Some people think developing countries should invite foreign companies to open branches, offices and factories to promote their economies. Others say that they should keep the foreign companies out and depend more on their own local companies. Describe both views and give your opinion.
Some people believe that governments should make investment in building public libraries in every town, while others think it is a waste of money because we have access to information via Internet. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that social skills are as important as academic qualifications. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Most of the urgent problems can only be solved with international cooperation. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that young people should follow traditions of their society, and others think young people should be free to behave as they will. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
The spread of multinational companies and the increase of globalization produces positive effects for everyone. To what extent to you agree or disagree?
Some people think the technology makes life complex, so we should make the life simpler without using the technology. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In the future，there will be a higher proportion of older people than younger people. Is it a positive or negative development?
News media are important in modern society. Why are they so important? Are their influences generally positive or negative?
In some countries old people are highly valued, while in some cultures young people are highly valued. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Do you think how important it is for people to want success in life ? Is ambition a positive or negative characteristic?
Nowadays, there is a trend that reports of media focus on problems and emergencies rather than positive developments. Some people think it is harmful to individuals and to society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think planning future is a waste of time and people should focus on the present. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In modern world, it is no longer necessary to use animals for food or use animal products, for instance, clothing and medicines. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays consumers are faced with the advertisements from competitive companies. To what extent do you agree that consumers are influenced by advertisements? What measures should be taken to protect them?
In most countries，prison is an effective solution for the problem of crime. Some people think it is a more effective solution to provide a better education. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
The increase in food production owes much to fertilizers and better machinery, but some people think that it has a negative impact on human health and community. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that the government should support the funds for the arts, while some other people suggest that the money should be used for public health and education. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Some people think news have no connection to people's lives, so then it is a waste of time to read the news in the newspaper and watch television news programs. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many people believe that scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the government rather than private companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
An increasing number of people do not know their neighbors, and there is no longer a sense of community. What do you think are the causes of this situation? What solutions can you suggest?
Some visitors are interested in other countries' culture and tradition. How can visitors learn it?Why are other visitors not interested in it?
Advertisements encourage consumers to buy in quantity rather than in quality. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is better for students to live away from home while studying at university than living with parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In most cities and towns, the high volumes of road traffic have become a problem. What are the causes and what actions could be taken to solve the problem?
Some people believe arts such as painting and music cannot directly improve the quality of people's lives so that government money should be spent on other things. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In many countries, there are 24 -hour TV programs. Is it a positive or negative development?
Nowadays, mobile phones and internet have become increasingly important in people’s social life. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
A large number of young people cannot find jobs after they leave school. What problems will youth unemployment cause in individual and for society? What measures should be taken to reduce the level of unemployment among young people?
In some countries, museums charge people for admission, while in some other countries, people are admitted into museums free of charge. Do you think the advantages of charging admission outweigh its disadvantages?
Many countries spend a lot of money preparing competitors to take part in major sports competitions such as the Olympics, football world cup etc. Some people think that it would be better to spend this money to encourage children to take part in sports in a young age. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that everyone has the right to receive university education，so the government should make it free to all people regardless of their financial background. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Since money for postgraduate research is limited, some people think financial support from the government should be only provided for scientific research rather than the research for less useful subjects. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In some countries, young people are not only richer but also safer and healthier than ever before. However, they are less happy. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions can you suggest?
Some people think personal happiness is closely related to economic success, while others believe that it depends on other factors. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Many countries now have people from different cultures and ethnic groups. What is the reason for this? Is it a positive or negative development?
It has become easier and more affordable for people to visit other countries. Is it a positive or negative development?
Some people think that advertising discourage us from being different individuals, as all people want to do the same and look the same. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe more actions can be done to prevent crime, while others think that little can be done. What is your opinion?
We have three important parts of education reading, writing and Math. Some people think every child will benefit from a fourth skill added to the list: computer skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In the past, people used to travel abroad to look many differences from their home country. Nowadays, cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar. What are the reasons?Is this a positive or negative development?
With the increasing use of mobile phones and computers, fewer people are writing letters. Some people think that the traditional skill of writing letters will disappear completely. To what extent do you agree or disagree? How do you think letter-writing is important?
More and more companies are allowing employees to work from home. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
Nowadays, people always throw old things away and buy new things, whereas in the past, old things were repaired and used again. What factors cause this phenomenon? What effects does the phenomenon lead to?
In some countries around the world men and women are having babies late in life. What are the reasons? Is it a positive or negative development?
We live in cities or towns which have museums displaying historical and cultural importance, but people do not visit them. What are the reasons?How important are those museums to our society?
Some people believe that people who read books can develop more imagination and language skills than those who prefer to watch TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that work is the most important thing of people's life. Without the success of career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In some countries, parents expect their children to spend 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?
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?
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 people think all lawbreakers should be put into prison, while others believe that there are better alternatives. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Not enough students choose science subjects in universities in many countries. What are the reasons and what are the effects to the society?
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?
Some people believe that studying in a college or university is the best way for students to prepare for their future career. Others think they should leave school as soon as possible to develop their career through work experience. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
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?
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?
One hundred years ago, some people believed that human race would make continuous progress in all areas of life. Today, people feel less certain about this. In what areas do you think the most important progress has been made? In what areas does more need to be done?
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?
Some people claim that it is acceptable to use animals in medical research for the benefit of human beings, while other people argue that it is wrong. Discuss both views and give your 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.
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?
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?
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 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 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.
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?
Some people think family has the most powerful influence on children's development. Others，however, believe that other things have greater effects. 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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 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?
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 scientists think it is very soon that computers will be more intelligent than human. Some people think it is a positive development, while others think it is a negative development. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Nuclear energy is better than other sources of energy to meet the increasing need. 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?
Throughout the history people have dreamed of living in a perfect society, but people have not agreed on what an perfect society would be like. What do you think is the most important element for building a perfect society? How can people achieve this goal?
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 limited resource. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
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