Some people think that the best way to improve road transport safety is to let the driver test each year. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
People should look after their health as a duty to the society where they live, rather than their own benefits. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many people think that the best way to learn a culture is to learn the language of it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists and not local people. Why is this case? What can be done to attract local people?
Some people say that advertising has positive economic effects. Others think it has negative social effects because it will make people feel dissatisfied with who they are and what they have. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that in order to continue improving the quality of high school education students should be encouraged to evaluate and criticize their teachers. Others, however, believe that this would result in the loss of respect and dignity for teachers. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
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?
Young people do not spend their holiday and weekend doing outdoor activities like hiking and climbing in the natural environment. Why and how to encourage them to go out?
Many people believe that bicycle is a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport. However, it is no longer the main form of transport. What are the reasons? What could be done to encourage the use of bicycles among the wider population?
More and more people no longer read newspaper or watch TV programs to get news. They get news about the world through the internet. Is this a positive or negative development?
Improving schools is the most important factor for the successful development of a country. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some charitable organizations (groups that help people in need) allow people who give money to charity to choose how their donations will be used. (For example, people can decide whether their donated money is spent directly on goods and services for people in need or on advertising by the charity.) If you were to give money to charity, would you prefer to choose how your donation is going to be used, or do you think it is more effective to leave that decision to the organization? Why?
It is better to travel abroad to visit different countries when you are younger rather than when you are older. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many students starting university must choose a major (main field of study at university), and parents of these students often give them advice about which major to choose. Some parents tell students to choose the major that most interests the students. Other parents tell students that it is best to choose a major that will lead to a job with a high salary, even if that major may not be the one that most interests the students. Which approach do you believe is better and why?
Scientists should be responsible for the negative impacts of their discoveries.
Getting advice from older people is more valuable than from friends of the same age.To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many students starting university must choose a major (main field of study at university), and parents of these students often give them advice about which major to choose. Some parents tell students to choose the major that most interests the students. Other parents tell students that it is best to choose a major that will lead to a job with a high salary, even if that major may not be the one that most interests the students.
If one of your friends wants to reduce living expenses, which is the most effective way?
find a roommate that can share the living expenses.buy the new technological products (like cell phone) less frequently.
shop for less expensive food and cook at home (instead of eating in restaurants or buying expensive food items).
Which one of the following values is the most important to share with a young child (5-10 years old)?1. being helpful2. being honest3. being well organized
Younger children (aged under 12 years) would get benefits if they are also taught different subjects by different teachers every day. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people like working at places that have a fixed schedule, with everyone starting and ending the workday at the same times. Other people believe that employees should be allowed to set their own work hours. For example, some employees could end their workday earlier by starting earlier, and other employees could end their workday later by starting later. Which view do you think is better? Why?
Two people can be good friends even if one has more money than the other.
Your job has a greater effect on your overall happiness than your social life does.
Some universities have student leaders who are chosen by other students to perform important duties at the school ( for example, meeting with school administrators to discuss problems at the school). If your university requires you to choose student leaders, which ONE of the following do you believe is the best way for you to inform yourself about whom to choose?A. Reading articles in the school newspaper about the view of each person who wants to be a student leaderB. Listening to what each person who wants to be a student leader says about important issues (for example, in speeches or interviews)C. Getting recommendations from the teachers of each person who wants to be a student leader
Advertising today is less honest than it was in the past; for this reason, it is not very useful to people as they decide which products to buy.
Sometimes filmmakers make movies that are based on books. When a movie is based on a book, some people prefer to read the book before watching the movie. Other people prefer to read the book after they have watched the movie. Which do you prefer, and why?
In the past people were more friendly than they are today.
Many people nowadays spend too much money on their pets (dogs, cats, or other animals), although there are better uses for this money.
Some people believe that classrooms for high school students (aged 15-18) should be organized into skill groups, meaning that students who score well on certain subjects would learn in a classroom together with people with similar skill levels. Other people believe that high school classes should include students with different skill levels, meaning that students who score low on certain subjects should be placed with students who score high. Which view do you agree with? Why?
Movies and television programs should present stories that show good people being rewarded and bad people being punished.
A university is considering establishing a new requirement for graduation in addition to its normal requirement about completing the coursework: all students must attend a course on public speaking to develop skills that will be useful in speaking in front of large groups of people. Do you agree or disagree that a public speaking course should be a requirement for all of the university's students? Why?
Some companies are controversial and criticized for the business. Do you think it is acceptable for people to take jobs at such companies that pay well?
Some people believe that, in addition to learning new things at school or at work, it is important to learn new skills that are not directly connected to your school or work life. Which one of the following do you think would be most beneficial? Why?A. Learning a creative skill such as drawing or painting;B. Learning how to manage your finance (money) better;C. Learning how to play a game or sport.
In many places, it has been typical for teachers of high school students (aged 14-18) to lecture or lead a discussion while the students listen and take notes for most of the school day. However, it is not an effective way to prepare students for careers in the modern workplace. A better way to do that is for teachers to spend most of the school day on student-led discussion (in which students frequently present their ideas and discuss them with the class) and project-based activities (in which students do their own research and work together while the teachers are available to help them as needed).
When you have been friends with someone for a long time, it is important to continue your friendship with that person even if he or she does something you do not like. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Parents today spend too much time trying to help determine the futures of their children; children should be allowed to make their own choices.
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