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English Conversation – Conspiracy Theories

Friday, January 8, 2016 @ 05:01 PM
posted by Jo

conspiracyA conspiracy is a secret agreement between two or more people to commit an illegal or harmful act. There are many unproven conspiracy theories of varying degrees of popularity, frequently related to government plans, murder plots, suppression of secret technology and knowledge, and other supposed schemes behind certain political, cultural, and historical events.

 

Video about conspiracy theories

  • Out of the 5 conspiracies mentioned, which one do you think is most widely believed?
  • Do you believe any of the 5 conspiracies? If yes, why do you believe it to be true?

 

Vocabulary and Expressions

Nouns Verbs
Hoax Disprove
Distrust Investigate
Cover up Conspire
Assassination Scheme
Mystery Plot
Conspirator Manipulate
Conspiracy theorist Deceive
Myth Expose

 

Conversation Questions

  • Would you describe yourself as a conspiracy theorist?
  • What, if any, conspiracies do you believe to be true?
  • What are some common conspiracy theories?
  • Do you think most conspiracy theories are true or false?
  • Do you think that governments sometimes cover up events?
  • Do you think the media is sometimes involved in conspiracies?
  • Have any politicians in your country been exposed for cover ups?
  • Do you think it is possible for global conspiracies to exist?
  • Do you think it is a dangerous job to uncover conspiracies and expose cover ups?
  • How open should governments be? Do governments need some secrecy?
  • Are you a suspicious or trusting person?
  • Do you think governments are sometimes justified in withholding information from the public?

 

Well-known conspiracy theories

What is your opinion about some of these famous conspiracy theories?

  • The CIA was involved in the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy
  • An alien spaceship crash landed near Roswell and was covered up by the U.S. government
  • The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre was planned by the U.S. government as an excuse to invade Iraq
  • Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children
  • Area 51 in the Nevada desert is being used for secret ‘black op’ projects
  • The Apollo moon landing was a hoax that was staged by NASA
  • There is a "global elite" society called the Illuminati, which is either in control of the world or is seeking to take control of the world.
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