05.01.08 Nowadays, people get information through news and papers, but meanwhile are uncertain about the truth of these news. Should we believe the journalists? What qualities should a good journalist or correspondent have? 

05.01.15 
Some teachers say students should be organised into groups to study. Others argue students should be made to study alone. Tell the benefits of each study method. Which one do you think is more effective? 

05.01.22 
Recent years, the number of crimes committed by young people in major cities throughout the world is increasing. Discuss this issue. Give reasons and suggest some solutions. 

05.02.05 
Food can be produced much more cheaply today because of improved fertilisers and better machinery. However, some of the methods used to do this may be dangerous to human health and may have negative effects on local communities. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

05.02.19 
Leisure is a growing industry, but people no longer entertain themselves as much as they used to because the use of modern technology has made them less creative. Do you agree or disagree?

05.02.26
People can perform everyday tasks, such as shopping and banking as well as business transactions, without meeting other people face-to-face. What are the effects of this on individual and society as a whole? 

05.03.05 
Some people think visitors to others countries should imitate local customers and behaviours. Some people disagree; they think the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss the two views and give your opinion. 

05.03.12 
It is generally believed that education is of vital importance to the development of individuals and the well-being of societies. What should education consist of to fulfil both these functions? 

05.03.19 
Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe it is the only way to save these traditions. Discuss on both sides and give your opinion. 

05.04.02 
Pressure on the school and university students is increasing and students are pushed to hard work when they are young. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

05.04.09 
Nowadays education quality is very low. Some people think we should encourage our students to evaluate and criticise their teachers. Others believe that it will result in a loss of respect and discipline in the cla***oom. Discuss on both sides. 

05.04.16 
The advantages brought by the spread of English as a “global language” will outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view? 

05.05.14 
Some school leavers travel or work for a period of time instead of going directly to university. What are the advantages and disadvantages? 

05.05.21 
many people are optimistic of the 21st century and see it as an opportunity to make positive changes to the world. To what extent do you share their optimism? What changes would you like to see in the new century? 

05.05.28 
Nowadays, some universities offer graduate students skills that assist to find employment, but some people believe the main function of a university should be to access knowledge for its sake. What’s your opinion? 

05.06.11 
The government is responsible for protecting a nation’s cultural identity. Thus, some people believe new buildings should be built in traditional styles. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

05.06.18 
Sending criminals to prison is not the best method of dealing with them. Education and job training are better ways to help them. Do you agree or disagree? 

05.06.25 
Some people think that the news media nowadays have influenced people’s lives in negative ways. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

05.07.09 
Some people think the government should pay for health care and education, but other people claim that it can benefit only the workers, not the employers. Do you agree or disagree? 

05.07.16 
Many employees may work at home with the modern technology. Some people claim that it can benefit only the workers, not the employers. Do you agree or disagree? 

05.07.23 
The detailed description about crime will affect the people and cause many social problems. Some people say that the media should be strictly controlled. Do you agree or disagree? 

05.08.06 
Many people say that we have developed into a “throw-away” culture, because we are filling up our environment with so many plastic bags and rubbish that we cannot fully dispose of. To what extent do you agree with this opinion and what measures can you recommend reducing this problem? 

05.08.13 
Some scientists believe that studying the behaviour of 3-year-old children can tell which children would grow up to be criminals. To what extent in your opinion is crime a product of human nature or is it possible to stop children from growing up to be criminals? 

05.08.20 
Some people think that people moving to a new country should accept new culture in the foreign country rather than living as a separate minority group with different lifestyle. Do you agree or disagree? 

05.09.03 
Children who grow up in families which are short of money are better prepared with the problems of adult life than children who are brought up by wealthy parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

05.09.10 
The only way to improve the safety on our own road is to have stricter punishment for driving offenders. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

05.09.17
Some people think that using animals for experimentation purpose is cruel, but other people think that is necessary for the development of science. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 

05.10.15 
In many countries, good schools and medical facilities are available only in cities. Some people think new teachers and doctors should work in rural areas for a few years, but others think everyone should be free to choose where they work. Discuss and give your own opinion. 

05.10.22 
The speeding up of life in many areas such as travel and communication has negative effects on society at all levels—individual, national and global. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

05.10.29 
Some people think the increasing business and cultural contact between countries brings many positive effects. Others say it causes the loss of national identities. Discuss on both sides and give your opinion. 

05.11.12 
As global trade increases between different countries, many daily necessities are produced in other countries. Such goods are usually transported a long distance. Do the benefits of this trend outweigh its drawbacks? 

05.11.19 
Advertising encourages consumers to buy in quantity rather than promoting quality. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

05.11.26 
The main purpose of public libraries is to provide books and they shouldn’t waste their limited resources and space on providing expensive hi-tech media such as computer software, videos and DVDs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 

05.12.03 
Far too little has been done to prevent animals and plants from dying out, although people have been aware of this problem for a long time. Why do people do so little about it? Give your suggestions on how to solve this problem. 

05.12.10 
Many people believe that scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the governments rather than private companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

05.12.17 
It is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. Architects shouldn’t worry about producing building as a work of art. Do you agree or disagree? 

06.01.07
Some people believe they should keep all the money they have earned and should not pay tax to the state. Do you agree or disagree?

06.01.14
There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. What forms do they take? Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits of mobile phones? 

06.01.21
Today, the advanced science and technology have made great changes to people’s life, but artists such as musicians, painters and writers are still highly valued. What can arts tell us about life that science and technology cannot? 

06.02.11
In many countries, the proportion of older people is steadily increasing. Does this trend have more positive or negative effects on the society?

06.02.18
Some people believe that air travel should be restricted because it causes serious pollution and uses up the world’s fuel resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

06.02.25
More and more measures to improve the security in large urban areas have been introduced in many countries because of the increased crime. Do the benefits of these measures outweigh the drawbacks?

06.03.11
In many countries more and more young people are leaving school but unable to find jobs. What problems do you think youth unemployment causes for individuals and the society? What measures should be taken to reduce the level of unemployment among youngsters? 

06.03.18
Some people think that teachers should be responsible for teaching students to judge what is right and wrong so that they can behave well. Others say that teachers should only teach students academic subjects. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

06.03.25
One long-distance flight consumes fuel which a car uses in several years’ time, but they cause the same amount of pollution. So some people think that we should discourage non-essential flights, such as tourist travel, rather than to limit the use of cars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

06.04.08
In the past century when a human astronaut first arrived on the Moon, he said, ‘It is a big step for mankind.’ But some people think it makes little difference to our daily life. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

06.04.22
Some people think history has nothing or little to tell us, but others think that studying the past history can help us better understand the present. .Please discuss the two views and give your own opinion.

06.04.29
Some people think that national sports teams and individual men and women who represent their country should be financially supported by the government. However, others argue that they should be funded by non-government sources (e.g. Business, scholarships, etc. ) Discuss both views and give your opinion. 


06.05.13
Housing shortage in big cities can cause severe social consequences. Some people think only government action can solve this problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

06.05.20
International tourism has become a huge industry in the world. Do the problems of international travel outweigh its advantages? 

06.05.27
Some people think that using animals for experimentation purpose is cruel, but other people think that it is necessary for the development of science. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 

06.06.10
Some people prefer to provide help and support directly to those in the local community who need it. Others, however, prefer to give money to national and international charitable organisations. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 

06.06.17
The best way to solve the world’s environmental problem is to increase the price of fuel. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

06.06.24
Some people think that students benefit from going to private secondary schools. Others, however, feel that private secondary schools can have a negative effect on society as a whole. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

06.07.08
In many countries today there is insufficient respect to old people. What are the reasons? What problems might it bring to the society? 

06.07.22
It is better for students at university to live far away from home than to live at home with their parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 

06.07.29
Earlier technological developments brought more benefits and changed the lives of ordinary people more than recent technological developments. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

06.08.05
Some people think museums should be enjoyable places to attract and entertain young people, while others think the purpose of museums should be to educate, not entertain. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion. 

06.08.12
In order to learn a language well, we should also learn about the country as well as the cultures and lifestyles of the people who speak this language. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

06.08.25
Multi-cultural societies, in which there is a mixture of different ethnic peoples, bring more benefits than drawbacks to a country. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

06.09.02
There is an increasing amount of advertising directed at children which encourages them to buy goods such as toys and snacks. Many parents are worried that these advertisements put too much pressure on children, while some advertisers claim that they provide useful information to children. Discuss both vies and give your opinion. 

06.09.16
Some people think that the government should decide which subjects students should study at the university, while others think that students should be allowed to apply for the subject they prefer. Discuss the two vies and give your opinion. 

06.09.23
It is suggested that all the young adults should undertake a period of unpaid work helping people in the community. Does it bring more benefits or drawbacks to the community and the young people?

06.10.14
Some people think the main purpose of schools is to turn the children into good citizens and workers, rather than to benefit them as individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

06.10.21
A country becomes more interesting and develops more quickly when its population includes a mixture of nationalities and cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

06.10.28
As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual well-being. What are the factors that contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

06.11.04
Some people think that good health is a basic human need, so the medical service should not be run by profit-making companies. Do you think the disadvantages of the private health care outweigh the advantages? 

06.11.18
Some people think secondary school students should study international news as one of their subjects. Other people say this is a waste of valuable school time. Discuss both views and give your opinion. 

06.11.25
Exposure to international media such as films, TV and magazines has a significant impact on local cultures. What do you think has been the impact? Do you think its advantages outweigh the disadvantages? 

06.12.02
Throughout history, male leaders always lead us to violence and conflict. If a society is governed by female leaders it will be more peaceful. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

06.12.09
Modern buildings change the character and appearance of towns and cities. The government should insist that new buildings be built in traditional styles to protect cultural identity. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

06.12.16
Some people think that personal happiness is directly related to economic success. Others argue that happiness depends on different factors. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

07.01.06
The world of work is changing rapidly. Working conditions today are not the same as before and people no longer rely on taking one job for life. Discuss the possible causes for these changes and give your suggestions on how people should prepare for work in the future. 

07.01.13 
Some people think universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace in the future. Others think the true function of the university is to give access to knowledge for its own sake. What do you think are the main functions of a university?

07.01.20 =05.07.09 
Some people say the government should pay for the health care and education, but others say that it is not the government’s responsibility. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

07.02.03 =04.02.28
Individuals can do nothing to improve the environment. Only governments and large companies can make a difference. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

07.02.10 ≈05.11.26
Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology is now replacing their functions. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

07.03.03 ≈04.12.04
Some people think that schools should select pupils according to their academic abilities, while others believe that it is better to have pupils with different abilities study together. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

07.03.10 
With the increase in the 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 important do you think is letter-writing?

07.03.22 (深圳加考) 
Some people think that the government should provide assistance to all kinds of artists including painters, musicians and poets, etc. However, other people think that is a waste of money. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

07.03.31 =05.02.26
People can perform everyday tasks, such as shopping and banking as well as business transactions, without meeting other people face-to-face. What are the effects of this on an individual and the society as a whole? 

07.04.14 
The society would benefit from a ban on all forms of advertising because it serves no useful purpose, and can even be damaging. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

07.04.21 =06.09.02
Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from competing companies. To what extent do you think are consumers influenced by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them? 

07.04.28 =04.09.18
Air transport is increasingly used to export types of fruits and vegetables to countries where they cannot be grown or are out of season. Some people say it is a good thing, but other people think it can't be justified. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

07.05.12 ≈06.09.23
Some people believe that some unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (e.g. working in a charity, improving the relationship of neighbourhood or teaching sports to children) To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.05.19 
Computers are increasingly used in education. In which areas do you think are computers more important and in which areas are teachers more important? 

07.06.02 ≈ 06.05.20
Many developing countries are currently expanding their tourist industries Why is this the case? Is it a positive development? 

07.06.09 
Some people claim that public museums and art galleries will not be needed because people can see historical objects and works of art by using a computer. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

07.06.16 
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? 

07.06.28 ( 加考 )
The natural resources such as oil, forests and fresh water are being consumed at an alarming rate. What problems does it cause? How can we solve these problems? 

07.07.07 
In some countries, secondary 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 system is appropriate? 

07.07.14 
In the last, lecture lectures were used as a way of teaching large numbers of student, but now with the development of technology for education, many people think there is no justification for attending lectures. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.07.21 
As we are facing more and more problems which affect the whole planet, good relationships between different countries are becoming more important than ever before. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.07.26 (加考) 
Team activities can teach more skills for life than those activities which are played alone. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.08.11 
It is known to all that the technological and scientific advances have made greater changes to the range and quality of our food. Some people regard it as an improvement while others believe that the change is harmful. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

07·08.18
Some people think that we should invent a new language for international communication. Do the benefits of this outweigh the problems? 

07.08.25 
Some people say that it is the responsibility of individuals to save money for their own care after they retire. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.09.01 
Some people think that studying in a college or university is the best way for students to prepare for their future career. But others think they should leave school as soon as possible to develop their career through work experience. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. 

07.09.08 
The unlimited use of cars may cause many problems. What are those problems? In order to reduce the problems, should we discourage people to use cars? 

07.09.20 (北京、杭州、深圳) 
Many countries spend a lot of money in art. Some people think investment in art is necessary, but others say money is better spent on improving health and education. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. 

07.09.22 
Higher education can be funded in several ways including the following three:
1. All costs are paid by the government.
2. All costs are paid by the student.
3. All costs are paid by the student using loans from the government that must be repaid after graduation.
Discuss the benefits of each option. Which is the best one? 

07.10.06 (加考) 
Today’s children are living under more pressure from the society than children in the past. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

07.10.13
Some employers think that formal academic qualifications are more important than life experiences and personal qualities when they look for an employee. Why is it the case? Is it a positive or negative development? 

07.10.20 
Some people think it is better for children to begin to learn a foreign language at primary school than at secondary school. What's your opinion? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? 

07.10.25 
Some people think the only purpose of prison is to punish crime. Others think it has other functions. Discuss the two views and give your opinions. 

07.11.03 
The government should pay for the course fees for everyone who wants to study at the university. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.11.17
Nowadays, a large amount of advertising is aimed at children, some people think there are lots of negative effects for children, and should ban it. To what extent you agree or disagree? 

07.11.24 
Some people believe that giving aid to poorer countries has more negative effects than the positive effects. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

07.12.01 
We have entered a throw-away society and fill the environment with rubbish. What are the causes and what are your solutions? 

07.12.08 
Many people believe that main aim for university education is help graduates to find better job, while some people believe that university education has wider benefit for individual and society. Discuss both view and give your opinion.

07.12.15
Today, it is common that TV news programmes show the images of disasters and violence to the public. Discuss the reasons and the effects on the individual and the society. 

08.01.10 
Some people believe that time spent on television, video and computer games can be valuable for children. Others believe this has negative effects on a child. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

08.01.12 
Some people think the best way of reducing crime is to give longer prison sentences. Others, however, think there are other better ways to reduce crime. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

08.01.19 
The older generations have very traditional ideas about the correct ways of life, thinking and behaviour. However, some people think that these ideas are not helpful for the young generation to prepare for modern life. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? 

08.01.26 
In countries where there is a high rate of unemployment, most pupils should be offered only primary education. There is no point in offering secondary education to those who have no hope of finding a job. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 

08.02.02 
Some people think it is acceptable to use animals for the benefit of humans. Other people think it is wrong to exploit animals for human purposes. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 

08.02.14 
People living in big cities face many problems today. What are the problems? Should the government encourage people to live in regional towns?

08.02.16
“ Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. ” - US movie actor & director John Wayne
Why is it important for individuals and countries to think about the future rather than focusing on the present? 

08.02.23 
In some countries, it is now possible for people to buy a wide variety of foods transported from all over the world. To what extent do the benefits of this development outweigh the drawbacks? 

08.03.01 
Most countries spend much money on education, as they start to realize the importance of education. In your opinion which two subjects are the most important for young people and which one is the least important?  
subjects: Literature Sports  
  Mathematics Economy 
  Physics History
  Music Geography

08.03.08 
As the number of cars increases, more money has to be spent on road systems. Some people think the government should pay for this. Others, however, think that the user should pay for the cost. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

08.03.13
People should look after their health as a duty to the society they live in rather than personal benefits. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

08.03.29
Some people think it is the responsibility for government to ensure that people have healthy lifestyles. Others think people should have a free for their own lifestyles decisions. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

08.04.05 = 06.03.25
One long-distance flight consumes fuel which a car uses in several years' time, but they cause the same amount of pollution. So some people think that we should discourage non-essential flights, such as tourist travel, rather than to limit the use of cars. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?

08.04.12
Many people are busy with work and do not have enough time to spend with families and friends. Why does this happen? What are the effects of this on family life and society as a whole?

08.04.19
Some countries have an ever-increasing proportion of population who are aged 15 and younger. What is your opinion of the current and future effects it may have in those countries?

08.04.24 (加考) 
School teachers used to be the source of information; however, some people argue that teachers are not as important as before as the increasing variety of information resources. What is your opinion? 

08.05.10
Children can learn efficiently by watching television, so they should be encouraged to watch television regularly both at home and in school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

08.05.22 = 04.10.23
Schools should teach children some academic subjects which will be beneficial to their future careers. Therefore, other subjects such as music and sports are not important. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

08.05.31
Some people believe that the fittest and strongest individuals and teams always success in sports. Others think that success in sports depends on mental attitudes. Discuss both views and give your opinions. 

08.06.05
University students always focus on one specialist subject, but some people think universities should encourage their students to study a range of subjects in addition to their own subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

08.06.14
Many people think cheap air travel should be encouraged because it gives ordinary people freedom to travel further. However, others think this leads to environmental problem, so air travel should be more expensive in order to discourage people from having it. Discuss the both sides and give your own opinion.

08.06.21
Some people think that children should obey the rules or do what their parents and teachers want them to do. Other people think that children controlled too much can’t deal with problem themselves. Discuss both views and state your own opinion.

08.06.28
Mobile phones and the Internet are very useful. However, it is rare for old people to use them. What ways could mobile phone and the Internet be useful to old people? How does the old people to be encouraged using this new technology?

08.07.05
Nowadays, more university students choose to study some practical subjects ( such as marketing, computer programming, etc.) instead of theoretical subjects (such as economy, math, chemistry). Some people suggest that universities should focus on practical subjects, but not theoretical subjects. What do you agree or not agree? 

08.07.12
Some people support the developments in agriculture such as factory farming and creations of new types of fruits and vegetables, while others oppose this view. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

08.07.26
Some people think international cooperation has brought benefits to world environment protection, while some people think more benefits has been brought to international business. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

08.08.09 ≈ 04.04.17
In some countries, governments are encouraging industries and businesses to move out of large cities and into regional areas. Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages? Give reasons for you answer and include examples from your knowledge or experiences. 

08.08.16 = 05.07.23

Detailed description of crimes on newspaper and TV can have bad consequences on society, so this kind of information should be restricted on media. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? 


08.08.21 

International travel sometimes makes people more prejudiced rather than board-minded. Give out reasons why it cannot bring benefits to those visitors. Do you have ways to improve people's understanding of the countries they visit?

08.08.30 = 05.01.15
Some teachers think it is effective for students to study in group while others think it is better to study alone. What are the benefits of each way and which one do you think is more effective?

08.09.06
Once children start school, teachers have more influence than parents on their intellectual and social development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

08.09.13
Many people think it is very important to protect environment but they make no effort to do it themselves. Why does it happen? How to solve this problem?

08.09.18 = 05.06.18
Putting criminals into prisons is not so effective in dealing with them. Instead, education and job training should be offered to them. To what extent do you agree or disagree? 

08.09.27
Students from poor background such as rural areas often find it difficult to access to university education, so people think universities should make it specially easy for them to study at. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

08.10.04
Many people are afraid to leave home because of crime. Some believe that more action should be taken to prevent crime, but others feel little can be done. What's your view?