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Computers in modern life
1. We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?
2. In what ways has information technology changed work and working practices in the past 10 years?
1. Some businesses now say that no one can smoke cigarettes in any of their offices. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places. This is a good idea but it also takes away some of our freedom. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons.
2. Should the same laws which prohibit the sale and consumption of heroin be applied to tobacco?
1. To what extent is the use of animals in scientific research acceptable?
2. Forests are the lungs of the earth. Destriction of the world's forests amounts to death of the world we currently know. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
3. To what extent should economic planing be influenced by the need of enviromental conservation?
4. Damage of the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements in the standard of living. Discuss.
5. The rising levels of congestion and air pollution found in most of the world cities can be attributed directly to the rapidly increasing number of private cars in use. In order to reverse this decline in the quality of life in cities, attempts must be made to encourage people to use their cars less and public transport more. Discuss possible ways to encourage the use of public transport.
1. Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. Do you agree?
2. What are factors which are related to academic success in high-school students?
3. Do the benefits of study abroad justify the difficulties? What advice would you offer to a prospective student?
4. The idea of going overseas for university study is an exciting prospect for many people. But while it may offer some advantages, it is probably better to stay home because of the difficulties a student invevitably encounters living and studying in a different culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree this statement? Give reasons for your answer.
5. Education is recognized as vital to the future of any society in today's world. Governments thoughout the world should make education compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 15. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
6. Children learn best by observing behavior of adults and copying it. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
1. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? Or is it a responsibility of the governments of poorer nations to look after their citizens themselves?
2. Many lives are in danger when hastily erected buildings collapse because safety standards have been sacrificed to hopes of a quick profit. To prevent disasters of this kind, governments should play a greater role in setting and enforcing safety standards for building constraction.
1. The dominance of black people in US sport is due to sociological rather than physiological factors. Discuss.
2. In Britain, when someone gets old, they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care. Who should be responsible for our old people? Give reasons.
3. In some countries the average worker is obliged to retire at the age 50, while in others people can work until they are 65 or 70. Meanwhile, we see some politicians enjoying power well into their eighties. Clearly, there is little agreement on an appropriate retirement age. Until what age do you think people should be encouraged to remain in paid employment? Give reasons for your answer.
4. Many people belive that women make better parents than men and that this is why they have the greater role in raising children in most societies. Others claim that men are just as good as women at parenting. Write an essay expressing your point of view. Give reasons for your answer.
Computers in modern life
1. "Telecommuting" refers to workers doing their jobs from home for part of each week and communicating with their office using computer technology. Telecommuting is growing in many countries and is expected to be common for most office workers in the comming decades. How do you think society will be affected by the growth of telecommuting?
2. Technology is making communication easier in today's world, but at the expense of personal contact as many people choose to work at home in front of a computer screen. What dangers are there for a society which depends on computer screens rather than face-to-face contact for its main means of communication?
1. Human beings do not need to eat meat in order to maintain good health because they can get all their food needs from meatless products and meatless substances. A vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet containing meat. Argue for or against the opinion above.
2. Are our zoos cruel to wild animals? Discuss.
3. Zoos are sometimes seen as necessary but not poor alternatives to a natural environment. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against keeping animals in zoos.
1. The best way to reduce the number of traffic accidents is to make all young drivers complete a safe driving education before being licensed to drive.
2. The rising levels of congestion and air pollution found in most of the world cities can be attributed directly to the rapidly increasing number of private cars in use. In order to reverse this decline in the quality of life in the cities attempts must be made to encourage peaple to use their cars less and public transport more. Discuss possible ways to encourage the use of public transport.
1. News editors decide what to broadcast on TV and what to print in newspapers. What factors do you think influence their decisions? Do we become used to bad news? Would it be better if more good news was reported?
2. The mass media, including TV, radio and newspapers, have great influence in shaping people's ideas. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer.