Every year as Christmas approaches, thousands of charities launch appeals, asking for donations.

Katherine Bilsborough

Christmas is a time of giving and it is a time when many charities raise a large proportion of their total annual income. With so many charities to choose from how can we decide which one to donate to?

In this activity learners will imagine the class has £100 to donate. They will work in groups to decide which of four charities they should give the money to.

Learners will first work in a group, reading about one of the charities and preparing their arguments for why their charity should receive the £100. Then they will separate into new groups with representatives speaking on behalf of the four different charities. They will take turns to present their arguments and try to convince others in the group that their charity deserves the donation. At the end of the discussion learners will vote for the most deserving charity.


  • To encourage learners to use English in a creative way
  • To develop learners’ speaking skills for fluency
  • To develop skills of persuasion in spoken English
  • To encourage learners to think about the role of charities

Age group:

Older teenagers and adults 


CEF level B1 and above


50-60 minutes


The lesson plan and four worksheets can be downloaded below.




Congratulations! This is a wonderful activity.

I tried it in an adult EFL class in India. The participants were not able to arrive at consensus for a long time. I give 5 stars to this.

Many thanks for the teaching materials. What a great way for my ESOL students to practise their English discussion/debating skills!

An excellent way to get the students to interact and form opinions and reasoning. Much appreciated!

I tried to download the files, I also tried with other lesson plans but did not succeed. It said the file is not available. Does anyone know how I could solve the problem? Kind regards, A

Hi Anna

Thanks for the comment. We are experiencing some issues as you say and the team is looking into it.

Please check back soon

Best wishes


How can I find the text files for these stories that I can download for students to read? I usually can find activities or audio files but can't find the text boos.

Thanks for your comment. All the texts that you need for this lesson can be found on the worksheets (PDF files above). If you click on them you can print or save them for use in the class.


TE Team


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