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See the film Get on the Plane-Passive Voice
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn about the passive sentences through guided discovery based on a reading text about exotic films. The posters of some films will be used as a lead-in. The reading text on films provides the context for detailed information and extension for the passive form. This is followed by controlled practice and freer practice on the passive forms.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of passive voice in different tenses through the context of exotic film locations

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice in the context of films


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

* T sticks some film posters on the board and ask the students to talk about their favourite film with a partner and answer these questions "What kind of film is it? Comedy,dram,thriller etc?" "Where was it filmed?" "Who are the actors?" "Who was it directed by?".for 2 minutes. * Monitor and try to elicit passive forms in FB * Tell Ss they'll watch some clips from the TV Series.They'll be exposed to the passive forms in these clips.Ask general questions "Do you know any of them?" "What do you notice about these dialogues?" Try to elicit the TL and a few dialogues from the students and write down on the board. * Ask Ss to tell their partner the form.What tense is it? Why do we use passive here?

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

*Ask Ss to read the article and try to guess the name of each film and where it was filmed.Tell them to write the names of the films in the gaps.If they have difficulty in finding,write the names of the films in jumbled order to help.Ss will read individually and can work on finding the names together. * Focus on the questions in reading ex c.Make sure Ss understand everything e.g. were based on a book, was set at the beginning of the 20th century. * Ask Ss to answer the questions with the name of the film.Get Ss to compare their answers with a partner's and then check the answers.

Teach (12-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

* Ask Ss to read about The Beach again and underline the passive forms with different tenses. * Elicit from Ss how we form the passive sentences. Clarify the form on the board by using highlighting colors. * Ask Ss to look at the active sentences in the exercise b and give the instructions for underlining active verbs, then make them in a passive form.Ss will work in pairs. Go through the first and second example. In FB elicit the passive sentences from them and reflect the answer key on the board. Get them to say what tenses they are.

Test #2 (12-15 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again

* Give Ss instructions about the exercise a in Workbook, they need to write passive sentences using the tense in brackets.Go through the first example and let them work in pairs. Answer key will be stuck on the walls of the classroom for them to check. * Ask Ss to do the next exercise with the partner and circle the correct form,active or passive. Hand out the answer key when they finished and let them check. * Start with the pronunciation exercise. Remind Ss that information words are the ones which are usually stressed. Tell Ss that they will hear six passive sentences and they have to write down. * Play the tape by pausing it after each sentence for them to write. Play the tape again and let them check their answers.Elicit the sentences from Ss and write them on the board to be reference for the next exercise. * Tell Ss that they'll listen to the audio again and underline the stressed words.Play the audio again and pause it after each sentence for Ss to repeat and copy the rythm.

If time practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ask Ss to go around in the class and ask one of the questions and take turns.

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