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LGBT rights in India

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 70 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • C1


Learning goals:

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

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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 (10)

Introduction

Introduction

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  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This lesson is about sexuality and LGBT issues. It is important that any discussions are conducted in a way that do not lead to any form of discriminatory, threatening, or disrespectful language or behaviour. At all times, maintain an atmosphere of inclusivity in the classroom.
This lesson may be run as part of a wider discussion of sexual identity and equality.

 

Warm up

Warm up

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  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Search online and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide background on India and give context for the article that students will read.
Suggested answers

  • From 1757 to 1947. British control of India began when a British organization called the East India Company militarily defeated the rulers of the land now known as India. The East India Company was set up to trade around the world, and became a political and military force in the countries it operated in. The British government took direct control of India in 1858 after the East India Company began to lose military control in India, a period of time known as the 'British Raj'. India gained independence from Britain after many years of campaigning by leaders like Mahatma Gandhi.
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    Lead in

    Lead in

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


    Student instructions

    Watch the video and discuss the questions:
    1. What happened?
    2. How did people react to it?


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of the September 2018 Indian Supreme Court decision to decriminalize gay sex. This gives students some extra context for the reading activities in this lesson.
    Have students watch the video and discuss what happened and what the reaction to the event has been.

     

    Main ideas

    Main ideas

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    • 7 mins
    • Individual, Pair
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    No instructions


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to identify the main ideas in a text. Students can read the reference material 'Skimming' to find out more about how to read for main ideas.
    The article contains many advanced items of vocabulary, but students should be encouraged not to look up new words or focus on detail at this stage. Explain that they will read the article again in later activities.

     

    Language

    Language

    Recommendations

    • 7 mins
    • Individual, Pair
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    Match the definitions to the words and phrases.


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to expand 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.
    Have students work in pairs and look up the different forms of the words.


     

    Practice

    Practice

    Recommendations

    • 8 mins
    • Individua, Pair
    • Support activity


    Student instructions

    Fill in the gaps to complete the paragraphs, using the key language. You may need to change the form of some words. You do not need to use all the words.


    Teacher notes

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

     

    Comprehend

    Comprehend

    Recommendations

    • 8 mins
    • Individual, Pair
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    Read the article again and answer the questions.


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to further students’ understanding of the article and to practise reading for detail and inference.
    Students can consult the reference material on reading for detail and inference. Those needing extra support can use the Glossary to check the meaning of some of the more difficult language items.

     

    Respond

    Respond

    Recommendations

    • 6 mins
    • Pair, Group
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    Discuss these questions in pairs or small groups.


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they have read about in the article, and relate it to their own lives and experiences.
    Have students read the questions individually first and think about what they want to say. Encourage them to think about how they could use language they have studied in the lesson. Then put them in pairs or small groups to share their opinions.

     

    Follow up

    Follow up

    Recommendations

    • 15 mins
    • Individual, Pair
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    No instructions


    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to further the discussion on the topic of LGBT rights and have students write a report about a law or policy that is still harmful to the LGBT community.
    Have students refer to the points that were discussed in the article and Respond activity to help them with ideas.

     

    Exit ticket

    Follow up

    Recommendations

    • 4 mins
    • Individual
    • Core activity


    Student instructions

    No 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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