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Diversity: Human rights and equality

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 65 mins
  • In class
  • Speaking
  • B1, B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an article about psychology
  • Be able to tell a personal story

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Give descriptions of people, giving reasons
  • Identify the meaning and use of key language from an article about 'othering'
  • Correctly answer questions about the article
  • Plan and tell a story about diversity and difference
  • Share opinions on the topic of diverse values

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This lesson deals with controversial topics, and you might only want to run it in classes where the students know each other well, and there is a high degree of trust between students and the teacher. You may want to set some ground rules of communication, for example:

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to warm students up and highlight the somewhat arbitrary differences that we sometimes use to categorize people.
Following the activity, ask students if they have given neutral answers, or if their answers reveal assumptions about the people based on their apparent gender, colour, race, religion, or sexuality.

 

Lead in 1

Lead in 1

Recommendations

  • 1 min
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Video


Student instructions

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


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to show the idea of scapegoating, which will be discussed in the following Lead in 2 activity.
Before students watch the video, ask them what they think the word scapegoating means. After watching the video, have them compare what they discussed to how the video explains it.

 

Lead in 2

Lead in 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the topic of scapegoating as shown in the video in Lead in 1.
Depending on your class, the questions can be discussed in pairs, groups, or as a whole class. After students have finished discussing the questions, ask them whether this kind of behaviour is fair, and whether you have to be a bad person to scapegoat someone, or whether it can be done by anybody.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to define some key vocabulary in order to understand the text in Read. As this is being done before students see the text, they will not yet see the vocabulary in context, but you can explain that the words relate to the field of psychology.


 

Read

Read

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the article about 'othering' and then answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas and some details from an article about othering.
Variation
Students with strong listening skills have the option of watching an authentic video with the same information in order to answer the questions.

 

Skill focus

Skill focus

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Support activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Read the reference material ‘A personal story’ and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to make students aware of the structure and content of personal stories.
This prepares students for the Plan and produce activity.
Suggested answers

 

Plan and produce

Plan and produce

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to describe an incident that they have seen where someone was treated badly.
If they are comfortable with it, students may choose to tell a story where they themselves were being othered, or were othering someone else.

 

Follow up 1

Follow up 1

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and then discuss the questions in Follow up 2


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is extend the topic of the lesson to notice othering narratives in society.
Video note
On rare occasions, the links to the online videos in EF Class may become unavailable.

 

Follow up 2

Follow up 2

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about the video in Follow up 1 and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the topic of diverse values, and differences between groups and individuals, in the context of the students' own experiences and opinions.
Extension

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

Answer the questions and then discuss them with a partner.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they didn't understand in the lesson, and discuss this with a partner.

 
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