In this lesson we will be talking about Gender Equality in English, and looking at how to correctly use the verbs expect / want / need / would like.
"The 2010 global gender gap report by the World Economic Forum shows that countries with better gender equality have faster-growing, more competitive economies".
— Michelle Bachelet
Thanks to equal access to education, gender equality has improved a lot in developed countries over the past few decades. On average, women from developed countries are at least as educated as men, although in the USA, for example, they can only expect to earn about 80% of the salary a man would earn for the same job. There is still a long way to go before true equality is reached.
In developing countries, gender inequality in education is still an issue. Around two thirds of illiterate people are female, and the gender gap is much wider than in developed countries.
Before we get started, here is a list of vocabulary that will help you talk about Gender Equality, with your native English-speaking teacher in your conversation classes via Skype.
English vocabulary related to Gender Equality
Grammar to use in your online English conversation class
Expect / Want / Need / Would like + someone + to + verb
The grammatical structure for each of these verbs is the same:
A) When the subject who expects / wants / needs is different from the subject who does the verb:
B) When the subject who expects / wants / needs is the same as the subject who does the verb:
Useful verb forms:
X They win less money
√ They EARN less money
X Society expects that they stay at home
√ Society expects THEM TO stay at home
Gender equality in education
Questions we will discuss in your online English conversation class:
Practice reading and listening before speaking with your native English-speaking teacher:
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