What is done/Why did you go?
What is done is a no-preparation game that provides controlled practice of passive voice or phrases of purpose while also reinforcing collocations related to different places in town. With some variation it can be altered to have students producing sentences in a different tense.
1: Assign students into small groups or pairs.
2: Write on the board the name of a place in town e.g. hospital, bakery, post office. It is even better if you can show students a picture.
3: Give students a couple of minutes to either:
- think of as many things as possible that are done in this place (if practising the passive),
- think of as many reasons as possible that someone went to this place.
4: Ask each team to give a sentence about the place using the target language.
5: The last team who can continue to give new sentences wins a point.
6: Change the place in town to play a few more rounds. The team with the most points wins the game.
S1: At the bank accounts are opened.
S2: Money is taken out.
S3: Loans are offered.
You can apply this activity to other forms of the passive voice. For example showing a crime scene photo could be used for past or future passive voice as students suggest what was done (by the perpetrator and investigators) or what will be done (by investigators).
You could set students the task of designing an all-purpose centre, where visitors will be able to do everything they can currently do in a town in one place. Students then write about their centre, design a poster and present to the class.
|In order to open an account|
So as to withdraw money
|In order to get better|
So as to visit my uncle
|Police station||Suspects held|
|In order to report a crime|
So as to help the police
|In order to work quietly|
So as to find a book
|Clothes shop||Clothes tried on|
|In order to buy a new hat|
So as to return the trousers that didn’t fit