Hope they'll be of some help. :-)
1 Nowadays, international tourism is the biggest industry in the world. Unfortunately, international tourism creates tension rather than understanding between people from different cultures. Do you agree or disagree?
2 Several languages die out every year. That is not important because life will become easier if there are fewer languages in the world. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
3 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 have people done so little about this problem? How can this problem be solved?
4 Good health is a basic human need. Some people think it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that people play sports and eat well. Others, however, think that people should be free to choose their own lifestyles. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
5 Distance learning via television or on the Internet is not as effective as attending college or university. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
6 Some people think that it is better for children to begin to learn a foreign language at primary school than at secondary school. What is your opinion?
7 Nowadays, sending children to a boarding school is becoming increasingly popular. Why is this the case? Do you think it is a positive development?
8 In some countries, school subjects and lesson contents are decided by the government. Some people think that teachers should make the choices. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
9 Students from rural areas often find it difficult to access university education. Some people think that it should become easier for them to study at universities. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
10 The world of work is changing rapidly. People no longer rely on a job for life. What are the causes of this trend? How should people prepare for work in the future?
11 Research suggests that the majority of criminals who are sent to prison commit crimes again when they are set free. Why is this the case? What can be done to solve this problem?
12 Society would benefit from a ban on all forms of advertising because it serves no useful purpose. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
13 Exposure to international media has significant effects on local cultures. What do you think are the effects? Do you think the advantages of international media outweigh the disadvantages?
14 Modern buildings change the character and appearance of towns and cities. The government should ensure that new buildings are built in traditional styles to protect the cultural identity of towns and cities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
15 With the increase in international trade, air transport is often used to deliver food to other countries. Some people think that is a positive trend, while others believe that air transport should be used for more important things. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
16 Developing countries need international organisations’ help. Some people think that financial aid should be provided, while others think that practical aid and advice would be better. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
17 Throughout history, male leaders have led us to violence and conflict. If a country is governed by female leaders, it will be more peaceful. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
18 Some people think that economic progress is the only way to measure the success of a country, while others think that there are other factors. Discuss both these views. What do you think is the most important way to measure the success of a country?
19 Maintaining public libraries and museums is a waste of money because computer technology is now replacing their roles. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
20 The older generations have traditional ideas about the correct ways of life, thinking and behaviour. These ideas are not helpful for the younger generation to prepare for modern life. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?