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STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show to Student B)

1)

What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘sweatshop’?

2)

What companies do you think use sweatshops?

3)

Do you think there are sweatshops in your country?

4)

Do you think companies do enough to make sure their products are not made by children in sweatshops?

5)

Would you buy brand goods if you knew they were made in sweatshops?

6)

What can the international community do to clamp down on sweatshops?

7)

Would you talk to a sweatshop owner if you saw (s)he was using child labour?

8)

Do sweatshops provide valuable employment to families who might otherwise have no income?

9)

Have you seen any documentaries on TV about sweatshops?

10)

If you had the power, would you shut down all of the word’s sweatshops?


 
 

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show to Student A)

1)

Sweatshop workers sometimes say working in a sweatshop is better than working on the land. What would you say to them?

2)

Do you think there should be a legal minimum wage in every country?

3)

Would you be prepared to pay higher prices for clothes if it meant all sweatshops were closed down, or conditions and pay in them greatly improved?

4)

Some economists say sweatshops are a necessary step in moving poorer countries towards being a rich country. What do you think?

5)

What questions would you like to ask a sweatshop owner?

6)

What do you think of the word ‘sweatshop’? Do you think it’s descriptive?

7)

Do you think there’ll always be sweatshops or will they disappear in the future?

8)

What do you think is the worst thing about sweatshops?

9)

When did you first hear about sweatshops? What did you think?

10)

Should sweatshop owners be put in prison?


 


 
 
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