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It's a man's world

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 90 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic article about gender bias
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly identify the main ideas in the introduction of an authentic article about gender bias
  • Work in groups to correctly identify and share specific details from a section of the article
  • Identify the verb form and nouns that follow each phrase
  • Write a letter or email of complaint using the appropriate format and language

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Activities (9)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No student instructions

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core
  • Web site


Student instructions

Watch the video of tennis player Andy Murray talking to a journalist and discuss the questions.
1. How does Andy Murray correct the journalist?
2. Why does Murray seem unimpressed by the question?
3. Do you think the journalist learned anything from the conversation?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of 'a man's world' by showing how many people display sexist attitudes, even if these attitudes are unconscious.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

In a group, discuss the questions and choose your answers.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to get students to think further about gender equality and the gender data gap, as well as to predict content from the article they will read in later activities.
Allow students to discuss their ideas in pairs or small groups before making individual choices. Run the activity as a poll and send the results to the class, before holding a class discussion on why students chose the answers they did.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas of the article by reading the introduction and comparing the information given to the answers discussed in Lead in.
The article has some challenging vocabulary, some of which is referred to in the Language notes, but students should be encouraged to use dictionaries and start making lists of new language. However, they should try to keep their lists related to the main topic of the text.

 

Jigsaw reading 1

Jigsaw reading 1

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

Your teacher will assign one section of the article to your group. Read it and and make notes on the questions. Then compare your answers with the others in your group.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have groups of students read and understand a section of the article in order to be able to explain their sections to other students in Jigsaw reading 2.

 

Jigsaw reading 2

Jigsaw reading 2

Recommendations

  • 17 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to share the information from each section with other groups.
Put students into new groups, with each member of a group having read a different section. Have students share their answers to the questions in Jigsaw reading 1.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 13 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about the issues raised in the article, and then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to respond to the issues raised in the reading activities by discussing examples of how design can favour some groups over others.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 20 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to write a letter or email of complaint about a product or service which demonstrates a lack of consideration for a particular group of people. Students should consult the reference material to help them plan their letter or email.
Students may write drafts of their letters on paper before submitting their final versions.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review and practise using a new word that they learned during the lesson.
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