1.>Most children spend a lot of time watching TV shows and playing computer games. Should parents limit the time spent in front of the TV or PC for them? Give your opinion.
2.Nowadays TV news show a lot of disaster scenes and violence. What effects on individuals and society in general can this have?
3.Some countries are providing general education in secondary schools, while others are teaching skills specific to a future career. Which type of education would be a better choice these days, in your opinion?
4.Nowadays families spend little time doing things together. What are the reasons that parents spend less time with their children? Explain the positive and negative effects of this development. Give examples from your knowledge and experience.
5.The number of older people is increasing. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
6.Nowadays some secondary schools give children general education in a range of traditional disciplines, while others claim to be more specialized and pay attention to some particular classes, excluding some general ones. Which of two school types is better for children and why?
7.Some say that artists--musicians, writers, painters--should be supported by the government. Others think it would be a waster of money. Discuss both arguments and give your opinion. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
8.Some think that news and the media have too much influence on people's lives. Is it a negative or positive development?
9.In the past lecturers could teach a certain number of students in one lecture hall. With the development of new technology it is hard to justify the reason to participate in the lecture physically and not via the Internet. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What is your personal opinion?
10.In some countries, grandparents play a significant role in bringing up children. Is it good or bad?
11.In the last century, the first man walking on the moon said: "It is a giant step for mankind." However, some people think it makes little difference to our daily lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
12.Some people think that schools are merely turning children into good citizens and workers, rather than benefitting them as individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
13.Some people believe that advertisements targeting children may have negative effects on them, and suggest banning such advertisements as a solution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
14.Parents often buy their children many toys. What are the advantages and disadvantages having a large number of toys? Use examples from your knowledge and experience?
15.Many people watch foreign films first, before locally produced films. Why is that so? If the government in your country decides to invest in the film industry, will you support them to do so and why? Include your experience in the essay.
16.There is an increase in violence in society because police officers carry guns. To what an extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include examples from your personal experience.
17.Many students take a year off in order to work before they go to college or university. Do you think this has more advantages than disadvantages?
18.All high or secondary school students should be taught how to manage money, because it is an important life skill. Do you agree or disagree?
19.Some people believe that governments should ban dangerous sports. Others claim that they should have freedom to choose their favorite activities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
20.Nowadays we see an increase in social problems involving teenagers. Many people believe that it is because parents spend more time at work and less time with their children. Do you agree or disagree?
21.There is a trend in some countries to get married at an older age and also to have their own children later in life. Is this a positive or negative development?
22.Nowadays, many countries have advanced science and new technologies. There are also many artists, such as painters and writers. In your opinion, what things can art tell us about life that science cannot? Give reasons and examples.[Malaysia--July 2011]
23.Some think that giving a weekly allowance to children will help them to face less problems when they are adults. Do you agree or disagree?
24.Today many people tend to move to another country or a different region of the same country after retirement. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such move.
25.In most parts of the world people are living longer. What are the possible causes of this situation? Is this a negative or positive development? [Singapore--July 2011]
26.Early technological developments brought more benefits and changes to people to people's life than the recent technological developments. To what extent do you agree or disagree?