Passive voice help

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  • seher
    2 May, 2006 at 18:59
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    hi everbody, i need your help :)i am an ELT student and i have to prepare a grammar lesson. My subject is passive voice along with causative forms and i need some funny interesting and effective ideas sources and materials, i would be grateful if u can help me :D

    7 May, 2006 at 19:05
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    Reply To: help me :)

    Hi Seher

    This is a fun general knowledge game to practise passive voice, but is mainly restricted to the past tense:

    Create some categories for general knowledge questions, for example, inventions, movies, writers, etc. Now write three questions of increasing difficulty for each category.

    Write the categories on the board, and split your students in to two or more teams. The teams take it in turns to choose a category, and say whether they would like a 1 point (easiest), 2 point, or 3 point (hardest) question. It’s a little like the quiz show \"Jeopardy\", if you know it!!

    Ask the question to the team, for example in the writers category, \"Who wrote The Da Vinci Code?\". The team must answer using the passive voice, i.e. \"The Da Vinci Code was written by Dan Brown\". If they are correct, they get 1, 2 or 3 points, depending on the difficulty of the question selected. You can continue until all the questions in all the categories have been asked.

    Another idea for passive voice is \"dominoes\". Create some dominoes with the second half of a passive sentence on the left, and the first half of the next sentence on the right. Students must join all the dominoes together – this can be used to practise passive in many different tenses.

    Hope these are useful for you – let me know how you get on!


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