Hello Trusty TES Teachers, I'm teaching AQA Spec B English Language for the first time and I'm struggling and little to organise my thoughts of how to get into the topic of language and gender. I'd begun last week by trying to introduce some debate about languge bias when it comes to gender, thinking it would give them something juicy to debate: address terms, suffixes and imbalance in words to describe men and women. No. They were not interested at all. They didn't seem to think it really mattered all that much and that gender imbalance/bias is an out-dated notion. In an attempt to explore their argument, I gave several furhter examples, but they were not to be moved from their 'It's only words' stance. So, I need some help. Please could someone experienced in this area give me a few tips on how to inject some inspiration and interest in them? How do you approach the topic in the first few lessons? What are your tips of debate and grabbing their attention, making them think about it? I honestly don't think any of my students quite understand what LANGUAGE means. In fact, I'm sure some have wandered into the wrong lesson, because if they can't muster up even a mild interest in 'just words' what am I supposed to do with them?