Situation :

Smithsons is planning to come to your country. You will be taking part in an edition of Vista, the live TV debate programme.

Chose your role :

– Students A : Chairperson

You will chair the debate about supermarket growth. You need to make sure everyone speaks and to stop people dominating the discussion. You may need to clarify points.

Begin by welcoming the participants and the audience at home to the programme.

Introduce the topic, which tonight is ‘Supermarket superpower ? The continued growth of a supermarket giant.’

Ask the panel the following general questions to start the debate.

– Should Smithsons come to you country ?

– What effect will its arrival have on the economy ? employment ? other retailers ? shopping habits .

bring the debate to an end and thank the guests and the audience at home for watching.

– Students B : Labour relations expert

You need to listen carefully to the chairperson and other guests. Ask them to clarify anything you are not sure about. You also need to make the following points. 

You are worried about the following :

– low wages

– rival businesses closing and unemployment

– poor working conditions, e.g. no breaks, overtime, etc.

– anti-union policies

– high staff turnover

– Students C : Governement representative

You need to listen carefully to the chairperson and other guests. Ask them to clarify anything you are not sure about. You also need to make the following points. 

You think Smithsons will bring the following benefits:

– an overall benefit to the economy

– lots of new jobs (it’s a big employer)

– improvement in the environement in some areas through Smithsons’ community work

– increased competition, which will encourage other retailers to do better

– up-to-date retail methods

– Students D : Opposition party representative

You need to listen carefully to the chairperson and other guests. Ask them to clarify anything you are not sure about. You also need to make the following points. 

You think Smithsons will have the following negative effects:

– be bad for the economy

– destroy jobs and small businesses

– use foreign suppliers, which is bad for local suppliers

– cause damage to the environment

– Students E: Consumer group representative 

You need to listen carefully to the chairperson and other guests. Ask them to clarify anything you are not sure about. You also need to make the following points. 

You think Smithsons will:

– benefit the consumer by lowering prices, which is good for the poorer sections of society

– give consumers a greater range of products at affordable prices

– bring general improvement in quality

– provide more international and up-to-date products