Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever
8/1/2005 We can get knowledge from news, but some people think we can't trust the journalist. What do you think? What qualities should a journalist have? 15/1/2005 There is an argument about whether students should study in groups or on their own. Compare the benefits of each study method. Which one do you think is more effective? 22/1/2005 Statistics suggest that nowadays an increasing number of crimes are committed by the young people. What are its causes and how can we solve this problem? 5/2/2005 Food can be produced much more cheaply, because of improved fertilizers and better machinery. However, some methods may be dangerous for human health, and have negative effects on local communities. To what extent do you think its disadvantages outweigh its advantages? 19/2/2005 Leisure is a growing industry. Nowadays, more modern technology is used in entertainment, which may lead people to be less creative. Do you agree or disagree? 26/2/2005 Now people possibly perform everyday tasks such as banking, shopping and business transaction without meeting each other face-to-face. What are its possible effects on both the individual and the society? 5/3/2005 Some academic subjects are useful for children's future careers, while some subjects such as music and sports are not useful. What’s your opinion? 12/3/2005 It is generally believed that education is vital for the development of individuals and the wellbeing of society. How can education fulfill both these functions? 19/3/2005 Some people think that traditional culture can be destroyed by using it as money-making attractions to tourists. However, others believe that it is the only way to save traditions. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 2/4/2005 Pressure on the school and university students is increasing and students are pushed to work hard when they are young. Do you think it is a positive or negative development? 9/4/2005
Some people think that I look like a terrorist.
2007.06.16 In many countries, traditional foods are being replaced by international fast foods. This is having a negative effect on both families and societies. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 2007.07.07 In some countries, schools aim to provide a general education across a range of subjects. In others, children focus on a narrow range of subjects related to a particular career. For today’s world, which of these systems is more appropriate? 2007.07.14 Lectures were used in the past as an old way of teaching a large number of students. As new technology is now available for education, some people suggest that there is no justification for lectures. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 2007.07.21 Many problems have impacts on the world, so good relationships between different countries are becoming more and more important. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 2007.8.11 Some people think the food has been changed by technological and scientific advances is improved, but others worry that is harmful. Discuss both sides and give your opinion. 2007.8.18 Some people think that a new language should be invented for people from different countries to use for the international communication. To what extent do you think its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages? 2007.8.25 Some people think that money should be saved for one’s retired life. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 2007.9.1 Some people think students should be encouraged to begin working after they have graduated from senior high school, while others think students should attend university first and then begin to work. What’s your opinion? 2007.9.8 The unlimited use of cars may lead to many problems. What are these problems? In order to reduce these problems, people should be discouraged from using cars. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 2007.9.22 Who should pay the costs for higher education: all paid by government, all paid by students, all paid by students using a loan and repaid after graduation. Compare the benefits and choose one you think best. 2007.10.13
23/7/2009 Many people are optimistic about the 21st century and see it as an opportunity to make positive changes to the world. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 25/7/2009 Nowadays sending children to boarding school (either in other countries or in their own countries) is becoming increasingly popular. Why is it? Is it a positive development? 8/8/2009 The development of technology changes the way people connect with each other. In which way the development of technology change the types of relationships that people make? It has positive or negative effect on the relationships? 13/8/2009 The subjects and lesson contents are decided by the authorities or central government. Many people suggest that teacher should decide those contents themselves. To what extend do you agree or disagree? 22/8/2009 News media have become influential to our lives, and some people think that is a negative development. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 29/8/2009 In the past, people used to travel to see the difference from their home country. But, nowadays the places around the world are becoming increasingly similar. What are the causes of this similarity? Do you think that the advantages of this similarity outweigh the disadvantages?
In the last century, the first man walking on the moon said: “It is a big step for mankind”. However, some people think it makes little difference to our daily lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree? You should use your own experience to explain. 2006.4.22 Some people think that the study of history is of little use to us. Others believe that studying history helps us to know the present. Discuss both viewpoints and give your own opinion. 2006.4.29 Some people think that national sports team and individual sports men and women who represent their country should be financially supported by the government. However, some people believe they should be funded by non-government organizations (eg. Business, scholarship) What is your opinion? 2006.5.13 The shortage of housing in big cities can cause severe concequences, only government actions can solve the problem, do you agree or disagree? 2006.5.20 An increasing number of people choose to travel abroad. To what extent do you think the problems brought by international travel outweigh its advantages? 2006.6.10 Some people prefer to provide help and support to those people who need it in local communities directly. However, some people prefer to give money to national and international charitable organizations. Discuss both sides and give your reasons. 2006.6.17 Some people say the best way to solve the environmental problem is to raise the price of fuel, to what extent do you agree or disagree? 2006.6.24 Some people think that it is beneficial for students to go to private secondary schools, but others feel that it has negative effects on them. Discuss the both viewpoints and give your opinion. 2006.7.8 Today, in many countries, there is insufficient respect to old people. What are the reasons? What problems it might cause? 2006.7.22 Should students live with his parents at home or live in the school with other students? What is your opinion? 2006.7.29 Earlier technological development brought more benefits and changed the life of ordinary people more deeply than recent ones. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What ways could mobile phone and the Internet be useful to old people? How do old people be encouraged to use this new technology? 5/7/2008 Some people think students should learn more practical courses like computer, but others think they should learn more about the practical courses like geography and mathematics. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 12/7/2008 Some people support development of agriculture, like factory farming and scientific creation of fruits and vegetables, while others oppose. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 24/7/2008 Some people think that in the modern society individuals are becoming more dependent on each other, while others say that individuals are becoming more independent of each other. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 26/7/2008 Some people think the main benefit of international cooperation is in protection of the environment, while others think that the main benefit is in the world business. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 9/8/2008 In some countries, governments encourage industries and businesses to move from large cities to region areas Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages 16/8/2008 Giving detailed descriptions of crime by newspaper and television, someone says it could make bad consequence; this kind of media should be restricted. To what extant do you agree or disagree? 21/8/2008 International tourism sometimes makes people more prejudiced rather than broad-minded. 1. Some reasons why it cannot bring benefits to those visitors 2. Solutions. 30/8/2008 Some people think that students should be organized into groups to study, while others argue that students should be made to study alone. What are the benefits of each study method and which one do you think is more effective? 6/9/2008 Once children start school, teachers have more influences on their intellectual and social development than parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree?