~ Dialogue ~ Topic 6 ~ Community ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~


1) Describe the people in your community? Tell about the people you know?

I live near a hot spring just below a small mountain. The people here are local tourists:

hikers and bathers. Restaurant workers, market sellers, and the people that come and go.


2) What do the people in your community do for recreation or service?

There are several churches and Buddhist temples here. I suppose many people serve the

community from these organizations. Recreation here means badminton and tennis.


3) What do you think should be changed in your community? Explain.

There are too many coffee shops. I’d like to see more quality bistros. Coffee beans are

cheap. Anyone can open a café, but we need quality food and wine in our social spaces.


4) Does your community have meetings or organized events? Tell.

Yes. They are mostly clustered around elections. There are also annual gatherings related to

historical events, festivals, and religion. I like the cherry blossom festival near the sea.


5) Have you ever helped a neighbor or has a neighbor ever helped you?

I buy most of my vegies and fruits within walking distance from my home. These vendors

are my neighbors. They are very helpful. Other neighbors don’t want to interact much.


6) What programs/community activities did you have when you were young?

In the USA, there were boy and girl scouts, after-school sports, the 4-H, debate

teams, language clubs, tae kwon do gyms, and candy striper volunteers among others.


7) What factors can contribute to a community in a positive way? Tell.

If there are several ethnic groups in a community, with legal status, there can be a real

sharing of culture, especially food. Also, just being friendly can make a community better.


8) What factors can push a community into violence? Make a list:

poverty, ethnocentrism, prostitution, racism, lack of education, ignorance of cultures,

racism, drugs, drunkenness, family grievances, disputes over inheritance, and weapons.


9) Is there a distinct gap between different groups in your community? Why?

Of course. That’s social injustice. People with higher incomes often disregard those with less.

Also, teens and some young people disrespect older people, and this can cause conflict.


10) Do you ever give money to charities or beggars? Why or why not?

I give when I have more than I need. I think many people do. People that hoard money are

probably living in fear of losing it. Some of the happiest people aren’t obsessed with wealth.



~ Original Questions ~  Community ~ Choose the questions you like ~


Group A

1) Give us your impressions of your community. How do you feel about it?

2) Who are the people in your community? How many of them do you know?

3) What do the people in your community do for recreation?

4) What do you think should be changed in your community?

5) Does your community have meetings?


Group B

1) Is there a neighborhood watch program in your community?

2) Does your community welcome strangers?

3) Have you ever helped a neighbor?

4) Has a neighbor ever helped you?

5) What was your community like when you were young?


Group C

1) What is your present community like? Are there differences?

2) What programs do you wish you had when you were young (community activities)?

3) What programs do you wish your community offered now?

4) What factors contribute to a  successful community in general?

5) What factors can push a community into violence/criminal events?


Group D

1) Is your country similar to another country in terms of community? Explain…

2) How does social status  affect community? Give examples…

3) Do wealthy people ignore the poor in your community? If so, why?

4) Is there a distinct gap between different groups in your community?

5) Are there any outcasts in your community? Who are they? Why do they stay?


Group E

1) Do you give change to beggars? Why or why not?

2) Is there a place for all members of your community to meet?

3) Do you ever have community meetings?

4) Has your community formed any political groups?

5) Are there any pressing issues your community needs to address?                     



~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 6 ~ Community ~ Explore the Topic ~


Community Food Drives/Programs




Community Mental Health Services




Community Cultural Awareness




Neighborhood Watch




Community Social Services




Community Educational Programs



Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson


1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions youd like to talk about. 

2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.

3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).


There are three sections for each topic:


1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.

                   The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating

                     their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.


2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.

                                           They are introduced to give more choices to learners.


3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and deliberation.


Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.




~ Topic 1-6 ~ Community ~ Questions for Conversation ~

Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.





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