This lesson is about the process men had to go through in order to be excused from military service during World War I. The role play personalises the events to make them more accessible and to bring the period alive, giving the historical events more meaning. Students will practise their reading and speaking skills; the lesson culminates in a role play in which students must argue the case for and against military conscription for individual people.

These British reservists of the Grenadier Guards are reporting for their medical inspections on the day after Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914. © IWM (Q 67397)


Topic: How people tried to be excused from military service in World War I

Level: B2 /C1

Time: 90 minutes


  • To develop students’ speaking and reading skills.
  • To give students exposure to phrasal verbs.

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