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e.g. Some people think it is better for children to begin to learn a foreign language at primary school than at secondary school. What's your opinion? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
e.g. It is better for students at university to live far away from home than to live at home with their parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
e.g. In some countries, the parents expect children to spend long time in studying both in and after school and have less free time. Do you think it has positive or negative effects on children and the society that they live in?
e.g. Some people think only the best students should be rewarded, while others think we should reward those who make progress. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
e.g. Some working parents believe childcare centers can provide best care for children, others think other family members like grandparents can do this job. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
e.g. Pressure on the school and university students is increasing and students are pushed too hard work when they are young. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
e.g. Some people think that students benefit from going to private secondary schools. Others, however, feel that private secondary schools can have a negative effect on society as a whole. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
e.g. Some people believe that the range of technology available to individuals today is increasing the gap between the poor people and the rich people, while some others say this has an opposite effect. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
e.g. Today, the advanced science and technology have made great changes to people’s life, but artists such as musicians, painters and writers are still highly valued. What can arts tell us about life that science and technology cannot?
e.g. Leisure is a growing industry, but people no longer entertain themselves as much as they used to because the use of modern technology has made them less creative. Do you agree or disagree?
e.g. Mobile phones and the Internet are very useful. However, it is rare for old people to use them. What ways could mobile phones and the Internet be useful to old people? How does the old people to be encouraged using this new technology?
e.g. In the past century when a human astronaut first arrived on the Moon, he said, ‘It is a big step for mankind.’ But some people think it makes little difference to our daily life. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
e.g. There are more workers working at home and more students studying at home, because the computer technology is more and more easily accessible and cheaper. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
e.g. Universities and colleges are now offering qualifications through distance learning from the Internet rather than teachers in the classroom. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
e.g. Some people think that the increasing use of computers and mobiles for communication has had a negative effect on young people’s reading and writing skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
e.g. The world of work is changing rapidly. Working conditions today are not the same as before and people no longer rely on taking one job for life. Discuss the possible causes for these changes and give your suggestions on how people should prepare for work in the future.
e.g. Some countries have a long working day, which is helpful for them to become economically successful, but it also causes some negative social problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
e.g. In some countries, it is illegal for companies to reject job applicant for their age. Is this a positive or negative development?
e.g. Some people think most crime is the result of circumstances such as poverty and other social problems. Others believe that most crime is caused by people who are bad by nature. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.