Workshop “Misunderstood Passive: Do We Need It?”
The Passive voice is considered unfashionable in academic writing and, increasingly, in other genres too. Why is this? Do we really need this grammar structure? Is this true all over the English-speaking world? The seminar will answer these questions. We will look at some uses and abuses of the Passive, compare British, American, and Russian academic conventions and come to a conclusion about how to deal with this controversial language point in our writing.
Speaker: Heather Belgorodtseva, a teacher trainer working on CELTA and post-CELTA courses such as the International House Certificate in Advanced Methodology and DELTA modules 1 and 3. She has worked for over 20 years as an English teacher and teacher trainer in Russia and the UK, in private language schools and in further education. She also has a long term interest in blogging, starting her first blog in 2006.
Target audience: HSE teachers, researchers, and graduate students
Date & Time: November 20, 17:30 - 19:30