Khadija El Mahrsi Khadija El Mahrsi

TP3 - Khadija El Mahrsi
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn the passive voice through examples taken from various newspapers' articles.


Abc Freer practice presentation
Abc Answer keys handouts
Abc Answer keys presentation
Abc Passive form presentation
Abc Lesson handouts
Abc Handmade "newspapers"
Abc Activities handouts

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will have learned how to form the passive voice and use it

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice the use of the passive voice for reporting (in writing)


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

In pairs, have students discuss the newspapers/magazines they read and why they read them.

Pre-teach vocab (2-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Elicit vocabulary that the students might need in order to understand the text: Burglar: Thief, robber. To threaten: with a gun. Soft toys: show an example of a soft toy. To blame: give example (someone does something and you say "it's your fault that...").

Reading task (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the passive voice (mainly in reporting)

Students need to match stories to headlines. They are given handouts containing the articles and the headlines they agree on are put on the articles in the handmade newspapers.

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the passive voice

Have students identify the passive voice through examples then give them the form. Explain the different uses of the passive voice.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

In pairs, students read the fourth article and select the correct alternative. They all have the article on their handouts, and the correct alternatives they agree on are circled on the article of the handmade newspapers.

Free Practice (8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the passive voice for reporting

In groups, students need to write a story for a blank article (there are 3 different blank articles in total). The suggested points to write are: main story, characters, ending, and where the story takes place. T selects a few mistakes (during monitoring) and corrects them with the whole class.

Feedback & wrap-up (2 minutes) • Get feedback on the lesson

Ask the students about what they liked or didn't like in the lesson and give them the lesson handouts.

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