T.:In recent years “tolerance” has become a word that you hear most everyday. You hear it at school, on the news and read in books, magazines, newspapers, Internet. Now we are going to discuss what this word means.

By the end of our Learning Activity you will be able:

- to widen and train your vocabulary on the topic “Tolerance”;

- to deepen your understanding of this notion and widen your outlook;

- to master your language skills in reading, speaking and writing.


2.1. Questions:

· Do you know what does the word “tolerance” mean in your native language?

· What language does it come from?

· What does it mean in Latin?

2.2. Vocabulary Activity.Find the meaning of the following words:

1) indispensable

2) to be conscious

3) modernity

4) to make universal

5) abolish

6) legal necessity

7) leniency

8) connivance

9) concession

2.3. Read the following story by Rocнo Alejandra and fill in “A Mind Map” below while reading.

To be conscious that you aren't the only person in the world

When I think about this concept, words like patience, respect, equality, differences, will, knowledge, education, and culturecome to my mind. I think that they are all in the concept Tolerance ; they are all indispensable.

Sometimes, people believe that their ideas, customs, behaviors and education are correct and think that all the other people must be equal to them. Sometimes, we believe that we are right. We haven't learned yet to respect the differences between the humans.

Modernity directs us to globalization, and I think that this makes us less tolerant. Globalization means to make universal the ideas, customs, behaviors, political and economic model, but in this case the concept equality abolishes cultural differences, the right to think according to your customs, and the right to practice your culture.

When I think about that, I remember an important man of Mexico called Benito Judred, who one time said:"El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz " something like: "The respect to the right of the other people is the peace." I think that this just explains what Tolerance means. If we want our world to be better, we must be tolerant in our relationships between persons, countries and cultures; we must know our differences and accept them with respect and always remember that my freedom finishes where your rights begin.

Rocнo Alejandra

Sourse: Internet


  1. How to be a man among people?
  2. Why does the problem of tolerance appear?
  3. Is tolerance a way to understanding or display of leniency, connivance and concession?
  4. Is tolerance active position or vice versa?
  5. Is tolerance the moral duty of a man or political and legal necessity?
  6. When do conflicts end positively and when negatively?
  7. How do you personally understand a concept «tolerance»?
  8. What do you know about the International Day of tolerance?

9. Is there a racial intolerance and xenophobia in Ukraine?

10. Do you think our society is tolerant? Why?

11. What should be done for making our society more tolerant?