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Focus question 1: How do you get a fair trial?

ESL activities

Teacher instructions

Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

There are a number of handouts and readings in this unit with language that may present difficulty for ESL and other learners. Much of this vocabulary has been listed in the activities and many definitions are available in the Key Terms. Teachers should assist students to understand this language through explanation and paraphrasing.

Conduct all activities.
Handouts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Activity 1 | Activity 2 | Activity 3 | Activity 4 | Activity 5 | Activity 6 | Activity 7

Activity 1: Why do we need laws?

Vocabulary: law, punishment, enforce.

Activity 2: What do you know about laws?

Vocabulary: court.

  • Conduct as described.

Activity 3: Proving your innocence

Vocabulary: fair trial, prove, guilty, innocent, superstition, evidence, crime, crime site, judge, jury, juror, case, facts, defendant, witness, swearing in, offence, gaol.

Activity 4: Getting a fair ruling

Vocabulary: legal rights, judiciary, jury, peers, First Fleet, custom, class, sympathetic, subject, rights, convicted, convict, harsh, sentenced, transported, hulks, crime rate, lawyer, absurd, bench.

Activity 5: Getting a fair trial today

Vocabulary: principles.

Activity 6: Putting it all together

Vocabulary: independence of the courts, equality before the law.

Activity 7: Fair trial poster

Newspapers can present particular challenges for ESL learners. Provide support in this activity by:

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