Some people argue that the fittest and strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think the success is much related to the mental attitude. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
In today’s sports contests, winners are usually those who are the fittest and the strongest, which lead us to think that success lies in the physical condition. However, an opposite view goes that mental attitude also matters in achieving success. I think both are quite crucial in determining the path to success in sports activities.
When new towns are planned, it is important to build more public parks or sports facilities than shopping centers for people to spend their free time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In the course of urban sprawl, numerous shopping centers and business centers mushroom at an alarming rate according to the city planner’s blueprint. However, this has aroused some concern and it is held by some people that city planning should consider the construction of more public parks and sports facilities. I am one of them who support the establishment of more public facilities.
In some countries, people waste a lot of food which is bought in shops and restaurants. What do you think are the reasons? What can be done to solve this problem?
In the past, starvation and famine were not unfamiliar for the older generation. But today, we can see dustbins full of fresh meat and fruits; also, we can find many people throw away food beyond their need even though they just buy the food from the shops and restaurant. The rise of this phenomenon could be attributed to a combination of factors.
Today, there are many advertisements. Some people think advertising has negative impact on us. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Today, when you walk in the street, you will see numerous billboards promoting some products; when you turn on TV, you will be bombarded by dazzling commercials about some food and clothes and even when you browse the webpage, you will be disturbed by some banners of advertisements. We are living in a world full of advertising which, in someone’s view, exerts negative influence on our life. But I don’t think advertising is totally damaging.
Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news. Do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe that women should play an equal role as men in a country’s police force or military force, while others think women are not suitable for these jobs. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Nowadays, children spend too much time watching TV and playing computer games. So many people believe this has negative effects on children’s mental abilities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people think that a huge amount of time and money is spent on the protection of wild animals and that money is better spent on human population. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement.
Employers should give their staff at least a 4-week holiday a year to make employees better at their jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (2014年原题重现)
As part of education, students should spend a period time studying and living in a different country to learn language and culture. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Newspapers have enormous influence on people’s view. Why is that? Do you think it positive or negative?
Once children start school, teachers have more influence on their intellectual and social development than parents do. To what extent do you agree or dis agree?
Some people think that the best way to reduce time spent in traveling to work is to replace parks and gardens close to the city center with apartment buildings for commuters, but others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people believe famous people's support towards international aid organizations draws the attention to problems, while others think celebrities make the problems less important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Some people think certain old buildings are worth preserving more than the other ones. Which types of old buildings should be preserved? Do you think the advantages of preserving old buildings outweigh the disadvantages?
Most of world’s problems are caused by over-population. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In many parts of the world, children and teenagers are committing more crimes. What are the causes of the phenomenon? How should they be punished?
Human activities have hurt the plants and animals. As a result, some people think it is too late to take any measure, but someone still believe we should take effective actions to improve the current situation. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Some people think that the environmental problems are too big for individuals to solve. Others, however, believe that the problems cannot be solved if individuals do not take some actions. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
As countries develop, more and more people buy and use their own cars. Do you think the advantages of this trend for individuals outweigh the disadvantages for the environment?
Some people think that some subjects taught in school are a waste of time, while others disagree and believe that everything studied in school is useful for students. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Research says more and more business training and business meeting take place online. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
The restoration of old buildings in major cities in the world spends numerous government expenditures. This money should be used in new housing and road development. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some parents give their children everything that their children as for or they want to do. Is this good for children? What could be the consequences for these children when they grow up?
Some people think it is important for all children to learn history in school. Others believe that other subjects are more relevant to children's lives today. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think the responsibility of medicine companies is to spend money on researching medicines for people from poorer countries, while others think the main responsibility of medicine companies is to make money. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
More and more parents are allowing their children to play on computers and tablets as they think that children should learn technology skills. Do the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
Researches into new types of medicine and treatments are essential for improving health and dealing with diseases. Who do you think should fund these researches: private companies, individuals or governments?
Nowadays, 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. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the opinion?
Some people say that economic growth is the only way to end world poverty and hunger. However, others say that economic growth is damaging the environment and should be stopped. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
It is a natural process for animal species to become extinct (e.g. dinosaurs and dodos). There is no reason for people to prevent it from happening. Do you agree or disagree with the statement?
In some countries, the difference in age between parents and children is generally greater than it was in the past. Do you think the advantages outweigh its disadvantages?
The best way to crime committed by young adults is to teach parents parenting skills. To what extent do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
More and more people use computers and other electronic devices to gain information. Therefore, there is no need to use print books, magazines or newspapers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
The emergence of smart phones and some other mobile electronic devices enables modern people to obtain information anywhere even in galloping express trains. Burying head in electronic devices and browsing the webpage to get entertained and informed is becoming widespread for people no matter old and young. This gives rise to a notion that traditional prints books and magazines are outdated and no longer necessary. For me, I doubt the legitimacy of this statement.
Indisputably, there are some benefits of reading through electronic devices. For example, it is convenient. Traditional books are usually bulky and clumsy. It is unlikely for you to take voluminous books strolling in a leisurely trip. But electronic books can liberate you from the heavy burden. The most impressive advantage is that electronic devices can help you to be connected to the internet where mountain information is waiting for your inspection. Don’t mention the relatively lower prices of electronic books. It is common that you just need to spend one tenth of the tradition book price buying a newly released electronic bestseller.
All these advantages seem to have put paper books in shadow. Unfortunately, that is only an incomplete part of the picture. Somebody did have announced the dusk of print books, but the reality has given them a deadly blow. As a matter of fact, statistics show that billions of people still stick to their reading habit of traditional books while electronic reading style just provides an option, far from being of dominance. This makes us plunge into deep thinking: why? What makes traditional books irreplaceable?
The irreplaceability may, in my view, boils down to two points. At first, it is “experience” that makes traditional print books not displaced from people’s priority lists. To obtain information is of the functions of reading, but not the only one. Otherwise millions of public libraries will soon disappear for their limited capacity of storing information compared with electronic devices. When we read, we experience many elements in reading: the rustling of pages, the paper quality and even the sharing of books with friends. Another point is that print books are sustainable. Electronic devices are expensive and they will expire, say, when they run out of electricity and the components themselves may wear out in lapse of time. But traditional books will last for a longer time.
The international community must act immediately to ensure that all countries reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, such as gas and oil. To what extent do you agree or disagree?