Let’s talk about gender and gendered language in English:
1.) What is the difference between sex and gender?
2.) Why is the distinction important in sociology and politics?
3.) In what ways do sex and gender overlap in your culture?
4.) In what countries and in what ways have gender roles changed dramatically?
Free Association Speaking Activity
HOW TO PLAY:
Take turns thinking of words that are traditionally associated with women, girls and femininity and with boys, men and masculinity.
HIGH BEGINNER +
Five Minute Info
Draw your own basic infographic about gender and present it.
Basic Terms Match Up Quiz
Gendered Words Quiz
Read through the infographic above, and clarify any terms that are new for you. Try using the words in your own sentences.
More words to know:
assigned gender: the gender assigned at birth
cisgender: someone who is not transgender
drag queen/king: a person, often a performer, who dresses and acts in exaggerated gender stereotypical ways
queer: an umbrella term for people who aren’t heterosexual or who aren’t cisgender
bigot: a person who is intolerant of other groups and ideas. Also called a ‘hater’.
neologism: a new word, usage or expression
READING AND LISTENING
Gendered Language (B2+) – Reading, mini-dictionary and comprehension questions
There Third Genders From Cultures Around the World Prove that It Isn’t As Black And White As People Think – Ranker
A Fair And Inclusive Solution For Transgendered Women in Sports – Forbes Magazine
CONVERSATION AND SPEAKING
HIGH BEGINNER +
Conversation Questions – General questions about gender and society