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


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.


This worksheet goes well with our lesson plans:

  1. Diversity and Inclusion at Work (CAE Word Formation)

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