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SPEAKING. ADVANCED LEVEL                                        First World ObligationYou are going to debate the correctn...
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First World Obligation

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Speaking assignment for advanced esl learners.

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First World Obligation

  1. 1. SPEAKING. ADVANCED LEVEL First World ObligationYou are going to debate the correctness of the following statement: First World countrieshave an obligation to help Third World countries with funds and assistance in cases ofhunger and poverty.Below you will find phrases and language helpful in expressing opinions, offering explanationsand disagreeing.Opinions, Preferences:I think..., In my opinion..., Id like to..., Id rather..., Id prefer..., The way I see it..., As far as Imconcerned..., If it were up to me..., I suppose..., I suspect that..., Im pretty sure that..., It isfairly certain that..., Im convinced that..., I honestly feel that, I strongly believe that..., Withouta doubt,...,Disagreeing:I dont think that..., Dont you think it would be better..., I dont agree, Id prefer..., Shouldntwe consider..., But what about..., Im afraid I dont agree..., Frankly, I doubt if..., Lets face it,The truth of the matter is..., The problem with your point of view is that...Giving Reasons and offering explanations: To start with, The reason why..., Thats why..., Forthis reason..., Thats the reason why..., Many people think...., Considering..., Allowing for thefact that..., When you consider that... For Extensive Responsibility • First World has always exploited Third World • Creates dens of international or global community • Promotes cross-cultural understanding • Raises First World awareness of Third World plight • The importance of humanitarian deeds • Promotes economic stability • Raises standard of living for Third World populations • Reflects acceptance of First World responsibility for past historical actions For Limited Responsibility • Every nation is responsible for its own people • Long term affects of sustained "charity" are negative on the whole • Makes Third World countries even more dependent on First World countries • Imports First World cultural values into Third World context where they do not necessarily belong, or apply • Creates cultural homogenization • Past history of corruption and ineffectiveness of such "help" programs • Need for real economic opportunities rather than charity • Hurts national pride and confidence in the leadership of the Third World countries involvedAdapted from About.com by Mª Jesús García San Martín 1
  2. 2. SPEAKING. ADVANCED LEVEL • Help can be made dependent on certain political or economic conditions imposed by First World countriesWhen you have thought about all these issues and have drafted your speech, deliver a three-minute-talk on the topic.Adapted from About.com by Mª Jesús García San Martín 2

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