Menstrual leave sparks debate

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Read at home,
talk in class



In this lesson, students learn advanced words and phrases to express opinions, talk about the idea of menstrual leave and hold a debate

C1 / Advanced30 minCritical Reading ClubUnlimited Plan

This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.


At the beginning of the lesson students briefly explain what the law discussed in the article is about. Then, they get twelve words and expressions (e.g. endorse, be bound to backfire, voice concerns) and they need to put them in one of the three categories: In favour of, Not sure about and Against. After that, students discuss the ideas from the article using the phrases to express opinion from the previous task. They have to explain why they think the law would or wouldn’t work in their country and whether it would do a disservice to women or put an end to a stigma surrounding menstruation. Finally, students need to come up with arguments for and against adopting menstrual leave and hold a class debate. They are encouraged to use the words and expressions introduced in the lesson.




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  1. DaveMar

    This worked brilliantly in a group (2 guys, 2 girls)! Well done. Love these topical lesson plans – they’re great for getting people talking!

    1. Justa

      Thanks! I’m happy it worked so well! That’s right, CRC worksheets give lots of opportunities to talk 🙂

  2. Julia Hohush

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

  3. AGM

    The Spanish law has now been passed, so it might be worth updating the sentences to demonstrate this.

    1. Justa

      Hi there! Thanks for the comment! We’ve just updated the worksheets.


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