It can be hard to find entertaining activities while teaching the passive voice. This post will look at one interesting way you can get your ESL students to practice the passive
voice in a real and practical way. This activity is especially good at show a practical time when the passive is used in the English language.
This activity is based on the show “How it’s made”. In this show it explains how different things are made giving step by step instructions. Its perfect for the passive and you can find thousands of different items that your students will be familiar with. For this activity I have chosen how Coca Cola is made.
1. Give your students a copy of the handout.
2. Tell your students to look at the images and decide what order they should be in.
3. Show students the video and get them to check if they have the pictures in the correct order.
Stop Video at 3:08 mins.4. Focus the students on the text prompts below the pictures. Pre teach key vocabulary e.g caps, syrup etc. Elicit from your students how to present passive is formed. (Subject + Verb “to be” in the present tense and the past participle.) Now get the students to write the instructions in the passive form.
Teachers answer sheet
ESL Passive Voice Activity
It can be hard to find entertaining activities while teaching the passive voice. This post will look at one interesting way you can get your ESL students to practice the passive voice in a real and practical way. This activity is especially good at show a practical time when the passive is used in the […]
This lesson uses Daft Punks “Harder Better Faster” and is a better alternative to the Kayne West version as it contains no bad language etc.
1. Before class, print a copy of the lyrics and cut the verses up.
2. Put students in groups and explain that they are going to listen to a song and you want them to organise the lyrics into the correct order.
Note: The lyrics start from around 0:30 and the set of printed lyrics ends at 2:30
3. As they listen to the song, students organise the lyrics into the correct order.
4. After they have listened to the song ask the students to underline the comparatives they can find in the lyrics. If they have not studied them before give them an example and ask them to find more examples.
5. After this it could be a good opportunity to look at the superlatives. Ask the students to write the superlative form of the words that they have underlined.
Get students to write the base form of the adjective and the superlative form.
6. Now get the students using and practicing by making comparative sentences and then using the superlative.
Download the Handout
More comparative songs
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
Justin Bieber – Never Say Never
Des’ree – You Gotta Be
Comparative and Superlative Games and Online Games ActivitiesBritish Council – Comparatives superlatives for kids
Loads of game ideas here for comparative adjectives
Even more activities can be found here (Link removed as this website now charges for content)
Comparative and Superlative Activities
This weeks post looks at comparative and superlative activities for teenagers. It can be difficult to find ways to introduce comparatives and superlatives to teens, as the thoughts of grammar usually makes them less than motivated. I have found that this way can be a great way to introduce comparatives and superlatives in a fun […]