Topic: Gender & Equality

IELTS Vocabulary: Toys and gender

We discussed this IELTS Speaking Part 3 question in class today. Most students responded well to the question – perhaps they found it easy – and had something to say about the topic. They could also relate the question easily to their own childhood and that of their children.

In fact, many great thinkers have raised and discussed the same question for years now. Roland Barthes, a great French philosopher, wrote an essay on ‘Toys’ which linked toys and gender for the first time.

I thought it was interesting that nearly all the students in my class said it was ‘natural’ for boys to be attracted to boys’ toys and girls to be attracted to girls’ toys. So before I show you a (very short) summary of the essay, think about the following questions: (more…)

IELTS Vocabulary: What’s the difference between sex and gender

English is a funny language.

Look at the example of these two words – sex and gender. They mean the same, right?

Yes, in IELTS Writing Task 1.
No, in IELTS Writing Task and Speaking Part 3.

Find out why:

1. What is the difference between sex and gender?

Maybe you think there’s no difference. Sex is ‘male’ or ‘female’ and so is gender. In fact, if you look up the dictionary definition of sex and gender, the first definition is the same: (more…)

IETLS Writing Task 1

Here’s the bar chart for your homework.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.10

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Women should have an equal role alongside men in both police and armed forces. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions . I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.6

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

The history of marriage

Alex Gendler traces the history of marriage back to ancient times, explores how the purpose and meaning of marriage has changed over the years and the different kinds of unions that mean marriage.

 

With the rapid increase in divorce rates, has marriage become obsolete? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.2

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

Dare to educate Afghan girls?

22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She urges the world to believe in daughters – and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.

 

Do you think girls and boys should have access to the same education? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.4

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions. I’ll post a model answer soon.