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The lesson can be used for Anti-Bullying Week or as a stand-alone lesson.

In this lesson, students will learn about the problem of bullies and how to behave if you are a bystander. Note that there is no emphasis on victims of bullying, because you may have victims in your own class and it is important to be sensitive about this. The aim is not to point the finger at anyone, but instead to discuss and question our beliefs about what bullying is and how it can be dealt with.

Students begin the lesson by discussing their own attitudes towards bullies, bullying and the role of bystanders. Next, they read two texts about bullies and bystanders. Finally, the students return to their original attitudes. They discuss to what extent our attitudes promote or prevent bullying. As a further optional activity, students prepare a poster for an anti-bullying campaign.


  • To raise students’ awareness of the role of bystanders
  • To develop students’ spoken fluency and improve reading skills
  • To develop higher-level critical thinking skills by encouraging students to question their beliefs
  • To celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in November


Secondary (13–15 year olds) CEF level B1 and above


45–60 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1