In many countries, people are now living longer than ever before. Some people say an ageing population creates problems for governments. Other people think there are benefits if society has more elderly people.
To what extent do the advantages of having an ageing population outweigh the disadvantages?
In many countries around the world, rural people are moving to cities, so the population in the countryside is decreasing.
Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Some university students want to learn about other subjects in addition to their main subjects. Others believe it is more important to give all their time and attention to studying for a qualification.
Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
The most important aim of science should be to improve people’s lives.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Overreliance on private cars causes harm to the environment, and therefore it is necessary to encourage people to use public transport instead.
How our overreliance on cars can harm the environment?
How can people be encouraged to use public transport?
Today many countries are facing public health problems because of the unhealthy lifestyles of their citizens.
Why do people choose to live unhealthy lives?
Suggest some measures to solve this.
People in all modern societies use drugs, but today’s youth are experimenting with both legal and illegal drugs at an increasingly early age.
Discuss the causes of widespread drug use by young people in modern society.
Make any recommendations to help fight youth drug abuse.
Some people think that art is an essential subject for children at school while others think it is a waste of time.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.
We have been living in the nuclear age now for over seven decades. Nuclear technology has the ability to totally destroy the planet, yet the technology has been put to positive use as an energy source and in certain areas of medicine.
To what extent is nuclear technology a danger to life on Earth?
What are the benefits of its use?
Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have had a huge negative impact on both individuals and society.
To what extent do you agree?