Liliya Liliya

Passive voice lesson
Intermediate level


The context of this lesson is the Olympics. In this lesson students will learn about the passive through guided discovery based on the article about Loise Crandle, the European paragliding champion. The lesson will start with discussion about the Olympics and the students will do a lead-in task matching the capitals of the Olympic games and the dates when they were held there. It will be followed by clarification stage, controlled practice and free practice via writing sentenes about their favourite sports using the passive.


Abc A handout for CP
Abc A handout for clarification the TL

Main Aims

  • To highlight and clarify the passive so by the end of the lesson students will have had a better understanding of this TL and will have had practice using it.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide controlled written practice focused on using the language accurately. To provide freer written practice and use the language productively.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher shows the students a picture with the symbol of the Olympic games and asks them a question: What is it? After that the teacher shows a slide with the cities that hosted the modern Olympic games and elicits the names of these cities. The students in pairs have to match the cities and the dates of the Olympic games.

Exposure (2-4 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

The target language will be introduced through the text that the students read at the previous lesson. The target language is included into that text.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

To highlight the TL the teacher gives the students a handout with the written sentences in Present Simple Passive and Past Simple Passive. These sentences are taken from the artile they read before that so they are familiar with the content.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The students work in groups with the handout given by the teacher. They look at the sentences and discuss the answers to CCQs. For form clarification they have to fill the gaps and then to match the names to the given forms of passives, eg Present Continuous Passive, etc. The teacher gives them an answer key to peer check. After that the teacher elicits a marker sentence to clarify pronunciation. The teacher highlights the sentence stress and the phonemes and drills.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide controlled written practice focused on using the TL accurately

The teacher gives the students a handout with the sentences according to the text. They have to choose one of the two verbs given to them in the sentences, passive or active, in the correct tense. The students do this task individually. Then they check in pairs. As a feedback, the teacher hangs the answer key on the walls of the classroom and the students have to look and check their answers.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

For freer practice the students have to write the sentences about their favourite sport using different forms of the passive. Then they read the sentences to each other in their groups. Feedback - the teacher asks some students to read their sentences aloud. Error correction if needed.

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