Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
Learners: All ages
Language: Disability related vocabulary, can/can’t Skills: Acquire vocabulary for talking about disabilities and ableism, watching 2 short videos, exploring various facets and sides of disability, talking about stereotypes, summing things up and coming to some tentative conclusions
Materials: 2 short videos, painting slide, statements slides, worksheet
Brainstorm your students around what they can or can’t do. Conclude that for each one of us there are things we can and things we can’t do.
Show your students the picture below and ask them what they think the woman in the picture can or can’t do. Keep a visible record of students’ answers.
Tell your students that her name is Claire Cunningham, and she’s a multi-disciplinary performer and choreographer whose work is initially rooted in the use of crutches. Through them she explores the potentiality of her specific physicality as a disabled individual, and aims to challenge conventions around classical aesthetic and dance. Tell them that they are going to watch a relevant video. Show the video.
Work as a whole class. Draw a compass in the centre of the board or on a construction paper and mark E, W, N, S.
E = Excited
What excites you about this idea?
W = Worrisome
What do you find worrisome about this idea?
N = Need to Know
What else do you need to know or find out about this idea?
S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward
What is your current stance or opinion on the idea?
What have the picture and the painting got in common?
How are they different?
Write on the board: Stereotype. Explain to your students that it is grouping individuals together and having thoughts, beliefs or judgements about them without knowing them. It is the product of ignorance or unfamiliarity. Explain that stereotyping is not only hurtful, it is also wrong.
Tell your students that they are going to have a look at some slides involving both stereotypical and right ways to think about people with a mobility disability. Show your students the slides below. Pause at each slide and discuss which case it falls into. Ask individual students to read the statements in the slides.
Ask your students:
What problems might persons with disability face?
What are their rights?
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short animation video from the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Show the video.
I hope you will find this proposal worth experimenting with.