ESL Discrimination Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

Discrimination exists in many forms and can have a profound impact on those subjected to it. This lesson will help ESL students understand the various forms of discrimination and the laws that protect people from discrimination.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define discrimination.
  • Recognize the types of discrimination.
  • Explain legal repercussions of discrimination.

Length of Lesson

1 to 2 hours



Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.


Is it Discrimination? Activity

  • Handouts of various workplace scenarios, some depicting discrimination and some not
  • Index cards
  • Vocabulary handouts

Media Discrimination? Activity

  • Variety of magazines, posters, and other print media
  • Poster board
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Research Activity

  • Internet access
  • Presentation software


  • Discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Sex discrimination
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • Segregation
  • Acceptance

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