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This lesson plan for secondary and adult students looks at the theme of gender stereotypes and equality.


This lesson plan is adapted from the British Council publication Integrating Global Issues in the Creative English Language Classroom, which offers classroom activities that focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This lesson plan focuses on Goal 5: Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and is based on an activity from chapter 6 of the publication. In it, students will reflect on gender stereotypes, discuss human rights, review vocabulary related to rights and look at a timeline of women’s rights in the UK. They will also develop their speaking skills in a discussion activity, and have the option to research their own timeline for another country.

This lesson has been adapted from the lesson 'Taking liberties' in the publication 'Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom' (Chapter 6 - Activity 4)


  • To reflect on gender stereotypes
  • To read about human rights
  • To practice speaking in a discussion about human rights
  • To review vocabulary related to rights and freedoms
  • To practice giving opinions

Age and level

Secondary and adult students at CEFR level B1 and above


Approximately 60 minutes


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format

  • Lesson plan for remote teaching contexts
  • Lesson plan for face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Remote teaching class presentation
  • Student worksheets