English Debate Club

This week's topic:

Is it possible to be an ethically responsible consumer in the 21st century?

Are all those who have bought Walmart or Primark clothes indirectly responsible for the 1000 deaths at the collapsed factory in Bangladesh?  Can one eat a Chick-Fil-A (in the US) sandwich with a clear conscience regarding gay rights and appalling spelling (what's a fil-a?)

The writer Ian McEwan commented: "If I boycotted every country I disagreed with, I wouldn't be able to go many places at all."  Is it the same with corporations?  Is it reasonable to expect consumers to meticulously research before buying a pair of jeans or a sandwich?


 

The English Debate Club:

Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates!  Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion. 

Topics will be set at least a week in advance (please feel free to message the group leader with topic suggestions) and participants are welcome to prepare beforehand or wing it - but everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.  Teams will be assigned on the night, so be prepared to argue either side of the debate.  There will be some preparation time once teams are assigned.

Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level.  Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!

 

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  • Elina

    Sorry, stuck at work.

    May 14, 2013

  • Johan Z.

    Hi, I'm looking for a business partner that have interest to China.

    May 14, 2013

  • sonia l.

    sorry I cant't make it today

    May 14, 2013

  • Elina

    Hi! Can we sit upstairs?

    May 14, 2013

    • Claire

      In theory I don't mind, but it is normally too busy/loud upstairs for a large group - we can see how it looks when we arrive!

      May 14, 2013

  • Charlotta W.

    Ask attendees

    May 14, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi folks - just noticed it's raining, so we'll meet at Cafe String as usual tonight. Even if it clears up, the grass will probably be a bit soggy! Outdoors next week hopefully... !

    May 14, 2013

  • Elina

    Kim, you are "not" coming again?:)

    May 14, 2013

  • Kim L

    "Fil-a" is how Americans deal with the French word FILET, because otherwise they would pronounce it with a long "I" sound and the T at the end.

    May 13, 2013

    • Claire

      Ha, I guessed it might be, but that's no excuse! Besides, I have the impression that it's a KFC kind of place, so it doesn't sound as though they serve anything like filets. I realise that the whole funding de-gaying programs is worse and all, but I really must take them to task for their use of language. ;-)

      May 13, 2013

    • Kim L

      Americans...remember we are also famous for coining the terms "lite", putting an O at the end of product names like Whamm-o, and anything "Ultra" just costs more.

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • ikram

    ok

    May 10, 2013

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