ESL/ EFL intermediate lesson plan (B1) – Passive Voice
Lesson Functions: Passive Voice
Target Vocabulary: Communication + Idioms
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1. Listen to the texts and fill in the blanks:
By the end of the 19th century, London had turned into a thriving and __________. Its inhabitants were moving around, and since London Bridge was the only bridge over the Thames until then, the need for a new one was becoming __________.
Simply put, the Internet, as we know it, is a global network of computers linked together that___________. Currently, it is one of the most convenient ways to access information (news, blogs, podcasts), to contact friends and family (e-mail, messengers), and entertain oneself.
2. Answer the questions:
- What do the Internet and Tower Bridge have in common?
- Why was another bridge over the Themes needed at the end of the 19th century?
- What is the Internet?
3. Match the idioms with their meaning:
|beat around the bush||to talk to someone briefly|
|touch base||informal oral communication|
|word of mouth||to not say something directly (usually when it’s bad news)|
We use Passive Voice
1. When the object is more important than the subject.
2. When the subject is unknown.
1. Change the verbs to make passive:.
2. Change the active voice to passive voice:
- The architects approved the design.
- The robot picked up the receiver, and dialed a number.
- I received an important e-mail this morning.
1. Write a small text (up to 15 sentences) using at least four of the idioms from the box:
drop me a line | beat around the bush | get straight to the point |
keep me posted | word of mouth | touch base
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