The passive voice is useful in academic writing because it allows the writer or speaker to emphasize a subject by rearranging a sentence. In business the passive voice is often used to describe processes . Exercises using pictures encourage students to use critical thinking skills and help illustrate the passive voice in a memorable way.
This is a passive voice listening/speaking exercise for English language learners. First, students listen to the audio and match the items to the pictures. Then, they listen again complete the sentences.
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This is a passive voice listening and sentence writing exercise. Listen and match a passive sentence to the correct picture.
Sometimes really simple icebreakers work best. If you are teaching the passive voice, the exercise below should work nicely. Students have to complete the sentences ..ie. “Apples are grown in New Zealand.” And they can suggest sentences to fill in the chart. It’s a great way to assess students’ knowledge of the passive voice at the beginning of a class. It’s also a great way to begin a discussion about passive voice.
This is a passive voice sentence writing exercise for English language learners. Students complete the sentences using their own ideas generated by the pictures. The verbs below the pictures and the “Useful vocabulary” at the bottom of the page may assist them. Click on the image below or the link to download the PDF file.
The exercise below is for exploring the language of environmental issues in the classroom by writing passive voice sentences. It is a good way to gauge the level of knowledge about environmental issues. While students work independently the teacher can walk around and choose some of the best sentences and write them on the the on the board.
This exercise helps students understand how to write sentences in the active or passive voice when describing a process.
This is a classroom miming activity for the passive voice. Below are the instructions.
Warm the class to this activity by miming and eliciting from them the instructions for making toast.
2. Group Work/writing
Next, give out the handout and tell the students to rewrite the instructions in the passive tense.
Finally, with the students in groups of three, one looks at the instructions and mimes while the other two reproduce the instructions as they are acted out.