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Focus question 1: What are human rights?

ESL activities

Teacher instructions

Conduct all activities.

Activity 1 | Activity 2 | Activity 3 | Assessment task

Activity 1: Establishing priorities

Vocabulary: human rights, priorities, rights, gender, race, social security, vote.

  • Discuss each of the rights before asking students to copy them.
  • Conduct this activity using small groups.
  • Groups complete parts 1a to 1d.
  • Conduct 1e as a class exercise, comparing and discussing groups' responses.
  • Introduce the information in 'The culture of Hanic.'
  • Conduct 1f and 1g as a class exercise, listing the rights on the board and comparing the ranking.

Activity 2: Types of rights

Vocabulary: civil rights, social rights, political rights, Amnesty International, minorities, oppressive rule, liberty, freedom of faith, unfair restrictions, social movements, seek political office, income maintenance, safeguard, material well-being, by virtue of one's citizenship, market capacity.

  • Explain 'Defining human rights' as a class exercise, using simpler language.
  • Construct a three-column table on the board with headings for the three types of rights.
  • Conduct parts 2a to 2d as a whole class exercise, discussing the Amnesty International case studies.
  • Conduct part 2e as a small group activity.
  • Record responses on the board.

Activity 3: Rights and responsibilities

Vocabulary: responsibility, Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities (1977).

  • Discuss the Declaration of Human Responsibilities as a class exercise.
  • Assist students to understand the list of rights in their workbooks.
  • Complete the activity as a whole class or small group exercise, writing each sentence on the board.

Assessment task

  • Select one article appropriate for ESL learners. Clarify the task. Allow ESL learners to complete the task in pairs.

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