Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 9, 2019 and last updated on May 12, 2023

The topic of charities is an excellent topic for English learners as it offers a wide range of engaging and meaningful discussions. Discussing charities encourages learners to express their opinions, practice vocabulary and engage in debates on topics like fundraising, volunteering and the impact of charities.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Charities

The idea of charities is well looked upon by most people, and a lot of people try to regularly give money to help others. When people give money they put a lot of trust in the charity and expect them to use the money wisely.

It can be difficult to find out exactly how much of the money you donate goes to those who need it and how much of the money goes to paying the salaries of the charity workers and executives, who in some cases take home a considerably large salary. This brings into question whether the best way to help others in need is to give money to charity or maybe there are other ways where the money could be more effectively used.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • donation (noun)
  • donate (verb)
  • raise (verb)
  • awareness (noun)
  • volunteer (verb)
  • contribute (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever donated money to charities?
  • Why do people give money to charities?
  • What kind of charities do you think are important in your community?
  • Do you trust charities?
  • What can charities do to encourage more people to donate money?
  • Have you ever volunteered for a charity? Would you like to?
  • How can charities make a difference in people's lives?
  • What are some ways you can support a charity if you don't have money to give?
  • How do you decide which charities to support?
  • Is it better for charities to help people locally or globally?
  • Should charities be transparent about how they use the money they receive?
  • Is it fair for charity leaders to earn high salaries?
  • Do you think it's more effective for charities to partner with businesses or rely on individual donations?
  • If you could start your own charity, what cause or issue would it focus on and why?
  • If you discovered that a charity you supported had misused funds, would you continue to support them?
  • How can the government help encourage people to give money to charities?
  • If you were organising a fundraising event for a charity, what kind of event would you choose and why?
  • If you could choose any celebrity to be an ambassador for a charity, who would you choose?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.