Past Simple Passive - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
Famous Inventions and Discoveries
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students ask and answer questions about famous inventions and discoveries using the past simple passive. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students complete the missing information in the table on their worksheet by taking it in turns to ask and answer past simple passive questions, e.g. What was discovered by Alexander Fleming? Who was the mobile phone invented by? When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing tables with their partner.
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General Knowledge Quiz
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this challenging pairwork activity, students create a general knowledge quiz to practice the past simple passive. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Students then work together with their partner to complete 10 sentences on their worksheet with true information, e.g. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Students must also use their own ideas to create two more true past simple passive sentences at the end. When the students have completed all their sentences, they turn them into past simple passive questions, e.g. Who was the Mona Lisa painted by? The students then use their questions to test another pair's general knowledge. Pairs score one point for each correct answer. The pair with the highest score wins.
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Here is the News
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes
Here is an engaging set of written activities based on the news to help students practice past simple passive and active forms. Students begin by changing sentences from their active form to their passive form. Students then read a news story and identify passive sentences. After that, they write the sentences in their active form. Students then complete a set of news reports and create their own news story with the past simple passive.
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Past Passive News
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet can be used to help teach the past simple passive. Students begin by creating news headlines from four topics listed on their worksheet. Following that, the students work in pairs or small groups to create a news story using at least four examples of the past simple passive. Students then present their news stories to the rest of the class. Examples are provided throughout the worksheet.
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Past Passive Quiz
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an engaging quiz activity to use when you are teaching the past simple passive. The students are split into pairs (A and B) and each student is handed a corresponding worksheet. Students start off by completing interesting historical facts on their worksheets with the past simple passive. When the students have finished, the teacher goes through the correct passive forms with the class. Student A then reads each fact to Student B. Student B has to guess 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, students tell the class which facts they found surprising.
When I was a child...
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes
This ESL activity helps to teach students how to use the past simple passive followed by an infinitive to talk about their personal experiences of growing-up. Individually, students fill out a chart by writing 12 past simple passive sentences about themselves, e.g. When I was a child, I was told to look both ways while crossing the road. 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.
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