Saturday, May 31, 2014

Present Passive Versus Past Passive: Find Your Partner

(TESOL Worksheets)
Google Docs Here
[A standard find your partner game.  Cut up the boxes and distribute it to students.  The students then have to walk around the room to find a partner who has a sentence with the same meaning. The format of this sheet got a little bit lost posting to blogger, but ideally all of the cards should be of the same size. Some of these sentences are taken from the Headway activity book, others are my own.  Because I've found low level students can get very confused by this activity, I've added a worksheet at the bottom to review with the the students afterwards.  This activity is essentially the same as this one, but instead of present passive versus present continuous passive, this is designed to practice the difference between past passive and present passive.]

 

The teacher teaches the student
The student is taught by the teacher.
The student teaches the teacher.
The teacher is taught by the student.
The teacher taught the student.
The student was taught by the teacher.
The student taught the teacher.
The teacher was taught by the student.
Big fish catch little fish.
Little fish are caught by big fish.
Little fish catch big fish.
Big fish are caught by little fish.
Big fish caught little fish.
Little fish were caught by big fish.
Little fish caught big fish.
Big fish were caught by little fish.
The dog bites the man.
The man is bitten by the dog.
The man bites the dog.
The dog is bitten by the man.
The dog bit the man.
The man was bitten by the dog.
The man bit the dog.
The dog was bitten by the man.
Mary wakes up John.
John is woken up by Mary.
John wakes up Mary.
Mary is woken up by John.
Mary woke up John.
John was woken up by Mary.
John woke up Mary.
Mary was woken up by John.
The mother holds the baby.
The baby is held by the mother.
The baby holds the mother.
The mother is held by the baby.
The mother held the baby.
The baby was held by the mother.
The baby held the mother.
The mother was held by the baby.





Which two sentences have the same meaning?

______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______
1.     The teacher teaches the student
2.     The student taught the teacher.
3.     The student is taught by the teacher.
4.     The teacher taught the student.
5.     The student was taught by the teacher.
6.     The teacher was taught by the student.
7.     The teacher is taught by the student.
8.    The student teaches the teacher.



Which two sentences have the same meaning?

______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______

1.          Big fish caught little fish.
2.          Little fish are caught by big fish.
3.          Little fish were caught by big fish.
4.          Big fish were caught by little fish.
5.          Big fish catch little fish.
6.          Big fish are caught by little fish.
7.          Little fish caught big fish.
8.          Little fish catch big fish.



Which two sentences have the same meaning?

______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______
1.          The dog bites the man.
2.          The man bites the dog.
3.          The man is bitten by the dog.
4.          The man was bitten by the dog.
5.          The dog is bitten by the man.
6.          The dog bit the man.
7.          The dog was bitten by the man.
8.          The man bit the dog.









Which two sentences have the same meaning?

______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______
1.          John woke up Mary.
2.          Mary wakes up John.
3.          John was woken up by Mary.
4.          Mary woke up John.
5.          Mary was woken up by John.
6.          John is woken up by Mary.
7.          John wakes up Mary.
8.          Mary is woken up by John.



Which two sentences have the same meaning?

______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______           ______=_______
1.          The mother held the baby.
2.          The baby is held by the mother.
3.          The baby holds the mother.
4.          The mother holds the baby.
5.          The mother is held by the baby.
6.          The mother was held by the baby.
7.          The baby was held by the mother.
8.          The baby held the mother.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Present Perfect versus Past Simple: Dictation


[The teacher reads the text, and the students fill in the missing words. All the missing words are either present perfect, or past simple. The present perfect are mostly contracted (weak) forms, so the students must listen for the weak form of the present perfect.]

Listen to your teacher read the story, and fill in the missing words:
My Travels in Ruritania
            ________________ to Ruritania?  I have.  What a beautiful country.  I ________________  there so many times, I ________________  count.  Where to start?
            Well, the first time I ________________  there was in 2003.  That was an interesting time.  I ________________ many experiences in my life, but nothing like that.
            First of all, I ________________ swimming in the beautiful lakes and rivers there.  I ________________ swimming in most of the lakes in Europe, but the lakes in Ruritania were more beautiful than anything else I had ever seen before.
            Then, I ________________ the finest food at the Ruritanian hotel.  Now, when I say it was the finest food, I know what I'm talking about.  I________________ delicious food in every country.  I ________________  gourmet food in France, Italy, and Spain.  But nothing was as good as the food I ________________  at Ruritania.
                        Oh, and I shouldn't forget to tell you about the wonderful wine.  I ________________  the best wine in Ruritania.  I ________________  wine in all the great European cities, but nothing like the wine I ________________  in Ruritania.
            Also, I ________________  lots of interesting people in Ruritania.  I ________________  the King, the Prince, the Queen, the Duke, and the Duchess.  It was amazing.  I ________________ lots of people in my life, but nobody as amazing as the Royal Court of Ruritania.
            Also, the scenery was absolutely beautiful.  I should show you my photographs.  I ________________ all over Europe, and I ________________ photos in every country I ________________  to.  But nothing was as beautiful as the photos I ________________  in Ruritania.
            Lastly, there was the singing and dancing.   Now, I know people in every country like music, but I ________________  music from all over the world, and none of it could compare with the music I ________________  in Ruritania.  And I ________________  dancing from all over the world, but the dancing I ________________ in Ruritania was the absolute best.



My Travels in Ruritania
          Have you ever been to Ruritania?  I have.  What a beautiful country.  I've been there so many times, I've lost count.  Where to start?
          Well, the first time I went there was in 2003.  That was an interesting time.  I have had many experiences in my life, but nothing like that.
          First of all, I went swimming in the beautiful lakes and rivers there.  I've been swimming in most of the lakes in Europe, but the lakes in Ruritania were more beautiful than anything else I had ever seen before.
          Then, I ate the finest food at the Ruritanian hotel.  Now, when I say it was the finest food, I know what I'm talking about.  I've eaten delicious food in every country.  I've eaten gourmet food in France, Italy, and Spain.  But nothing was as good as the food I ate at Ruritania.
                   Oh, and I shouldn't forget to tell you about the wonderful wine.  I drank the best wine in Ruritania.  I've drunk wine in all the great European cities, but nothing like the wine I drank in Ruritania.
          Also, I met lots of interesting people in Ruritania.  I met the King, the Prince, the Queen, the Duke, and the Duchess.  It was amazing.  I've met lots of people in my life, but nobody as amazing as the Royal Court of Ruritania.
          Also, the scenery was absolutely beautiful.  I should show you my photographs.  I've travelled all over Europe, and I've taken photos in every country I've been to.  But nothing was as beautiful as the photos I took in Ruritania.
          Lastly, there was the singing and dancing.   Now, I know people in every country like music, but I've heard music from all over the world, and none of it could compare with the music I heard in Ruritania.  And I've seen dancing from all over the world, but the dancing I saw in Ruritania was the absolute best.



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Active Passive Scrambled Sentences

(TESOL Worksheets)
Google Docs Version Here
[Students are put into groups of 3 or 4.  The word cards are cut into separate cards and scrambled.  Students are given a set of scrambled word cards, a glue stick, and 2 papers with blank boxes to insert the words.  The students have to make an active sentence and a corresponding passive sentence with the same meaning.  A variety of different sentences are possible, and any correct sentence gets one point.  When the groups have finished, the teacher marks the papers.  Groups are given a chance to correct any mistakes to regain lost points.  The team with the most points is the winner.]


Americans
speak
English
English
is
spoken
by
Americans
the teacher
teaches
the students
the students
are
taught
by
the teacher
students
read
books
books
are
read
by
students
writers
write
books
books
are
written
by
writers
people
watch
movies
movies
are
watched
by
people
I
drive
a car
a car
is
driven
by
me
cats
catch
mice
mice
are
caught
by
cats
cleaners
clean
the building
the building
is
cleaned
by
cleaners
I
wear
shoes
shoes
are
worn
by
me
people
eat
chocolate
chocolate
is
eaten
by
people





Make active and passive sentences with the same meaning:
1.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






2.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






3.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






4.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






5.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive








6.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






7.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






8.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






9.                                                                                 Active                                                             



Passive






10.                                                                               Active                                                             



Passive