A rise in the standard of living in a country seems to benefit cities more than rural areas. What problems might those differences cause? How can these problems be reduced?
Across the world today, the use of many languages has been declining. Only a few languages have been increasingly used. Is this a positive or negative development?
As countries develop, their populations tend to live individually or in small family units. What are the causes of this trend and what are the effects on society？
As part of education, students should spend a period of time studying and living in a different country to learn language and culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Caring for children is important in any society. All parents should be required to take childcare courses. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Countries with a long average working time are more economically successful than those countries which do not have a long working time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Economic progress is one way to measure the success of a country.
How can people achieve this goal?
Human beings like to copy each other and this is reflected in the popularity of fashion, clothes, and consumer goods. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Human society has made great technological progress in the last hundred years. Some people think this also has negative effects on our life. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In many countries today, people in big cities prefer to live alone or in small family units rather than large and extended family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend?
In many countries, the quality of life in large cities is becoming worse. What are the causes for this problem? What measures do you think should be taken to tackle this problem?
In modern societies, it is possible for people to go shopping, work and communicate via the internet without face-to-face communication. Is it a positive or negative development?
In some countries, governments pay the money for students’ university fees while in other countries, students pay for themselves. Do advantages of governments paying for the students outweigh its disadvantages?
In some countries, parents expect their children to spend a long time studying both in and after school and have less free time. What are the positive and negative effects on children and society they live in?
In what areas do you think the most important progress has been made? In what areas does more need to be done?
Many parents these days work in other countries, taking their families with them. Do you think advantages of the development outweigh its disadvantages?
More and more people want to buy famous brands of clothes, cars and other items. What are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
Not enough students choose science subjects in universities in many countries. What are the reasons and what are the effects to the society?
Nowadays some countries encourage people to buy more and more products, while others believe it has negative effects on the society. To what extent do you agree or disagree？
Nuclear energy is better than other sources of energy to meet the increasing need. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
People are surrounded by all kinds of advertising. Some people believe that advertising has a negative effect on people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree？
Responsible tourists could preserve both the local culture and environment. Some people think it is impossible to be a responsible tourist. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Scientists advise people to lead a healthy lifestyle, but many people still continue with unhealthy activities. What are the reasons and what can we do to change the situation？
Some people believe that giving aid to poorer countries has more negative effects than positive effects. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that government money should be spent on important things rather than arts such as painting and music. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that when designing a building, the most important thing to be considered is the function rather than the outward appearance. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think it is important for all children to learn history in school. Others believe that other subjects are more relevant to children’s lives today. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think secondary school students should learn international news as one of their subjects, while others believe that this is a waste of valuable time. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that in this modern world people are getting dependent on each other, while others think the modern world gets people more independent on each other. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that older school children should learn a wide range of subjects to acquire more knowledge, while other people believe they should learn a small number of subjects in details. Discuss both views and give your opinions.
Some people think that the government should offer financial support and care to old people, while others think that people should save money for their future life. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that work is the most important thing in people’s life. Without the success of career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think they have right to use as much fresh water as they want, while others believe governments should strictly control the use of fresh water as it is a limited resource. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think watching TV is bad for children, while others think that watching TV has more beneficial effects on children. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
Some people think young people should be free to choose his or her job, but other people think they should be realistic and think more about their future. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some scientists think it is very soon that computers will be more intelligent than humans. Some people think it is a positive development, while others think it is a negative development. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Space travel has been possible for some time and some people believe that space tourism could be developed in the future. Do you think it is a positive or negative development
The restoration of old buildings in major cities in the world costs numerous governments’ expenditures. This money should be used in new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
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?
Young people are leaving their homes from rural areas to study or work in the cities. What are the reasons? Do advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages?