How To Help People in Poverty

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 19, 2019 and last updated on August 7, 2023

Talking about how to help people in poverty offers English learners a valuable opportunity to enhance their language skills while exploring a pressing social issue. Discussing this topic enables learners to expand their vocabulary related to poverty, social justice and community development. It encourages them to express opinions, propose solutions and engage in meaningful discussions about global inequalities.

Moreover, delving into this topic nurtures empathy, cultural awareness and critical thinking skills. By exploring how to help people in poverty, English learners develop their language proficiency while gaining insights into the importance of social responsibility and creating positive change in the world.

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 How To Help People in Poverty

Talking about how to help people in poverty represents a multifaceted and nuanced challenge that requires comprehensive approaches. A sophisticated understanding of the underlying causes and dynamics of poverty is essential to formulate effective solutions.

By focusing on sustainable development, inclusive economic policies and access to quality education and healthcare, we can empower individuals to break free from the cycle of poverty. Moreover, fostering social awareness, advocating for social justice and promoting equitable opportunities can contribute to the transformation of communities and create a more equitable society.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • poverty (noun)
  • poor (adjective)
  • suffer (verb)
  • charity (noun)
  • donate (verb)
  • aid (noun)
  • essential (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Why do you think many people in the world are living in poverty?
  • What are some effective long-term strategies to combat poverty at the systemic level?
  • Whose responsibility is it to help people in poverty?
  • Have you ever tried to help people living in poverty? How?
  • Is providing direct financial aid to individuals more effective in reducing poverty than investing in infrastructure and public services?
  • Why do you think charities have been unsuccessful in reducing global poverty?
  • Do you think it is simply a case of needing more money to help people in poverty?
  • What do you think is the best way to utilise money given to charities to help those living in poverty?
  • What role do government policies and social welfare programs play in addressing poverty?
  • Is education the most effective long-term solution to poverty, or are there other factors that should be prioritized?
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.