Caitlin Miller Caitlin Miller

TP8 Present Simple Passive
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice using the present simple passive tense through the TTT framework. We will begin with a lead in about their favorite songs. Then I will gauge their knowledge of active vs passive with the first test. After we will cover meaning, form with a GD task, and pronunciation. They will then do test 2 which will be more difficult. Afterwards they will move on to freer practice where they will form a band and try to use the TL to answer each other's questions.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice and clarification of the present simple passive tense in the context of music.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in the context of forming a band.
  • To provide practice with pronunciation, specifically stresses and linking of the marker sentences.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Share link immediately Ask students: Who sings your favorite song? I shared the jam board link, tell us by using a note Demo: For example, my favorite song is sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Acknowledge student answers

Test #1 (5-7 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Share link to task 1 I want you to tell me if the sentence is active or passive. Check yes or no Demo: complete the first one with the student. You have 2 minutes Last question is tricky, but meant to get them thinking about different tenses BoR for 2 minutes to check answers in pairs OCFB: quickly showing answers - will clear any confusion through MFP

Teach (12-14 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Meaning: When and why do we use the simple present passive tense? The simple present passive tense is generally used to talk about: a, b, c, or d? all of the above CCQs Do we use it when talking about the future or the present? (no the present) Do we use it when talking about something that happens often? (yes - like habits) But why? Why would we use the simple present passive tense? a, b, c, or d CCQs Do we use it when the subject is more important to us? (no the object) Can we use it when the action is performed by many people or people in general? (yes) Do we use it when the person doing the action is unknown? (yes) BUT if we do know who it is we can use "by" (uncover example) Form: Active "She plays the guitar" Right now our focus is on 'she', but can you think of a way we can shift our focus on to 'the guitar'? Draw arrow from guitar to she send link to GD I want you to find the present passive formula in your groups, you will have 3 minutes, complete what you can. (its okay if they don't complete it all, doing the first one will help them understand when we cover F together) Demo first one: The guitar is played by her. What is the object (or agent?) Ask if anyone knows what agent means. An agent is referring to someone who does an action, comes after 'by'.The person who produces the action. This is a hint that 'she' becomes 'her' and is now the object. Close BoR and ask students to elicit the answers for me to show on the jam board. When we get to "be" uncover "am, is, are" to show we only use the present tense of be" Many past participles are the same as the past tense. If we want to say who is the doer of the action we use 'by' The object becomes the new subject. If you want to turn it into a question what do you do? (ask class) Move "be" in front of the subject If you want to make it a negative sentence what do you do? Add not after is (can be contracted) Elicit the form of the last two sentences Uncover the note they shouldn't be trying to make it passive w/o object Ask if they have any questions Pronunciation: I want you to listen for the sound that is the strongest Say the sentence 1-2 times another if they still aren't sure After they find the stresses, ask if they can hear the linking repeat 1 -2 times ask students to drill with a focus on the stresses and the link Repeat for sentence 2 and 3 At the end ask if they hear if the sound goes up or down What about if its a question?

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

In groups, I want you to try and make these sentences passive for 4-5 minutes. Demo the first one: ask what is the object? (song) If we want to make it passive what do we do? Make it the subject Monitor students/help as needed Conduct OCFB

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

For at least 6 minutes You are in a band with your partners now. You must decide your roles with in the band. Some questions to get you started: demo: Who play which instrument? ex: "The drums are played by me" Feel free to ask your bandmates different questions about their talents and favorite music/musicians. Try to use present simple passive when possible! Conduct OCFB: elicit a couple answers from students

DEC (2-4 minutes) • To provide delayed error correction

Have students correct mistakes on screen. Choose which answer is correct and/maybe pronunciation practice

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