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English Conversation – Charity

Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 12:10 PM
posted by Jo


This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about charity and volunteer work. There is an audio discussion to listen to, some phrasal verbs we can use when talking about charity and some common conversation questions that we can use when discussing this subject.

Audio Discussion

Download audio discussion about charity

Download transcript of audio discussion

* Audio courtesy of elllo.org

Phrasal verbs

  • Help outI think we should try to help him out, he doesn’t have much money.
  • Give upIf I hadn’t receive help from the charity, I may have given up.
  • Put forwardJan put forward a few ideas for raising money for charity

Conversation Questions

  • What types of charities do you think are doing the best and most effective work in the world?
  • Do you have a favourite charity?
  • Are there any charities that you don’t like?
  • What sort of problems exist is the charity sector?
  • What do you think of charities that hand out drug paraphernalia to addicts? Do you think it helps them or encourages the addiction?
  • Do you think the rich have a duty to help the poor?
  • What do you think about giving money to homeless people or beggars?
  • Do charities really help the poor to become independent in the long term or do they simply make poor people more dependent on charity?
  • Do you think countries should help the poor in their own country before sending aid to other countries?
  • Are you satisfied with the work charities do?
  • Do you think governments should do more to help charities?
  • Would you like to work for a charity?
  • Do you worry about where the money you donate to charity goes?
  • What do you think of people who stand outside stores or railway stations holding charity donation boxes?
  • Do you think having large charity organizations is a good idea?
  • Do you think that locally run charity organizations are more effective?
  • Why do you think people volunteer to work in a charity?
  • What benefits other than personal satisfaction could you personally get by volunteering?
  • Do you agree with the expression “charity begins at home”?
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