Passive Voice ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Name Three

ESL Passive Voice Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free passive voice game, students practice making 'Name three' questions in the past and present passive. Give each group of three a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and make a 'Name three' question by completing the gap with the passive form of the verb in brackets. The student then reads the question to the group, e.g. 'Name three books that were made into films'. The other group members then race to answer by naming three things belonging to the category. The first student to do this successfully keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to go through the questions and possible answers with the class.
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Passive Snap

ESL Passive Voice Game - Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this captivating passive voice game, students play snap by matching active and passive sentences that have the same meaning. Divide the students into pairs. The pairs write down five active sentences and their passive voice 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 one of their active or passive voice sentences for the other pair to provide the active or passive equivalent. After that, give each group a set of active and passive voice sentence cards, which they shuffle and place in a pile on the table. The students turn over the top card, read it together, and then place it face up on the table. The students then 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 place a hand on the card and shout 'Snap', 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 at the end of the game wins. As an extension, students can play a pelmanism game with the cards.
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Passive Voice Fact Finder

ESL Passive Voice Game - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun passive voice game, students identify past and present passive sentences about facts and inventions. Give each group of three a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face up on the table. The students have ten minutes to identify past and present passive sentences about facts and inventions by correctly matching two parts of a sentence together. When the time limit has been reached, check the answers with the class. Students then put the cards into two piles, one pile containing the first part of each sentence and the other pile containing the endings. The students then shuffle each pile of cards and spread them out face down on the table. The students then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two cards go together, the student reads the passive sentence aloud, keeps the two cards and plays again. If the two cards do not go together, the student reads the sentence aloud, but turns it into a negative passive statement. The student then turns the two cards back over and it's the next person's turn. The students continue in this way until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Heads and Tails

ESL Passive Voice Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This fun passive voice worksheet activity can be used to help students practice the past, present and future passive. Tell the students that they are going to complete the beginnings of present simple passive sentences with appropriate sports. Give each team of three a copy of the worksheet and set a time limit. When the time is up, ask the teams to swap their worksheet with another team for marking. Go through the correct answers and write the scores up on the board. If teams have a different suitable answer to the ones shown and they can justify it, feel free to allow it. Teams score one point for each correct answer. Then, repeat the process with sentence tails. Sentence tails are passive sentences in the past, present and future about common celebrations and traditions. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Interactive Version - This interactive passive voice PDF worksheet helps students practice the present, past and future passive.

 

It's a Passive Christmas

ESL Passive Voice Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this festive passive voice activity, students learn about Christmas and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In the activity, students play a true or false game about Christmas and then complete sentences about the game in the present and past passive. Give each team a list of true statements about Christmas. The teams then make their statements false by changing one piece of information in each sentence. Teams then take it in turns to read their false statements to an opposing team. The opposing team has to guess which part of the sentence is wrong. For each correct guess, the team wins a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, give the students a gap-fill worksheet. Students then use their memory and grammar knowledge to complete sentences about Christmas in the past and present passive.
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Mixed Passive

ESL Mixed Passive Voice Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free passive exercises PDF, students practice the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms of the present, past and future simple passive. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by putting words in order to make present simple passive sentences, writing the verb in bold in the correct passive voice form. In the next exercise, students order words to make past simple passive sentences. Students then put words in order to make negative present simple or past simple passive sentences. In the next exercise, students choose one word or phrase from each column and make future simple passive sentences. After that, students write passive questions for a set of answers. Finally, students write about their own shoes using the passive voice, talking about what they are made of, where they were made, etc. When the students have finished, check their sentences together as a class and give feedback.
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Interactive Version - In this free interactive passive voice exercises PDF, students learn and practice the positive, negative and interrogative forms of the present, past and future passive.

 

Passive Voice Battleships

ESL Passive Voice Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding passive voice teaching activity, students play a game of Battleships using the past, present and future passive. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by marking four ships horizontally or vertically on their 'My ships' grid. The students then play a game of battleships using the passive voice in eight tenses. The aim of the game is to be the first student to find and destroy all their partner's ships. The students take it in turns to choose a square on their 'My partner's ships' grid. However, instead of giving a grid reference to find a ship, the student makes a passive sentence according to the active sentence and tense shown on each axis. The other student listens to the sentence, looks at their 'My ships' grid and says whether it is a hit or miss. If it is a hit, the student marks the square with a 'H'. If it's a miss, the student puts an 'X'. The first student to sink all their partner's ships wins the game. Afterwards, review the passive sentences with the class and have the students decide which passive tense would be the most suitable for each active sentence.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive passive voice breakout room activity, pairs of students play a game of Battleships using mixed passive voice forms.

 

Passive Question Time

ESL Passive Voice Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this insightful passive voice activity, students ask and answer questions in the present perfect passive and past simple passive. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, students prepare a yes/no question for each passive statement on their worksheet, e.g. 'Were you woken up by an alarm clock today?' The students then stand up and ask their questions to other students in the class. When a classmate answers 'Yes' to a question, the student writes that person's name in the sentence on their worksheet and asks a follow-up question to find out more information, e.g. 'What time were you woken up?', noting down the answer in the 'More information' column. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session where students report their findings to the class using the present perfect and past simple passive, e.g. 'Paul was woken up by an alarm clock today. He was woken up at 7 o'clock'.
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