“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.”


So this week in CAE Compact we looked at feedback on our essays on poverty. The students’ ideas were great, but with a little tweaking to the language used, and including more variety, their essays would have been truly great.

Mother Teresa said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” In my view no thesaurus should suffer this plight. A thesaurus can give your language such richness. For example, instead of always saying ‘poor’ we could use: disadvantaged, deprived, poverty-stricken, impoverished, needy, in need. 

One of the topics discussed in the essays was the role that charities could play in the fight against global poverty. It is important to get the collocations right. We set up, establish, found, build or create a charity which seeks or aims to raise awareness of a situation or to sensitize people to something which is happening. People can be concerned but we cannot concern them about something, rather we make them aware of something.


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