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Lesson plan; TikTok being banned on UK government phones

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:


  1. Warm-up: Ask students what they know about TikTok and why it is popular among young people. Elicit some examples of how they use it or what they watch on it. Ask them if they have heard about the ban on UK government phones and what they think about it.
  2. Reading/listening: Watch the video above and read this article from the BBC.  Give students the article or video about TikTok being banned on UK government phones and ask them to read or watch it carefully.
  3. Discussion: Divide students into groups of three or four and have them answer the questions below.
  1. Look at the list below on pros and cons and ask the students in groups to discuss each point and decide whether they agree or disagree with it. Encourage them to use evidence from the article or video to support their opinions.




  1. Ask students to choose one side of the argument (for or against banning TikTok) and write a persuasive letter or speech addressed to Mr Dowden, explaining why he should or should not ban TikTok on UK government phones. Remind them to use appropriate vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, as well as rhetorical devices such as facts, statistics, examples, anecdotes, quotes, etc. Look at some points below.
  2. Sharing: Ask some volunteers to read their letters or speeches aloud to the class. Give feedback on their content, language and delivery using the rubric.

The USA and TikTok

These actions show that Joe Biden is taking a tough stance on TikTok and trying to protect US citizens’ privacy and security from potential foreign interference.

Essay questions:

Advice on how to write persuasive essays

Some of the vocabulary, grammar and punctuation features that can make persuasive writing more effective are:

Some possible questions you might have are:


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