1. Lectures were used in the past as an old way of teaching a large number of students. As new technology is now available for education, some people suggest that there
is no justification for lectures. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
2. In recent years, the pressures placed upon students in schools and university is increasing and they are pushed to work hard from a young age. Do you think it is a
positive or negative development?
3. Some experts think that all students should learn musical instruments. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
4. The difference of age gap is greater between parents and their children. Do you think the advantages of this outweigh disadvantages?
5. City dwellers seldom socialize with their neighbors today, and the sense of community has been lost. Why did this happen? And how can this be solved?
6. With growing population in cities, more and more people live in a home with small or no outdoor areas. Is it a positive or negative development?
7. Some people argue that governments should not pay money for the international aids when there are some disadvantaged people in their own country, such as the
homeless and the unemployed. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
8. Nowadays, the gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider in some countries of the world. What problems can this situation cause? What solutions should be
9. More and more people want to buy famous brands of clothes, cars and other items. What are the reasons? Do you think it is a positive or negative development?
10. Some groups of people have benefited from modern communication technology. However, some think they do not have any benefit from this. To what extent do you
agree or disagree?
11. Some people believe that it is the responsibility of politicians rather than individuals to reduce the global environmental damage. To what extent do you agree or
12. Some people think governments should focus on reducing environmental pollution and housing problems to help people prevent illness and disease. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
13. Some people think governments should spend money on measures to save languages with few speakers from dying out completely. Others think this is a waste of
financial resources. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
14. It is unnecessary to travel to other places to learn about other cultures. Instead, we can learn from books, films and Internet. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
15. We have a mixture of people from different cultures and ethnic groups in a country. Is it a positive or negative development?
16. Many people aim to achieve the balance between their work and lives. But few people can achieve it. Some people prefer to have temporary jobs, who only work for a
few months a year and use the rest of time to do whatever they like. Do advantages of this outweigh its disadvantages?
17. Some people suggest that people at old age should continue to work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
18. In some countries, it is illegal for employers to reject job applications for job seekers’ ages. Is it a positive or negative development?
19. Some people think that most crime is the result of circumstance, e.g., poverty and other social problems. Others believe that most crime is caused by people who are
bad by nature. Discuss both of these views and give your own opinion.
20. Many people think there is a general increase of anti-social behavior and a lack of respect to others. What do you think are the causes of this?
And what solutions do you suggest?
It is indicated by these three pies what average proportion of three sorts of nutrient ingredients a regular meal contains in the USA, each of which has been proven harmful to people’s health with excessive intake.
As to sodium, intake percentage at dinner is the highest ranked at 43%, followed by that of lunch (29%). Both breakfast and snacks account for 14% respectively. In addition, concerning saturated fat dinner is still on the top with 37%, 11% more than lunch (26%) and 16% more than snacks (21%). By contrast, only 16% of saturated fat eaten can be attributed to breakfast.
The pie of added sugar does have a different pattern, with snacks occupying the highest share at 42%, nearly double that of dinner (23%). Figures for lunch and breakfast are both under 20%, and lunch noticeably contains 19% of added sugar, 3% higher than breakfast.
To sum up, dinner is obviously what people need to pay close attention to since it provides high percentage of both sodium and saturated fat. Meanwhile, people focusing on added sugar intake have to be aware that snacks are able to supply far higher proportion of it than the three mealtimes.
It is depicted in this line chart how numbers of tourists who visited a certain Caribbean island had changed in 7 years between 2010 and 2017. The figures in this graph
(measured in the millions) are sorted into three categories (visitors staying on cruise ships, visitors staying on island, and the total number).
Primarily, the total number of visitors had constantly increased from 1.0 to 2.7 million in the first 5 years, and then it remained stable for one year. Finally, the last year
witnessed a noticeable sudden growth to its peak at 3.5 million.
Besides, in terms of the number of tourists who stayed on island, after the first year’s stability at 0.7 million it grew up rapidly to 1.5 million in 2013, and thereafter a
two-year’s plateau emerged, followed by a slight decline and a moderate recovery. By contrast, the number of travelers staying on cruise ships showed a different
but simpler trend. Despite the initial fluctuation over the first two years, it continuously rose up, with a starting figure at 0.3 million in 2012 and peaking at 2.0 million in
2017. It overtook and then outnumbered the number of those staying on island after 2015.
To sum up, over the 7 years period, both the numbers of tourists staying on island and on cruise ships were generally on the increase, so the total number
correspondingly ascended throughout this period.