Mária Molnárová Mária Molnárová

Teaching Practice 7
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn the use of passive voice in present simple and past simple tense.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the passive voice in the context of travelling and historical buildings.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in written and possibly spoken expression of the passive.


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

I will write the word 'haunted' on WB and ask if they know what it means. I will explain. Then I'll ask if anyone believes in ghosts and whether they know about any building in Istanbul that is haunted.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

I will pre-teach the necessary vocabulary first. They I'll give out a leaflet HO on the history and some fun facts about the Tower of London. Students will read individually and will answer the true or false questions after - they can do this in pairs. We will check together.

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will write a model sentence on the WB and ask the students what is special about that sentence. Then I'll ask them to find me similar sentences in the text. We will write some of them on WB.

Clarification (5-6 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I will write some of the sentences students tell me from the text. I will explain why they are passive, compare them to active sentences created from the passive ones and explain when we use the passive. Since there is both simple present and simple past in the text, I will explain that one is used in the present and on in the past, just to be sure. I will write the form on WB.

Controlled Practice 1 (4-5 minutes) • To concept check the meaning of the target language

I will give out a HO with sentences in passive. Students will categorize them accordingly: we don't know who did it; it's not important who did it; it's a well known fact; we know who did it, but we focus on the action. We will check together.

Controlled practice 2 (4-5 minutes) • To check students understand the difference between the use of a verb in active and passive

I ill give out a HO with an exercise with sentences where students have to put the correct form of verb - either active or passive. We will check together.

Semi-controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with a freer practice of the target language

Students will pick a historical building they know or they can come up with an imaginary one. They will make a leaflet similar to the one I gave them in the beginning of the lesson. They will present it to the class.

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