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Describing changes to learn passive sentences
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:03:53 PM »
Hi, I found great idea for ESL teacher. This activity is modified from the book called Grammar Practice Activities by Penny Ur.

Passive sentences in various tenses; oral brainstorm; optionally, the structure need(s) doing/to be done.

Materials: pairs of pictures showing a situation or place before and after a set of changes. (it's like spot the difference, when you google spot the difference, there are a lot of websites you can get pictures.)

1. Ask the students to imagine that the second picture is the present and to describe what has been done. Or, let them assume that the first is the present, and describe what they know will be done (i.e. the second picture)
2. Ask students to write down the sentences based on what has been being changed with their observation.
3. Have students to compare their writings.

Variation: If you show a simple map, or a picture of a town, you can ask students to think of changes that have been made over the last few years, things that are going to be done in the future. Ask students to tell you the changes that seem to them to be for the worse, or for the bettwer. Or what they think needs to be done or needs doing---- will it in fact be done?