1 Some people think that strict punishments for driving offences are the only way to reduce traffic accidents. Do you agree or disagree?
2 Today, more and more parents depend on their children’s grandparents for childcare. Do you think this is a positive or negative trend?
3 Some people believe that new technological developments in agriculture, such as factory farming and creation of new types of vegetables, have brought more benefits than problems. Do you agree or disagree?
4 Some people think that students should study in groups. Others, however, believe that students should study alone. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
5 Schools should only provide subjects that are beneficial to students' future careers. Other subjects, such as art and sports, are not important. Do you agree or disagree?
6 In many countries, the subjects that are taught in schools are decided by the central authorities. Some people think that teachers, rather than politicians, should be responsible for this task. To what extent you agree or disagree?
7 Mobile phones and the Internet are useful tools. However, not many elderly people use them. In what ways can mobile phones and the Internet be useful to elderly people? How can elderly people be encouraged to use them?
8 Museums and art galleries are not necessary because people can see the historical objects and works of art in these places on television or on the Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
9 Governments should control the amount of violence in the media. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
10 Some people think that advertising aimed at children should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
11 International travel is cheaper and more convenient than ever. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
12 Cheap air travel is increasingly popular today. To what extent do you think the advantages of this trend outweigh the disadvantages?
13 In multi-cultural societies, people of different cultural backgrounds live and work together. Do you think the advantages of multi-cultural societies outweigh the disadvantages?
14 Some people think that a high salary is the most important factor in choosing a job. Others, however, believe that job security is more important. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
15 Governments should pay for people’s education and health care. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
16 Some people think that financial aid should be provided to poor countries, while others believe that providing them with practical aid and advice is better. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
17 Young offenders should be made to do community service rather than be sent to prison. Do you agree or disagree?
18 Many urban residents today suffer from noise pollution and air pollution. What are the causes of this? Suggest some solutions.
19 In some countries, the use of alternative sources of energy，such as wind power and solar energy，is increasingly encouraged. Do you think this is a positive or negative trend?
20 The time and money spent on the protection of wild animals should be spent on improving human lives instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree?