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International Women’s Day ESL Lesson Plan

What Is International Women's Day?

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Video Length: 6:00

Updated on: 03/08/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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International Women’s Day ESL Lesson Plan Description


This International Women’s Day ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B2 intermediate and C1 advanced students. Students talk about important women and the progress women have made. This is a great lesson choice for your students on March 18, which is when it takes place. They also discuss how to improve gender equality. They watch a video to learn more. They answer questions about women's history. They also talk about stereotypes. Students look at quotes from the video to understand gender equality better. Finally, they think about women they admire. They discuss gender issues in leadership and careers. This lesson plan is designed to engage students in meaningful discussions about gender issues, enhancing their English skills while teaching them about important social topics.


In this International Women’s Day ESL lesson Pplan, students start by talking about important women in history and the challenges and progress women have faced. Then, students describe images related to women's roles using words like 'equality' and 'leadership'. They also talk about how to improve gender equality and how women's lives have changed over time. Finally, they discuss the meaning and activities of International Women's Day.The objective of this section is to get students interested in the topic and bring out what they already know about women's history and rights.


Students watch a video and learn about the day's history and meaning. They answer questions about how women's lives were different in the past and learn about women's fight for voting rights. They also match big events in women's rights history, like getting the vote, with the years they happened. Lastly, they discuss stereotypes, what they are, and how they can affect people.The objective of this section is to learn about women's history and understand stereotypes better.


After watching the video, students talk about quotes from the video. They discuss metaphors like a football team where half are blindfolded, to understand gender equality. They also learn phrases like "the ball began rolling" and talk about women's rights in their countries. Then, they choose verbs for sentences about women's rights and stereotypes.The objective of this section is to deepen students’understanding of women's rights issues and expand their vocabulary related to gender equality. This part of the lesson helps students learn how to express complex ideas about gender issues in English.


In this activation, students first think about women they admire. They talk about these women and why they admire them, their big achievements, and how to honor these women. Then, they discuss with others about leadership in men and women, how women can be successful in jobs mostly done by men, and what men can do for feminism and gender equality. They also talk about mixed-sex sports and if women should play in the same teams as men in professional sports. This part makes students think and talk about gender equality and respect. The objective of this section is to encourage critical thinking about gender issues and promote discussion on equality.

Benefits of using this International Women’s Day ESL lesson plan:

Engagement in Meaningful Discussions: The lesson plan is designed to engage students in meaningful discussions about important women in history, gender equality, and women's achievements. This promotes active participation and critical thinking.

Awareness of Women's Progress and Challenges: Students gain awareness of the progress and challenges faced by women over time, which can encourage students to build a deeper understanding of women's history and rights.

Cultural and Global Perspectives: The lesson plan encourages students to discuss women's rights in their own countries, providing a platform for sharing cultural perspectives on gender equality issues.

If you're an ESL teacher looking for a great lesson for your B2 intermediate students, try our International Women's Day ESL lesson plan. Download it to help your students learn important vocabulary and ideas about gender equality and women's history. This lesson is not just about learning English; it's about talking about real and important topics. Make your classes more interesting and help your students talk better about big issues with Fluentize lesson plans!

Video Description

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 – but why is this day important? What does the day signify? This Miniclip explores the origins of women’s suffrage throughout the United Kingdom’s modern history including the impact of World War I on women's rights and the granting of voting rights for women. It also discusses damaging stereotypes for both girls and boys, the presence of gender inequality that still exists today, and how to celebrate the women in your own life.

Lesson Activities


Women's Rights, Gender Inequality, Stereotypes, Female Achievement


Short Answers, Hypothetical Scenario, Video Topics (discussed / not discussed)


Definition Matching, Context Usage, Phrases


It wasn't until + [point in time] + that + [past simple clause]


Quiz & Review

Lesson Topics

Women's Rights, Gender Inequality, Stereotypes, Female Achievement

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