1 People who often read for pleasure can develop better imagination and language skills than those who often entertain themselves with television or the Internet. Do you agree or disagree?
2 We have entered a throw-away society and filled the environment with rubbish that we cannot fully dispose of with current technology. What are the causes of this situation and what are your solutions?
3 Nowadays, air transport is often used to take vegetables and fruits to countries where they are out of season. Some people think that is a positive development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
4 Today, people can work and live almost anywhere they want to because of the progress of communication technology and transport. Do you think that the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?
5 Some employers think that academic qualifications are more important than life experience and personal qualities when they look for an employee. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
6 Some people think that children should go to boarding schools instead of living with their parents. Do you agree or disagree?
7 Some people argue that students who are not talented in language learning should not be required to learn a foreign language. Do you agree or disagree?
8 Students learn more from lessons taught by teachers than from other sources, such as the Internet and television. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
9 In many countries, school subjects and course contents are decided by the authorities, such as the central government. Some people think that students should decide these for themselves. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
10 Some people believe that charities should concentrate on helping poor people in their own countries. Others, however, believe that charities should give international aid to those in greatest need. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
11 Some people think that the only purpose of prison is to punish crime. Others, however, think that it has other purposes. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
12 As the number of cars increases, more money has to be spent on the road systems. Some people think that the government should pay for this. Others, however, think that car users should pay for the costs. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
13 In many countries, traditional food is being replaced by international fast food. Some people think that has negative effects on both individuals and society as a whole. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
14 Some people think that public museums and art galleries are useless because we can see historical objects and works of art on the Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
15 The older generations have traditional ideas about the correct ways of life, thinking and behaviour. Some people think that these ideas are not helpful for the young generation to prepare for modern life. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
16 Customers are faced with an increasing amount of advertising due to the competition among companies. To what extent do you think consumers are influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?
17 Human activities have negative effects on many plants and animals. Some people think that it is too late to do anything about this situation, while others believe that effective actions can still be taken to improve this situation. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
18 Many developing countries are expanding their tourism industry. Why is this the case? Is it a positive or negative development?
19 News has no connection with most people's lives. It is a waste of time to read news in newspapers or watch news programmes on TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
20 Some people think that the government should help citizens adopt healthy lifestyles such as having healthy diets and participation in sports. Others, however, think that citizens should live in ways that they like. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.