Inclusive language

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inclusive language


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 LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan


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. 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. 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)


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