Present Simple Passive Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

Present Simple Passive Descriptions

ESL Present Simple Passive Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free present simple passive game, students describe objects using the tense. Give each group of four a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The students then take it in turns to pick up a picture card and describe the object on the card to the other students using the present simple 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 someone learning a language. It's used to find the meanings of words, etc. The first student to guess the object wins the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Present Simple Passive Quiz

ESL Present Simple Passive Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a fun present simple passive activity for pre-intermediate students. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students begin by completing true and false facts on their worksheet with the present simple passive. When the students have finished, check the correct passive forms with the class. Student A then reads each fact to Student B. Student B guesses if the facts are true or false. One point is awarded for each correct guess. Afterwards, the students swap roles. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. At the end of the activity, the students tell the class which facts they found surprising.

Present Simple Passive Worksheet

ESL Present Simple Passive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This passive voice worksheet can be used to introduce students to the present simple passive structure. In the activity, students practice the affirmative, negative and interrogative form of the present simple passive. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read the present simple affirmative sentences and rewrite them in the present simple passive. Afterwards, review the answers with the class. Students then repeat the process with the negative and interrogative forms.


ESL Present Simple Passive Lesson - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

This detailed present simple passive lesson is ideal for teaching students how to describe processes. Students begin by completing sentences with the present simple passive to describe how bread is produced. The students are then introduced to sequence words and shown how to write a process in stages. The students then use sequence words in a box on the worksheet and the present simple passive to describe the process of planning a party. Finally, students work in pairs and write two processes using sequence words and the present simple passive. Students then present their processes to the class.

What do they have in common?

ESL Present Simple Passive Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this challenging present simple passive game, students make sentences about what two things have in common. Divide the students into teams of two and pair the teams together. Give the competing teams a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down on the table. Teams take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile and ask the opposing team what the two things on the card have in common, e.g. 'What do football and basketball have in common?' The opposing team then has two minutes to think of as many answers as they can using the present simple passive, e.g. 'Football and basketball are played in teams. A ball is used in both football and basketball', etc. For each grammatically correct and appropriate sentence, the team scores a point. Teams take turns proceeding in this way until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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