Equality at Work – hypothetical debating

OK so, it being International Women’s Day, we couldn’t very well do a lower level lesson and not give you a higher level one. The idea with this one is to get them thinking about quite a tricky hypothetical situation.

The language throughout the lesson builds so that they can finally have a debate on the subject.

Level: Upper intermediate / Advanced

Time: 2-3 hours

Objective:  by the end of the lesson the students will be able to have a debate on a hypothetical situation


  1. Equality at work teachers’ copy
  2. Equality at work


The procedure for this one is pretty straight-forward, especially with the teachers’ copy and the answers.

What I will say is that the idea is to herd your students towards a situation where they are able to handle a debate on quite a high level, hypothetical topic. This not only develops their language skills but also their critical thinking skills. It’s not always easy to play devil’s advocate and they might just have to in this situation.

Depending on your group, they might need more or less hand-holding. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Good luck



4 thoughts on “Equality at Work – hypothetical debating

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  2. Hi!
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It is incredinly helpful for me as I intend to plan a lesson on IWD and one of the outcomes will be to campaign in class in favour of equality (using passive mainly) and post our ideas online. I did something similar in the past using the hashtag #sparksofhumanity to make it a bit more social and seek some authentic output too.
    I’ll keep you informed if you like and Ill try to find the time to share and post the lesson on my blog.

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