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The Passive isn’t the most exciting of grammar points now is it? It’s no second conditional, that’s for sure!! Here’s one way of engaging your students from the second you enter the room.
Enter your classroom in distress (practice your ‘shocked’ face in the mirror beforehand) and wait for your students reactions. Inform your students that a terrible crime was committed in the school last night and that students are now being questioned by the police.
Teacher: ‘Have you heard what happened?’
Students will ask you more questions. Use your talents and acting skills without giving too much away!
Everyone should be very engaged by your story so far…… now, for the news story!!
Tell your students the story has already been reported in the local paper. Bring a newspaper into class with you, open it and pretend to read the story from it. Paste your story to a page of the newspaper out of students view. Tell your students to listen carefully as you read but not to take any notes. (This is a great dictogloss task!)
Here’s a link to a text I use, (Burglary at English Language School), but you can adapt it to suit your own school/students if you wish!
Put students into pairs and ask them to discuss the story and what they heard. At this stage, they will probably have realised that its part of the lesson, but you’ll find that they are all still curious to know what happens!!
Now, read the story for a second time and this time, instruct your students to take note of the main ideas. Ask your students to work with their partner to compare their notes and get feedback.
Get them to work together and explain any unknown vocabulary to each other. Get feedback and drill some pronunciation of tricky vocabulary on the board.
Now, assign different partners and give two minutes to discuss what grammar point they think you will be focusing on today. If nobody is aware it’s the Passive Voice, write a sample sentence from the text on the whiteboard. Now ask students to underline all the passive voice examples from the text and begin eliciting the rules.
A highly engaging and fun way of introducing the passive in context to students…….Do you have any more ideas?