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Marriage equality in Australia

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: In the news

  • 60 min
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B2
  • C1


Learning goals

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic news article on marriage equality
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Identify the main ideas in the article
  • Choose the correct definitions for new words based on their use in the article
  • Correctly answer questions about the content of the article
  • Relate the content of the article to your own experiences or opinions

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Suggestions

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

This lesson is about sexuality and LGBT issues. It is important that the lesson is conducted in a way that does not lead to any form of discriminatory, threatening, or disrespectful language or behaviour in the classroom. Maintain an atmosphere of inclusivity in the classroom, and avoid implying that LGBT people are somehow different to a 'normal' type of person. This lesson may be run as part of a wider discussion of sexual identity and equality.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Suggestions

  • 4 min
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Instructions

Choose the correct answer to the questions. Look online or in a dictionary for answers if necessary.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of gender, same-sex relationships, LGBT issues, and the Australian context. It is possible that students will know the answers in advance, but they can use their general knowledge to make informed guesses.

After students have answered the questions, ask if anyone knows why this issue is important in Australia just now. If necessary, explain that Australia recently held a postal survey on a proposal to give same-sex couples the right to marry.

 

Lead in 1

Lead in 1

Suggestions

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions in the Lead in 2 activity.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide students with context about the situation of same-sex couples in Australia. It prepares students for the discussion questions in Lead in 2.

 

Lead in 2

Lead in 2

Suggestions

  • 3 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Instructions

Discuss the questions about the video in Lead in 1.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check students' understanding of the main points from the video and discuss the topic.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Suggestions

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check students' understanding of the main ideas in the article.

Before reading the headline and discussing its meaning, ask students if they know what the result of the survey was. A large majority, 61.6%, voted in favour of equal marriage for same-sex couples.

 

Language

Language

Suggestions

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Instructions

Match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to expand the students' range of vocabulary and practise guessing meaning from context. Students should refer to the article with the vocabulary in bold while completing the activity.

 

Practice

Practice

Suggestions

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the sentences, using the key language. You may need to change the form of some words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the words from the Language activity in context.

This is a different topic from the video clip in this lesson, but it continues the theme of activism and campaigning for change.

 

Comprehend

Comprehend

Suggestions

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to further students’ understanding of the article. Any answers that are reasonably close to the model answers are acceptable.

 

Respond

Respond

Suggestions

  • 7 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Instructions

Read the background information about the Australian marriage equality survey and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to respond to the article and other issues relating to the topic. The stimulus text has some background information which will inform students in their discussion.

 

Follow Up

Follow Up

Suggestions

  • 15 mins
  • Group, Class, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the topic of the lesson in a broader context. Use discretion if you think that the questions in this activity may cause some students in class to feel uncomfortable.

Try to focus on the positive aspects of marriage equality. Avoid turning the activity into a form of debate, where one side has to take on a position of defending prejudiced views.

If a country has partial marriage equality laws, then some areas of the country have either implemented the law in different ways, or have not implemented the laws at all, while others have done so.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Suggestions

  • 1 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to consider how their knowledge has developed during the lesson.

 
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