Recently we conducted a Webinar titled “How To Teach the Passive Voice and Passive Constructions”. The webinar was so popular that we decided to release the presentation for FREE Download. You can find a recording of the webinar here.
In the Webinar presentation we cover the basics of how to teach the passive voice, as well as some more advanced constructions. We have a series of 12 lessons to make teaching the passive to your ESL students simple, that you can find on our Teacher Tab.
First, we covered a quick review of what is voice in English grammar:
Voice describes the relationship between:
- a. the verb
- b. the thing that does the verb, and
- c. the thing that receives the action of the verb.
This is a purposefully simple definition that we use with our own ESL students!
Secondly, we covered a quick review of the main items you need to be comfortable with for teaching the passive voice to your students:
- Subject and Object
- Agent and Recipient
- Transitive / Intransitive / Ditransitive / Object-Complement and Stative Verbs
- The given-new contract
- The end-weight principle
- Passive constructions with the passive voice
We then discussed the main uses of the passive (for examples when teaching the passive to your students):
- To describe processes, especially in writing
- To introduce new information
- For an unknown, unimportant or understood agent
And we finalized with some other common passive constructions:
- Passive in complements
- Passive in complements with get and have
- Happenstance passives
The webinar was very well received. Remember, you can watch a recording of the webinar here. It’s definitely worth watching if The Passive is something that you are uncomfortable teaching, or if you would like to see the way another teacher teaches it.