Inclusive language

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inclusive language

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this one-page handout, students will learn what inclusive language is and discover some examples of both inclusive and exclusive language.

B2 / Upper Intermediate30 minStandard LessonPremium Plan

INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE DISCUSSION

First, students read a short definition of inclusive language. Then, they get one exercise. They need to choose expressions which are inappropriate (examples of exclusive language) in the workplace. They also have to explain their choice. To give you an example, in one of the points students need to choose between chairperson, chair and chairman. Of course, the term chairman is an example of exclusive language here. The worksheet also includes some links that can give you some explanation, why certain words/phrases are exclusive.
Finally, there is a short discussion activity on students’ attitudes towards inclusive language and whether their colleagues try to use it.

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  1. caune

    Hi!
    Just wanted to let you know, that there are issues with the attached documents. Either an XML issue, or the file is not available publicly, so the only one accessible is the University of North Carolina “Gender-Inclusive Language” article.

    1. Stan

      Hi! Thanks for letting us know. While I couldn’t find the Tasmanian Government Guidelines for Inclusive Language online anymore, click here to get the SumOfUs Progressive Styleguide (the second link) and if you need more resources you can also check out these guidelines prepared by WGBH (Bostonian media company)

  2. Таисия Шарапова

    Hi! Thank you for a great worksheet! I checked the resources you attached in the previous comment because I had my doubts about the answer in b). As I understood they recommend against using the word ‘disabled’.
    Is the answer in the teacher’s version correct?

    1. Justa

      Hi! Thanks for the comment! Yes, the answer is correct. Both, ‘a person with disabilities’ and ‘a disabled person’, are acceptable (see the first link, page 7), but I believe ‘a person with disabilities’ is the most appropriate expression.

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