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By Mostakim shuVo

Sport and leisure


 Some people believe that the government should ban dangerous sporting activities
while others think that people have the freedom do whatever sports they choose.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion
 Many people want their country to host an international sporting event. Others believe
that international sporting events bring more problems than benefits. Discuss both
views and include your opinion,
 Some people believe that competitive sports have a positive effect on children’s
education, while others believe there is no place for such sports in schools. Discuss
both points of view and give your own opinion.
 In many countries people working in sport and entertainment earn much more money
than professionals like doctors, nurses and teachers. Why do you think this happens in
some societies and do you consider it is good or bad? (China writing)
Employment and money
 Some people think that teenagers should do unpaid work to help society because this
will help them to be better individuals and also improve the society as a whole. To
what extent do you agree or disagree with this proposal?
 Nowadays many jobs are more stressful and the working day is longer. What are the
reasons for this? What can employers do to help employees?
 Some people think that only staff who worked in a company for a long time should be
promoted to a higher position. What’s your opinion?
 In many countries people working in sport and entertainment earn much more money
than professionals like doctors, nurses and teachers. Why do you think this happens in
some societies and do you consider it is good or bad?
 Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing developed nations today.
What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of reducing the working week to thirty
five hours?
 Some people argue that the government should give every unemployed person a
mobile phone and should make sure they have access to the Internet. They believe this
is the best way of using public money to reduce the problem of unemployment. To
what extent do you agree or disagree? (Focus on IELTS)
 In many countries, children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people
regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it as valuable work experience,
important for learning and taking responsibilities. Discuss. (Cambridge IELTS 3)
 Many people decide on a career path early in their lives and keep to it. This, they
argue, leads to a more satisfying working life. To what extent do you agree with this
view? What other things can people do in order to have a satisfying working life?
Travel and transport
 In cities and towns all over the world the high volume of traffic is a problem. What
are the causes of this and what actions can be taken to solve this problem? :
 It is said that travel broadens the mind. What can we learn by travelling to other
countries? Should we first explore our own countries? Discuss.
 In many countries tourism is a major part of the economy, but it also causes
environmental damage and ruins the places it exploits. It is argued that tourists should
pay an additional tax to compensate for this damage. Do you agree?
 In the modern world car ownership is regarded as a right. However, some argue that
governments should try to reduce the number of cars on the road by improving public
transport, as the growing number of cars on the road causes traffic congestion and
pollution. Discuss
 Young drivers are careless and overconfident, and too many are killed in accidents.
To eliminate this problem, we could teach children the skills of safe driving while
they are at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Science and technology
 Television has had a significant influence on the culture of many societies. To what
extent would you say that television has positively or negatively affected the cultural
development of your society?
 When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out.
It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
 “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 coming decades. Give your opinion (IELTS to Success)
 In the future, we will have more and more leisure time as machines replace many of
the tasks we do at home and work. Discuss the benefits this will bring and also the
problem it will cause. (Academic writing practice)
 We live today in an electronic information age. It is easier to be connected by
technology yet many people seem no closer to feeling happy in their lives. In what
extent do you agree or disagree. (IELTS on Track)
 Advances in science and technology and other areas of society in the last 100 years
have transformed the way we live as well as postponing the day we die. There is no
better time to be alive than now. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this
opinion? (Focus on IELTS)
 Space exploration requires vast sums of money. Is the amount of money spent on
space research justifiable? Agree or disagree
 The threat of nuclear weapons maintains world peace. Nuclear power provides cheap
and clean energy. The benefits of nuclear technology far outweigh the disadvantages.
Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.)
 Some people say that the Internet is making the world smaller by bringing people
together. To what extent do you agree that the internet is making it easier for people
to communicate with one another?
Education
 Subjects such as Art, Sport and Music are being dropped from the school curriculum
for subjects such as Information Technology. Many people children suffer as a result
of these changes. To what extent would you support or reject the idea of moving these
subjects from school curriculum? (IELTS Practice tests with answers)
 Everyone should stay in school until the age of 18. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?
 In the past lectures were the traditional methods of teaching large numbers of
students. Nowadays new technology is increasingly being used to teach students.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this new approach?
 Some people believe that exams are an inappropriate way of measuring students’
performance and should be replaced by continuous assessment. Do you agree or
disagree with this view?
 Some people argue that universities should provide students with more practical
training for their future career. Should university education be more vocational or
academic? Discuss
 In many countries schools have severe problems with student behaviour. What do you
think are the causes of this? What solutions can you suggest? (Cambridge IELTS 4)
 Many universities charge higher fees for foreign students. Why do they do this? Do
you believe that it is fair?
 Most university graduates earn more money than less well educated people. Some
people argue that this means they should pay the full cost of their education. To what
extent do you agree or disagree?
 Nothing is more important to a country’s future than education. To what extent do
you agree or disagree?
Government
 It some countries people pay different rates of tax depending on their salary, in other
countries everyone pays the same rate. discuss?
 Many people judge success solely by money and material possessions. However,
success can be achieved or measured in other ways. Discuss. (IELTS Foundation)
 A government has various duties to its citizens, but limited resources. Should defence
spending take up a significant proportion of the national budget? Discuss.
 One of the most pressing problems facing the world today is overpopulation. What
policies do you believe governments should adopt to address the causes and effects of
this problem?
 Future plans which is to design prisons for learning and working, with bigger cells
containing computers that will enable study and communication, have been criticized
for trying to turn prisons into “holiday camps” and “wasting taxpayers’ money”. To
what extent do you agree or disagree? (IELTS Foundation)
Crime and law
 Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of
violent increase. Capital punishment is essential to control violence in society. To
what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 2)
 Tobacco and alcohol are drugs that cause addition and health problems. Should they
be made illegal? Or should all drugs be legalized? (Essay Writing)
 Crime is nearly always related to the environment in which it occurs. For this reason,
international laws and international law courts are unrealistic and will not succeed in
reducing crime levels in different countries. Discuss. (Insight into IELTS)
 The only way to cut the crime rate is build more prisons and make prison sentences
longer. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Language and culture
 Many historic buildings are being destroyed or replaced. What are the reasons for
this? What should be done to preserve these buildings?
 Should museums and art galleries be free of charge for the general public, or should a
charge, even a voluntary charge, be levied for admittance? Discuss this issue, and give
your opinion. ()
 Several languages die every year and English is becoming used more and more as a
world language. Many people feel this is a positive trend and that a world with fewer
languages promotes harmony and understanding between people.
Arts, music and entertainment
 In recent years, people watch more movies from overseas? What are the reasons for
this? Should the government give financial support to local cinema to produce local
films?
 One of the functions of art is to challenge the establishment. There should therefore
be no restrictions in the form of censorship on artists. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?
 It is more important for the government to invest in projects that benefit the whole
community such as welfare programmes and infrastructure improvements than for it
to subsidise activities and institutions for the arts such as museums and art galleries as
these will only benefit a minority. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
 Some people argue that the amount of violence shown in films and on television has
led to an increase in violent crimes in society. Do you agree with this argument?
Should the government control what is shown on television and in the cinema?
 Some people say that young people today do not make good use of their leisure time
and that they spend too much time inside watching television and playing video
games and that they should rather spend more time outside engaging in physical
activities. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Health
 Recent research shows that the consumption of junk food is a major factor in poor diet
and this is detrimental to health. Some people believe that better health education is
the answer to this problem but others disagree. What is your opinion?
 In many countries there are severe restrictions on government spending and it is not
possible to fund everything. Some people say that the highest priority for government
funding should be education, while others believe that health is more important.
discuss?
 As populations around the world grow older, the cost of healthcare for the elderly is
rising. Some people say that it is the responsibility of the government to provide
support, while others believe that families should be responsible for caring for their
elderly relatives? What is your opinion?
 Populations around the world are growing older due to advances in medicine. What
problems can this cause and what solutions would you suggest?
 Despite advances in medicine there are concerns that certain diseases such as diabetes
are increasing and some people believe future generations will face greater problems
with health and die younger than we do today. What is your opinion?
 Despite advances in medicine and improved access to healthcare, the overall level of
health is falling in many countries. Why is this happening and what can be done to
solve this problem?
 One of the largest parts of government expenditure is health. Some people argue that
this money would be better spent on health education on the principle that prevention
is better than cure. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
 Healthcare is increasingly expensive and not everyone is able to afford the treatment
they need due to the high cost of drugs and medical procedures. Some people argue
that this is unjust and that governments should provide free healthcare for all their
citizens. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
 Alternative and traditional forms of medicine, such as acupuncture, are becoming
increasingly popular. Some people say that not only does these forms of medicine not
work, they can be dangerous. While others believe that they are more effective than
conventional medicine. What is your opinion?
Environment and housing
 The best way to solve the world’s environmental problems is to increase the cost of
fuel. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (China writing)
 In recent years, farming practice has changed to include methods such as factory
farming and the use of technology to improve crops. Some people believe these
developments are necessary, while others regard them as dangerous and advocate a
return to more traditional farming methods. Discuss both points of view and give your
own opinion.
 In many countries there is a shortage of housing due to a growing population. Some
people argue that new towns should be built in the countryside, others argue for the
regeneration of cities. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the building new
towns in the countryside?
 The world is consuming natural resources faster than they can be renewed. Therefore,
it is important that products are made to last. Governments should discourage people
from constantly buying more up to date or fashionable products. To what extent do
you agree with this statement? (Model tests for the IELTS)
Globalisation
 Today’s food travels thousands of miles before it reaches customers. Why is this? Is
this a positive or negative trend? .
 One of the major problems facing the world today is the growing number of refugees.
The developed nations in the world should tackle this problem by taking in more
refugees. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?
 If poorer nations are to develop they will need to invest in health and education. They
often do not have the resources to achieve this, so is it the duty of richer nations to
provide assistance in these areas? Explain your answer with reasons and examples.
 More and more qualified people are moving from poor to rich countries to fill
vacancies in specialist areas like engineering, computing and medicine. Some people
believe that by encouraging the movement of such people, rich countries are stealing
from poor countries. Others feel that this is only part of the natural movement of
workers around the world. Give your opinion. (Academic writing practice)
 Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the
world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV
channels. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
 Most countries spend a large amount of money in weapons to defend themselves
though they are not at war. They should spend money to help the citizens in poor and
disadvantaged countries. Discuss. (China writing)
Media and advertising
 Newspapers and books are outdated. Why do some people believe this? What is your
opinion?
 Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from competing
companies. To what extent do you think are consumers influenced by advertisements?
What measures can be taken to protect them?
 Some people believe that the media, such as the press, TV and Internet should be
more strictly controlled. Others feel that controls should be loosened to give people
freer access to information. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Employment and money
 Some people think that teenagers should do unpaid work to help society because this
will help them to be better individuals and also improve the society as a whole. To
what extent do you agree or disagree with this proposal? –
 Nowadays many jobs are more stressful and the working day is longer. What are the
reasons for this? What can employers do to help employees? –Some people think that
only staff who worked in a company for a long time should be promoted to a higher
position. What’s your opinion?
 In many countries people working in sport and entertainment earn much more money
than professionals like doctors, nurses and teachers. Why do you think this happens in
some societies and do you consider it is good or bad?
 Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing developed nations today.
What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of reducing the working week to thirty
five hours?
 Some people argue that the government should give every unemployed person a
mobile phone and should make sure they have access to the Internet. They believe this
is the best way of using public money to reduce the problem of unemployment. To
what extent do you agree or disagree? (Focus on IELTS)
 In many countries, children are engaged in some kind of paid work. Some people
regard this as completely wrong, while others consider it as valuable work experience,
important for learning and taking responsibilities. Discuss. (Cambridge IELTS 3)
 Many people decide on a career path early in their lives and keep to it. This, they
argue, leads to a more satisfying working life. To what extent do you agree with this
view? What other things can people do in order to have a satisfying working life?
Women and the family
Gender
 Some people believe in the traditional idea that the woman’s place is in the home,
while others say that idea is outdated and that women should play an increasingly
important role in the workplace of the future. What is your opinion?
The family
 The education a child receives at home from having parents who are positive role
models is more important than the academic education a child receives at school. To
what extent do you agree or disagree?
 In many countries there has been an increase in social problems involving teenagers
in recent years. Many people believe that this is due to modern lifestyles because
parents spend more and more time at work and have less time to supervise their
children. To what extent do you believe this is true?
 People are now living longer than ever before and many old people are unable to look
after themselves. Some people believe that it is the responsibility of families to look
after the elderly, while others say governments should provide retirement homes for
them where they can be looked after properly. Discuss.
 Modern lifestyles mean that many parents have little time for their children. Many
children do not get as much attention from their parents as children did in the past. To
what extent do you agree or disagree? (China writing) .