The Passive Voice – Teaching Strategies

Welcome to our “Passive Voice – Teaching Strategies” Webinar!

This Passive Voice webinar was shot on August 3rd 2015 at 8am (EST/NYC time). This was our first Webinar series focusing on the Passive Voice and Passive constructions and the session went over very well.
In this video, James Heywood  provides instruction for teachers to cover the passive voice in the ESL context, for both online and in-person classes.

Remember, your goal as a teacher when covering the Passive Voice with your ESL students is:

  • To teach the student to feel comfortable with the grammatical terms
  • To allow the student to understand both the form and the function of the passive voice ad constructions
  • To give the student enough confidence to start using the passive voice and passive constructions spontaneously

In this webinar we cover the main grammatical and teaching strategy points for you to achieve these goals with your ESL students.
We finalized the webinar, by providing a tour of Off2Class and how to use the teaching tool for your lessons. Go to minute 31:00 to see a demonstration of Off2Class.
About the author:
James is an online ESL teacher and co-founder of Off2Class. He has a background in language and linguistics and has logged over 4500 hours of online ESL tutoring in the last 3 years. You can read more about him here. He is head of content creation at Off2Class and has recently released our Passive Constructions category, which includes 12 lessons designed to get you teaching the Passive Voice and Passive Constructions to your ESL students. You can read more about our Passive Voice series here.
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As always, whether you attended the webinar or not, let us know if you’ve got any feedback! We would love to hear from anyone thinking of (or already) teaching Passive Constructions to their ESL students!


  • Ekaterina says:

    May 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I felt like sharing my opinion on the webinar. I like the visuals you presented, I am sure it was quite easier to listen while watching the slides.
    I do, however, think that it was just too complex. I mean, such passive voice presentation may be introduced to students of a university, studying linguistics or something. But to simple people willing to talk? That’s just too much. Seriously.
    Anyways, thanks for the information you shared and I hope your next videos will be a bit more down to Earth.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      May 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Hi Ekaterina,
      Thanks for your feedback.
      The webinar was aimed at teachers, not students. In the webinar I show strategies for teachers to enable them to better teach passive constructions. It is not intended for viewing by students, but rather to help teachers understand what a teacher needs to know before attempting to teach passive constructions to students.
      My webinars are to help teachers understand grammar and grammatical concepts better, in order to teach students more effectively. None of my webinars is intended for students.
      Best wishes,

      • Ekaterina says:

        May 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

        Hi James!
        Thanks for your response!
        Maybe I expressed myself unclearly, I thought what you have been showing is the strategy of teaching. That is, that I take the material you have and present to my student. I didn’t think it was a lesson of grammar for teachers.

        • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

          May 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

          In the webinar I show a selection of examples that I use to teach different passive constructions. So yes, the content would not necessarily be suitable for all students. On Off2Class we currently have 12 lessons that cover passive constructions, which move from the passive voice in the present simple and past simple, to constructions requiring get and have. It will certainly depend on your students’ level as to what you are able to teach them.
          For example, I can use all of the Off2Class content with a particular 14-year-old student, however, I do not make reference to all of the grammar when teaching him. It’s just important that I, as the teacher, understand what the grammar is, because it helps me to answer students’ questions, and mostly, to understand what difficulties students face when learning new areas of the English language.
          I appreciate your feedback and thank you for stopping by.

          • Ekaterina says:

            May 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

            Dear James
            Thanks for the explanation! I’d express my wish to know ( maybe in the next webinar) which level you recommend the information for, like, constructions get and have – level C1 etc.
            I will check the contents of your website too, I suppose it will be useful for my classes 🙂

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