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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?
e.g. Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customers and behaviours. Some people disagree; they think the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss the two views and give your opinion.
e.g. Nowadays, a lot of charities and organisations have to publicize their activities by setting up a number of special days, like 'National Children's Day', for encouraging good care of children, and 'National Non-smoking Day', for encouraging people to pay more attention to health. Why do these organisations take these activities, and what will the effect be?
e.g. Some people think paying taxes is a big enough contribution to their society, while others think people have more responsibilities as members of society than only paying taxes. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
e.g. As countries develop, their populations tend to live individually or live in small family units. Discuss the causes and effects on the society.
e.g. Some people believe famous people's support towards international aid organizations draws the attention to problems, while others think celebrities make the problems less important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
e.g. Nowadays men and women in many countries decide to have babies at an older age. What are the reasons? What effects does this trend have on society and family life?
e.g. It is suggested that all the young adults should undertake a period of unpaid work helping people in the community. Does it bring more benefits or drawbacks to the community