Aseel Haider Aseel Haider

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice the skill of speaking, through discussing movies, what they watched, what they liked, disliked, their favorite movie, their least favorite and so on. Moreover, they will learn about the passive voice and the active voice.


Abc Exercise Handout

Main Aims

  • The main aim of this lesson is speaking. The students will practice speaking through speaking about movies.

Subsidiary Aims

  • The students will practice using the passive voice and compare it the active voice.


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

To set the context of this lesson, I will show them movie posters and ask them what is it, a movie, a show, what genre and so one. I will then tell them a story about my favorite movie "Warrior" and why it is my favorite movie, then ask them about their favorite movies and why they like that one.

Exposing Students to the Speaking Task (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will make them work in pairs and discuss: 1) What's the most amazing film they have seen recently? 2) What's the most disappointing film they have seen recently? 3) What is their 'film of the decade'? CCQs: 1) Your favorite movie of all time, or one you have seen recently? Recently 2) Work in pairs or alone? Pairs

Highlighting (6-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will go over certain vocabulary they might not understand. Moreover, I will introduce them to a couple of events and people that are in the movie industry such as the Academy Awards, JK Rowling, Jackie Chan, Avatar. Ask them a couple of questions about them, make sure they know what I am talking about. Then I will make them take a small quiz of 7 questions on page 68 of the Cutting Edge Book. Later make them listen to the audio and check their answers

Language Focus - Passive Voice (5-7 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Before starting them with exercise 1A. I will explain to them what the passive voice is and how it differs from the active voice. The rule that follows it: Passive = Object + "To be" + Past participle + (by + subject) I will give them a couple of active voice sentences and I will tell them to say it back to me but in the passive voice.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

On page 68 of the Cutting edge 3rd Edition book, students will work in pairs and try to figure out if the sentences in 1A are passive or active.

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

So in this free practice, students will be divided into pairs or groups of 3, depending on the number of students that show up. 1) I will then distribute a piece of paper with a country written on it. 2) Students will then, in groups or pairs, write the sentences in the passive voice about the country they have on the piece of paper. 3) Let other students guess what country they are talking about. An example will be given to them in order to clarify the task they need to do.

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