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1. An increasing number of people are buying what they need online.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for both individuals and companies to shopping online?

2. Some people think that being able to communicate with others online is breaking down geographical barriers and enabling people, who would normally never have the chance to meet, to communicate.
What are the advantages of international communication online?
Are there any disadvantages to this?

3. More and more businesses as well as individuals are choosing to communicate either professionally or socially using technology rather than being face to face.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using technology for communicating.

4. It is common practice for some students to take a gap year between high school and university in order to do charitable work abroad in underdeveloped countries.
What are the advantages and disadvantages for young people of doing volunteer work?

5. Some schools are very strict about their school uniforms and the appearance of their pupils, while other schools have a very relaxed dress code.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of children of having a school uniform?

6. In some countries, girls and boys are educated in different schools rather than in the same school.
What are the advantages and disadvantage of this?

7. Some people think that it should be compulsory for people to retake their driving test every 5 years.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?

8. Many people believe that having a fixed punishment for all crimes is more efficient.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a fixed punishment?

9. The development of tourism contributed to English becoming the most prominent language in the world. Some people think this will lead to English becoming the only language to be spoken globally.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to having one language in the world?

10. In some countries, most people prefer to rent their homes rather than buying them.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of renting a home?

Advantages and Disadvantages Type-II:

1. Fewer schools are requiring children to learn and improve their hand writing skills.
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of this trend?

2. With a fast pace of modern life more and more people are turning towards fast food for their main meals.
Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

3. Many countries aim to improve their living standard by economic development, but some important social values are lost as a result.
Do you think the advantages of economic development outweigh the disadvantages?

4. In many cities there is a lack of space to develop and as a result, in order to modernize, old buildings are demolished and replaced with new buildings.
What are the disadvantages of knocking down old buildings?
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

5. In some countries, some criminal trials in law courts are shown on television so that the general public can watch.
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

6. It is a common aspiration among people to run their own business, rather that work for an employer.
Do you think the advantages outweigh disadvantages?

7. Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school.
Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

8. Now a days, it is possible to move ocean creatures from their natural habitat at sea and have them relocated in amusement parks for the purpose of people’s recreation.
Do you think the advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages?
Explain your reasons and support them with specific examples?

9. Now a days, in many countries chemicals are used to produce and preserve food.
Do the advantages of this use outweigh the disadvantages?

10. A lot of places in the world rely on tourism as a main source of income. Unfortunately, tourism can also be a source of problems if it is not managed correctly.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of tourism in the modern world. Do you think that benefits of tourism outweigh its drawbacks?

Opinion Essay:

1. For centuries, important parts of education have remained such as reading, writing and math. With the advent of computers, some people think that computer skill be made as a fourth skill to be added to the list.
To what extent do you agree?

2. The government should allocate more funding to teaching sciences rather than other subjects in order for a country to develop and progress.
To what extent do you agree?

3. Violence in the media promote violence in society.
To what extent do you agree?

4. Most people think that the truth should be objective rather than subjective when it comes to the news.
Do you think all news is true?
What is the function of a newspaper?

5. Some people think certain prisoners should be made to do unpaid community work instead of being put behind bars.
To what extent do you agree?
6. Nowadays, celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements, and this sets a bad example to young people.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

7. Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

8. Some people think that the only way to have success in business is to have a unique product.
What factors, do you think, influence the success of a company?

9. The prevention of health problems and illness is more important than treatment and medicine. Government funding should reflect this.
To what extent do you agree?

10. Children can learn effectively by watching television. Therefore, they should be encouraged to watch television regularly at home and at school.
To what extend do you agree or disagree?

Problems and Solutions:
1. Walking is known to be beneficial for health and yet fewer and fewer people are walking these days.
What are the reasons for this?
What can be done to tackle this problem?

2. The amount of time spend on sport and exercise should be increased in schools in order to tackle the problem of overweight children?
Do you think this the best way to deal with the problem?
What other solutions can you suggest?

3. Many young children have unsupervised access to the internet and are using the internet to socialise with others. This has can lead to a number of dangerous situations which can be threatening for children.
problems do children face when going online without parental supervision?
How can these problems be solved?

4. An increasing number of children are overweight which could result many problems when they grow older both in terms of their health and health care costs.
Why do you think so many children are overweight?
What could be done to solve this problem?

5. An increasing number of children are overweight which could result many problems when they grow older both in terms of their health and health care costs.
Why do you think so many children are overweight?
What could be done to solve this problem?

6. With the development of technology children are now living in a world that is completely different to what it was 50 years ago.
What problems does this cause for society and the family?

7. In many countries, people are moving away from rural areas and towards urban areas.
Why do you think that is?
What problems can this cause?

8. The population of most cities is growing as people move to cities to find work and new opportunities.
What problems does overpopulation in cities cause?
How can these problems be solved?

9. An increasing number of children are overweight which could result many problems when they grow older both in terms of their health and health care costs.
Why do you think so many children are overweight?
What could be done to solve this problem?

10. In nearly all science courses at university, there are significantly more male students than female students.
What is the reason for this?
What could be done to balance out the numbers?

Two parts questions:
1. In education and employment, some people work harder than others.
Why do some people work harder? Is it always a good thing to work hard?

2. Happiness if often considered difficult to define. Why is this? What factors determine happiness?

3. Success is often measured by wealth and material possessions.
Do you think wealth is the best measure of success?
What makes a successful person?

4. News plays an important part of most people’s lives. Why is news so important to people?
Why is so much news dedicated to bad news? Should the news focus on good news instead?

5. Most people agree that money cannot be happiness.
Why is happiness difficult to define?
How can people achieve happiness?

6. Success is often measured by wealth and material belongings.
Do you think wealth is the best measure of success?
What makes a successful person?

7. The internet is a great course of information and has opened up opportunities for people to learn all over the world.
Is all information reliable on the internet?
What could be done to control information online?

8. Art and music are considered some of the fundamental elements of all societies.
Do you think art and music still have a place in today’s modern world of technology?
Should children spend more time learning art and music at school?

9. It is often said “when is Rome, do as the Romans do”.
Do you think people should adapt and accept the culture of the country they are visit?
do you think it is possible to learn a culture without learning the language?

10. It is predicted that robots are going to become increasingly important in our lives.
How could robots be used in the future?
Will this development be a positive or negative development?

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