Saturday, 27 May 2017

Passive Forms - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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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 past and present 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 the sentences have been matched, the students check the correct answers. 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 group members take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two cards go together to make a fact, the student reads the passive sentence aloud, 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 students continue in this way until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the activity is the winner.

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It's a Passive Christmas

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

In this festive activity, students learn about Christmas and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In the activity, students play a true or false game and then test their memory by completing sentences in the past and present passive. To start, teams are given 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 is the winner. When the activity is over, students are given a gap-fill worksheet. Students then use their memory and grammar knowledge to complete sentences about Christmas using the past and present passive.

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Name Three

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

In this fun card game, students practice making sentences using the past and present passive. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of cards. Students take it in turns to turn over a card and make a sentence by completing the gap with the passive form of the verb in brackets. The student then reads out the sentence 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 Question Time

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this interesting class activity, students ask and answer questions using the present perfect passive and past simple passive. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, students prepare a question for each passive statement on their worksheet, e.g. Were you woken up by an alarm clock today? When the students have finished, the questions are checked with the class. The students then stand up and ask their questions to other students in the class. When someone 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? The information is then written in the 'More information' column. When all the questions have been answered, there is a class feedback session. Students report their findings back to the class, e.g. Paul was woken up by an alarm clock today. He was woken up at 7 o'clock.

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Passive Snap

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

In this amusing activity, 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 one of their active or passive sentences for the other pair to provide the active or passive equivalent. After that, each group is given a set of active and passive 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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Heads and Tails

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

This fun team activity can be used to help students practice the past, present and future passive. Each group of three is given a copy of the worksheet. The groups race to complete the beginnings of present simple passive sentences with appropriate sports. 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 repeated with the endings of past, present and future passive sentences about punishments. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.

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#12 MAYRO 2017-03-08 12:59
I work with teenagers and it's simple and easy: Guys love these activities.

#11 Admin 2016-07-27 15:41
Thanks for the lovely comments. You guys are amazing.
#10 oksana 2016-07-12 12:26
Everything is great.
#9 Oran Pérez 2016-05-03 20:37
Dude! Past passsive quiz is the best! Thanks for sharing with us! Continue enjoying the best job in the whole wide world!!
#8 Admin 2015-11-26 15:14
Thanks for your kind words. They keep us going :)
#7 Shirley Castillo 2015-10-17 02:18
Thank you so much for these activitites. I am the biggest fan of your site :D
#6 Marie 2015-09-30 19:35
Love your worksheets, very effective!
#5 warda 2015-06-05 10:30
Thank you so much. I have my first 1 hour teaching practice next week on passive and these lesson plans/activities are so helpful and engaging. I'm sure the students will love them!

Thanks again :)

#4 Admin 2015-05-07 10:27
Thanks Irene. We try to make all the activities fun for the students.
#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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