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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. Nowadays education quality is very low. Some people think we should encourage our students to evaluate and criticise their teachers. Others believe that it will result in a loss of respect and discipline in the classroom. Discuss on both sides.
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.
e.g. Some people think the only purpose of prison is to punish crime. Others think it has other functions. Discuss the two views and give your opinions.
e.g. More and more measures to improve the security in large urban areas have been introduced in many countries because of the increased crime. Do the benefits of these measures outweigh the drawbacks?
e.g. Society is based on rules and laws. It would not function if individuals are free to do whatever they want to. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
e.g. 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?
e.g. Recent years, the number of crimes committed by young people in major cities throughout the world is increasing. Discuss this issue. Give reasons and suggest some solutions.
e.g. In the past, people used to travel to see the difference from their home country. However, the sceneries in places around the world seem similar nowadays. What are the causes of these similarities? Do you think that the advantages of this similarity outweigh the disadvantages?
e.g. The advantages brought by the spread of English as a “global language” will outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
e.g. During the 20th century, contacts between different parts of the world developed quickly, thanks to the air travel and telecommunication. To what extent do you think societies benefit from increasing contact and closer relationships with foreigners brought by international tourism and business?
e.g. In order to learn a language well, we should also learn about the country as well as the cultures and lifestyles of the people who speak this language. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
e.g. The government is responsible for protecting a nation’s cultural identity. Thus, some people believe new buildings should be built in traditional styles. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?