1)Many people believe that scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the governments rather than private companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
2)Many countries spend a lot of money in art. Some people think investment in art is necessary, but others say money is better spent on improving health and education. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
3)Nowadays, people all over the world are watching foreign films much more than locally produced films. Why? Should government give more financial support to local film industry?
4)The government should control the amount of violence in films and on television in order to decrease the violent crimes in society. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
1)Advertisements encourage consumers to buy in quantity rather than in quality. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2)Exposure to international media such as films, TV and magazines has a significant impact on local cultures. What do you think has been the impact? Do you think its advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
3)Some people think computer and Internet are important in children’s study, but others think students can learn more effectively in schools and with teachers. Discuss both views and give your own opinion
1)Some people believe that some unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (e.g. working in a charity, improving the relationship of neighbourhood or teaching sports to children) To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2)Some people think that students benefit from going to private secondary schools. Others, however, feel that private secondary schools can have a negative effect on society as a whole. Discuss both these views and give your own.
3)Some people think that teachers should be responsible for teaching students to judge what is right and wrong so that they can behave well. Others say that teachers should only teach students academic subjects. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
1)It is a good thing for the senior managers to have better salaries than other workers in a company or organization? To what extent do you agree or disagree ？
2)It is better for people to be unemployed rather than to be employed without a job they enjoy. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
3)Countries with a long average working time are more economically successful than those countries which do not have a long working time. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
1)Some people think that too much money has been spent looking after and repairing old buildings, so we should knock down old buildings and build modern ones instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2)Some people think it is more important to plant trees in open areas in towns and cities than to provide more housing. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
3)In many cities, planners tend to arrange shops, schools, offices, and homes in specific areas and separate them from each other. Do you think the advantages of this policy outweigh the disadvantages?
1)Many people think it is very important to protect environment but they make no effort to do it themselves. Why does it happen? How to solve this problem?
2)Some people believe that air travel should be restricted because it causes serious pollution and uses up the world’s fuel resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
3)Human activities have negative effects on plant and animal species. Some people think it is too late to do anything about this problem. Others believe that effective measures can be taken to improve this situation. Discuss both views and give our opinion.
1)Do you think how important it is for people to want success in life ? Is ambition a positive or negative characteristic?
2)The number of people choosing to live by themselves has increased rapidly in recent years. What is the reason for this, is it a positive or negative development for society?
3)100 years ago, the human race believed we would make continued progress in all areas of life. Today, some people feel less certain about this. In what areas has the human race made progress? In what other areas haven't we developed?
1.关于政府是否应该投资某项活动：这取决于该活动是否为公益产品（public goods），如大型基础工程(infrastructure)、博物馆、学校、科研机构(research institution)等，对这些项目的投入很难快速产出经济回报（economic reward），所以很难商业化（commercialize），但因为其从长远上来看能给人们带来许多好处，因此需要交由政府投资建设。
2.关于政府应该先投资哪些活动：那些更紧迫的或更重要的项目应该得到(be given priority)投资，而对紧迫和重要的活动的定义是见仁见智的，有些人会认为学术研究能生产出推动社会科技进步的成果，带来的好处是巨大的，因此更重要，而也有一些人会觉得投资艺术可以丰富人们的精神世界(enrich inner lives)，使人们的幸福感提升，幸福感无疑是每个人的终追求(ultimate pursuit)，因此投资艺术是比较重要的。
3.关于政府是否应该限制某项活动：这取决于该活动是否直接造成了很大的危害，而直接和超大两个限定词的讨论空间是很大的，比如，有些人认为暴力电影直接影响了观众们的想法，导致他们实施暴力(carry out violence)，但另一些人认为，暴力电影的影响是间接的，导致人们实施暴力犯罪的直接原因，是贫穷、愚昧、冲动等。