1 Some people argue that air transport can bring us more choices while others claim it makes industrial and agricultural products cost more. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
2 The government should not put money in building theaters and sports stadiums. Instead, it should spend money on medical care and education. Do you agree or disagree?
3 Some people believe rich countries and international organisations should give other types of help to poor countries rather than financial aid. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
4 Many people use distance-learning programmes to study at home while other people think that these programmes cannot bring as much benefit as attending college or university. What is your opinion?
5 Some people think that intelligent children should be taught separately and given special treatment. Others think that students of different abilities should be taught together. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
6 A newspaper article reports that a boy who seriously damaged his school was made to clean the streets as a punishment. Do you think that young offenders should be sent to jail or should be punished in this way?
7 The increasing demand for fresh water has become a global problem. What are the causes of this phenomenon and what are the measures that should be taken to deal with it?
8 Some people think that the large amounts of time and money spent on the protection of wild animals should be spent on the human population instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
9 Multi-cultural societies in which there is a mixture of different ethnic cultures can bring more benefits than drawbacks. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
10 Some people think that good health is a basic human need so the medical service should be run by the government instead of profit-making companies. Do you agree or disagree?