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English Conversation – Disability

Friday, December 6, 2013 @ 02:12 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about disability. Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.  People who are disabled may experience a problem in body function or structure, difficulty carrying out a task or action, or difficulty with involvement in life situations.

Video about Disability

  • How do you think you would cope with having a disability like Nick?
  • What tasks would be the most difficult?
  • Does it surprise you to learn that Nick is married with a child? Why/why not? 


Nouns Adjectives










Physical (disability)

Mental (disability)

Intellectual (disability)








Conversation Questions 

  • What kinds of disability do you know of?
  • What problems do people with disabilities face in your country?
  • Do you think it would be harder to live with a physical disability or an intellectual disability?
  • Which do you think is worse?
  • Do you try to help people who are disabled?
  • What do you think of the Paralympic Games?
  • What daily problems do you think wheelchair users have in your town?
  • What kinds of discrimination do people with disabilities face?
  • What message do you think disabled people would like to tell those without a disability?
  • What role models with a disability do you know of?
  • How do you think people disabled in accidents come to terms with their new disability?
  • What misunderstandings do people have about disability?
  • What problems do disabled people in poorer countries face?
  • What can disabled people teach those without disabilities?
  • What government support should people with disabilities get?
  • Do you think science will be able to end disability one day?
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