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International Literacy Day

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A reading, speaking and writing lesson to develop digital literacy and raise awareness of the importance of equal opportunities.


This lesson plan, which looks at ideas related to International Literacy Day on 8 September, is written by Daniel Xerri and comes from chapter five of the book Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom: With reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey.

Students work in groups of four and discuss the layout, content and purpose of different infographics. Students then decide what they consider to be the most important piece of information from the infographics, share their views and reach an agreement about the most significant fact. Finally, they create a poster with visuals and a brief slogan or message about their important fact.


  • Raise awareness of the importance of equal opportunities in education
  • Develop digital literacy
  • Enable students to identify and describe the purpose or content of each part of an infographic
  • Enable students to read the data in an infographic and discuss what they regard as the most significant piece of information
  • Develop students’ reading, speaking and writing skills

Age group:

Teenagers and adults


CEF level B1 and above


40–55 minutes, plus follow-up in another lesson.


  • Before the lesson, you will need to download a poster about International Literacy Day and five infographics or fact sheets about girls and women in education. The teacher's notes provide suggested infographics or fact sheets to use.

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Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1