Football is the most popular sport in the world, with millions of fans attending the Fifa World Cup every four years. We know that many of your students follow football closely, and keenly follow the adventures of the highly paid stars of the modern game. However, one of the many controversies engulfing Fifa and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been the accusations of abuse of the migrant labourers working on the less glamorous task of constructing the World Cup stadiums.
In this week’s lesson, students will read a Guardian article about the treatment of these workers and efforts to protect them. They'll have the opportunity to practice using vocabulary for talking about labour issues. They will also research and report on the topics raised in the article, including human rights, the Qatari government, and Amnesty International. Finally, they can discuss their own opinions on how this problem arose and the possible solutions.
We hope this lesson catches the interest of both football fans and students who care about human rights.
Let us know how your students responded to this lesson!
The EF Class Team