Has cancel culture gone too far?

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Vocabulary - CAE multiple-choice cloze task

multiple-choice cloze task


In this lesson students learn vocabulary useful to talk about cancel culture, do a CAE multiple-choice cloze task, watch a video, and get the opportunity to discuss cancel culture and freedom of speech in depth. 

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
75 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


The lesson starts with a brainstorming activity in which students come up with words associated with the idea of freedom. After the brief introduction, students match halves of four quotes about freedom and discuss if they agree with them. After that, they watch the first part of the video and define what cancel culture is, as well as share some examples. Before watching the second part of the video, students do a multiple-choice cloze task. They have to choose words and phrases which best fit eight sentences (e.g. backlash, mob mentality, hold accountable). Then, students choose three of the words or phrases, and say how they think the vocabulary is related to cancel culture. They also consider why some people might think that cancel culture has gone too far. Finally, students watch the second part of the video and compare their ideas with those of the speakers.


In the second part of the lesson, students complete six statements using some of the vocabulary they learned in the multiple-choice cloze task (e.g. call out, go after, political correctness). Most of the statements come from the video. Students also share their thoughts about the statemtents and cancel culture in general. Then, they discuss questions related to free speech, hate speech, company boycotts, being ostracised, and other issues related to cancel culture. Finally, students examine six real-life scenarios of people being cancelled, and decide whether they deserved to be ‘cancelled’. Students also consider some possible consequences cancel culture might bring on people who caused offence.



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  1. Filipe Nunes

    Great stuff! Loved it. Cheers. filipe

    1. Leanne

      Great! Thanks 🙂

  2. Ana Martínez Martín

    Excellent lesson plan, thanks a lot 😀

    1. Leanne

      Thank you! Happy it has been useful.

  3. Audrey S

    Great topic. A little intense to talk about…my brain hurts! 🙂

    1. Leanne

      Great to hear you liked the topic! Yes, it can fry your brain a bit, this one! 😀

  4. Louise Maguire

    Excellent, I’ll be using it tomorrow, sure it will encourage some vigourous discussion!

  5. cnsinternational

    Excellent Class!!!

  6. Jillian Parry

    I was interested in using this lesson with my class, but it says the video isn’t available to watch her (Australia). There are several videos with that title on YouTube. Can you let me know which one it is? I’ve been able to watch two of them so far on YouTube without any problem.

    1. Stan

      Hi Jillian. It seems then that CBSN channel is not available in Australia. While I can link to it here, you won’t be able to open it. We tried looking for an alternative but there’s nothing available. Talk to us via the online chat and we can recommend something similar that could work with this lesson.

      1. Jillian Parry

        Ok, thanks for your reply. I’ve only just seen it. I’ll probably just look for something else right now.

  7. Sam O Neill

    Excellent lesson, thank you very much.

  8. Cat22

    Fantastic work! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Camila Silva

    I’ve used this lesson in my class and it sparked such an interesting discussion, my students loved it!!

    1. Justa

      Thanks for your comment! We’re happy to hear that 🙂


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