I´ve taken up Marisa Constantinides´ blog challenge to create lessons for the ELT classroom that are designed to promote a disabled-access friendly world.
Disabled-access is a cause which normally gets far too little attention, despite the huge number of people who are effected by it. Any action which helps to raise awareness of it, can only be positive. It´s good to know that a group of English teachers in Greece have taken on the challenge of raising awareness of this issue and are doing brilliant work to promote the cause. You can join their Facebook group Greek “Disabled Access Friendly”.
I decided to approach the blog challenge from the point of view of Business English and create a lesson plan which would be accessible and relevant for participants in in-company training. My lesson looks at the challenges to access that the disabled face as they travel to their workplace, invites the participants to compare the situation in their country with that in Greece and then culminates in a meeting role-play where the participants have to reach decisions on a future strategy for making their workplace more disabled-access friendly- not forgetting to consider the costs inherent in such developments and the time-frame over which they could be implemented.
This is a paperless lesson, so it´s also environmentally-friendly! All you need is a whiteboard or a flipchart, some marker pens and a projector connected up to a laptop or PC on which you can show the YouTube video clip.