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Gender roles discussion questions and information gap - A communicative ESL activity

The main focus of this class would be the discussion questions. With my advanced learners I find that this might take up to 2 hours of class time so I typically split the questions over two classes. I don't want students getting bored with the topic so i don't make them do the questions all at once. Students do tell me the conversations are interesting so it may not be necessary to split the activity over 2 classes.

With the information gap, I generally put As and Bs together to form the necessary questions before pairing them up to fill out the worksheet. Students sometimes try to do the impossible and start the activity with someone who has the same information they have. Make sure students realize that they won't actually start the activity until they've constructed the questions and gotten a new partner (one with different information).

A

American girls' chores typically include domestic chores such as setting the table, helping with the laundry, vacuuming, and loading the dishwasher. American boys' chores typically include _______________.

Parents often give gender-differentiated toys to their children such as stuffed animals and Barbie Dolls for girls and _______________ for boys.

Children are trained to prefer different colors as well. Girls' rooms are more likely to be pink while boys' rooms are more likely to be ____________.

If a girl plays sports she'll likely try gymnastics, dance, or horseback riding. A boy will play ______________. Boys and girls are both likely to play soccer at a very young age but most boys will give up soccer for football as they grow up.

Extra practice: Read and talk about gender roles at http://forum.eslgo.com/viewforum.php?f=44

B

American girls' chores typically include _________________________. American boys' chores typically include yard work such as raking leaves, mowing the lawn, weeding, and watering outdoor plants and trees. Parents often give gender-differentiated toys to their children such as __________ for girls and GI Joe figures, computer games, robots, and cars for boys. Children are trained to like different colors as well. Girls' rooms are more likely to be ____________ while boys' rooms are more likely to be blue. If a girl plays sports she'll likely try __________________. A boy will play baseball, basketball, or football (hockey in Canada). Boys and girls are both likely to play soccer at a very young age but most boys will give up soccer for football as they grow up.

Extra practice: Read and talk about gender roles at http://forum.eslgo.com/viewforum.php?f=44

Discussion questions

1. How do the American gender stereotypes differ from those in your country?

2. Do any of the gender stereotypes bother you?

3. Is it appropriate to encourage boys to wear jeans and girls to wear dresses?

4. How do gender differences affect the middle and high school lives of boys and girls in your country?

Do teachers treat male and female students differently?

5. What are some typical jobs for men and women in your country?

6. What are the typical jobs for men and women of your parents' generation?

7. Are men and women treated equally - and paid equally - at work?

8. Is there a women's rights movement in your country? If there is one, how has it helped or hurt society? If there isn't one, do you think there should be?

9. Name some famous women and their accomplishments. You may name women you admire from other countries, but try to name as many as you can from your own country.

10. What are stereotypical reactions for men and women in the following situations (in other words, what are males supposed to do and what are females expected to do?):

a. When your car breaks down
b. When you're in a car accident
c. When you're lost

11. What does a woman need to do to be considered attractive in your country? What do men have to do?

12. Are there differences in how your society views men and women who date a lot or sleep around?

13. What do women hate most about men and vice versa?

14. When do men and women cry in your country?