fill out a chart on a worksheet by writing one sentence about themselves with different given verbs. After which, the class is separated into groups of four. The group members read out their sentences one by one. The other members of the group then contribute with their own experiences to help generate discussion.

When I was....PDF

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