~ Dialogue ~ Topic 19 ~ Social Problems ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) Are there many homeless or displaced people where you live? Do you know them?
Remarkably, there are very few here. Asian societies tend to take care of their own.
But the global trend is that there are more refugees/homeless folk in all of history.
2) Are there many suicides in your country? If so, why is this a problem? Solutions?
Yes, but for many different reasons. In the West, suicides are often the result of opioid
addiction and gun violence. In the East, it’s attributed to loss of face, loss of wealth.
3) Are there nursing homes in your country? How are your elderly treated? Tell.
The problem is that many elderly folk can’t afford them. Where can they go?
4) How are minorities (immigrants/religious groups) treated in your country? Explain.
countries are tending to be culturally isolated. New arrivals are seen as threatening.
5) Have you ever been a volunteer? Describe your experience. How does it help you?
Yes. I was a volunteer at a food kitchen. I moved to a new city and didn’t know many
people. I was a cook, so I figured I had something to share. It was the right thing to do.
6) Have you ever experienced discrimination or prejudice? Describe your experience.
Yes. But who hasn’t? We have extremely good technology, but our intelligence has not
caught up. At a convenience store, the ignored me and checked out the others first.
7) What is the most serious problem in the world today? Why do you think so?
Probably pollution. A close second is populism. Global climate change is now a fact.
Populism is harder to prove, but any population can be deceived by corrupt leaders.
8) What types of pollution are the most harmful for our environment? Explain.
Believe it or not, animals (cows especially, pigs, goats, and others) contribute
excessively to C02 emissions. Some studies suggest as much as 18 percent.
9) Describe the USA/American fascination with guns. How did this come about?
Can we blame the Revolutionary War? The Constitution (“right to bear arms”)
or other conflicts (civil war). Perhaps firearms make the weak feel powerful.
10) What should the democratic world do to prevent powers from threatening peace?
The UN is the most representative organization of our time. When leaders challenge
this institution, there is a sense that they are covering for misdeeds or crimes.
~ Original Questions ~ Social Problems ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Are there food kitchens for hungry people in your country? How many? Why or why not?
2) Are there homeless shelters for people in your country? How many? Why or why not?
3) Are there many homeless people where you live? Do you communicate with them?
4) Are there many suicides in your country? If so, why is this a problem? Are there solutions?
5) Are there nursing homes in your country? How are your elderly treated? Can it improve? How?
1) Do you agree that teachers should use corporal punishment as a means of discipline? Explain.
2) Should people be allowed to smoke in public buildings? Where should people smoke?
3) How are minorities (non-native ethnic/religious groups) treated in your country? Explain.
4) Have you ever been a volunteer? Describe your experience. Are you a better person for it?
5) Have you ever experienced discrimination or prejudice? Describe your experience.
1) Have you ever been close to someone with an addiction? How did/does it affect you?
2) In an overpopulated world, should people be free to have as many children as they want?
3) What are some exaggerated expectations parents have for their children? Is this a problem?
4) What are some reasons people use illegal drugs? Can it be genetic? Are all drugs bad?
5) What is the most serious problem in the world today? Why do you think so?
1) What types of noise pollution do you hate the most?
2) In your country, who takes care of the elderly when they can't take care of themselves?
3) What is racism? Does it exist? Are we not all one race: human? Debate and explain.
4) Is it morally right to spend a lot of money on pets, rather than helping people in need?
5) Are you pro-life, or pro-choice? Why, and how do you see the opposing viewpoint?
1) Do you think people should be allowed to own guns? Why or why not?
2) Describe the USA/American fascination with guns. How did this come about? Is there a solution?
3) Is it the responsibility of rich countries to help poor countries? Why or why not?
4) What should the democratic world do to prevent rogue powers from threatening peace?
5) Is the death sentence moral/acceptable? Why or why not? How can we reduce crime?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 19 ~ Social Problems ~ Explore the Topic ~
A social issue is often a problem that influences a large number of individuals within a society.
A social problem requires in-depth analysis and community action. Think of the opioid epidemic.
It's a common problem we see happening in the USA. Many unfortunate people suffer without assistance.
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Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d 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 debate.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 19 ~ Social Problems ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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