1 In some countries, there is not enough recycling of waste materials (e.g. paper, glass, and cans). What are the reasons and solutions?
2 People are surrounded by many kinds of advertising which can influence their life. Do the positive effects of this trend outweigh the negative effects?
3 Nowadays, most people learn academic study at university, but others think we should encourage to learn vocational skills more, do you agree or disagree?
4 Nowadays, more and more jobs and tasks are done by machines which involve hard physical work. Do the positive effects of this trend outweigh the negative effects?
5 The government should spend money in promoting sport and art in school, rather than sponsoring professional sports and art events in communities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
6 Consumption of the world’s resources (such as oil, freshwater, etc) is increasing at a dangerous rate. What are the causes of this increased consumption? What can people do to reduce it?
7 In some countries, secondary schools aim to provide a general education across a range of subjects. In others, children focus on a narrow range of subjects related to a particular career. Which do you think is appropriate in today’s world?
8 Students in school or university learn more from teachers than from other resources (e.g. Internet or TV), do you agree or disagree?
9 As well as making money, businesses should also have social responsibilities. Do you agree or disagree?
10 Some people think reading stories in books is better than watching TV or playing computer games for children. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
11 Advertising discourages people from being different individuals by making us all want to do the same and look the same. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
12 It has been suggested that all young adults should be required to undertake a period of unpaid work helping people in the community. Would the drawbacks be greater than benefits to the community and the young adults themselves?
13 Many people nowadays don’t feel safe either when they are at home or go out. What are the reasons? What can we do to solve this problem?
14 People can live and work anywhere they want to choose because of improved communication technology and transport. Do the advantages of this development outweigh disadvantages?
15 More and more people want to study at university, so competition of university places is increasing. Why do more and more people want to study at university? Is it positive or negative?
16 Many countries believe that international tourism has harmful effects. Why do they think so? What can be done to change their views?
17 In some countries around the world men and women are having babies late in life. What are the reasons? What are the effects on society and the family?
18 Some people believe that in order to improve educational quality, we should encourage students to make comments or even criticism on their teachers, but others think it will lead to the loss of respect and discipline in the classroom. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
19 Some people believe that young people who commit serious crimes should be punished in the same way as adults. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
20 Some people think that only the best students should be rewarded. Others, however, think that it is more important to reward students who show improvements. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
21 Older people who need employment have to compete with younger people. What problem does this cause and what are the solutions?
22 Some people think that using mobile phones and computers has a negative effect on young people's reading and writing skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
23 Some people think that the best way to improve road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving a car or motor-bike. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
24 Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists and not local people. Why is the case? What can be done to attract local people?
25 Some people think that the amount of noise people make should be controlled strictly, while others say that people are free to make as much noise as they wish. Discuss both views and give your opinion.