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FOCUSED WRITING TOPICS MEDIA 2.

The mass media, including television, radio and newspapers, have great influence in shaping people’s ideas. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? (Model tests for the IELTS) 4. Some people said the age of books is past. The information will be presented by video, computers, televisions, films. Others think the books and the written words will be necessary for spread information and complete education. Discuss. EDUCATION 11. The wealth of a nation is said to depend on the health of its citizens. Yet, in the modern knowledge-based economies of the world, education is more and more being seed as the main force in the development of all countries. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (Academic writing practice) 17. Firm discipline is a necessary part of teaching children. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Passport to Ielts) 20. Parents and family background have more influence than teachers of a young person’s learning and academic achievement. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Ielts Foundation) 31. People who have original ideas are of much greater value to society than those who are simply able to copy the ideas of others well. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Insight into Ielts) 32. Should there be a minimum school leaving age, or should students and their parents be free to decide when they leave school? WORK AND JOBS 3. It has been claimed that workers over 50 are not responsive to rapidly changing ideas in the modern workplace and that for this reason younger workers are to be preferred. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (IELTS Practice tests with answers) 4. In some countries the average worker is obliged to retire at the age of 50, while in others people can work until they are 65 or 70. Meanwhile, we see some politicians enjoying power well into their eighties. Clearly, there is little agreement on an appropriate retirement age. Until what age do you think people should be encouraged to remain in paid employment? (Model tests for the IELTS) MONEY AND FINANCE 1. Many people judge success solely by money and material possessions. However, success can be achieved or measured in other ways. Discuss. (Ielts Foundation) 2. “Money can not buy happiness” it is often claimed. But with money you can buy most of the things that are necessary for happiness: good food, accommodation,

burning waste and water power are causing as much environmental damage as the oil and nuclear power sources they are intended to replace. One day the world’s oil and gas reserves will run out.entertainment. Most of the world’s poor live in countries where tourism is a growing industry. quality health care. The search for alternative energy sources like wind power. causes environment damage and ruins the places it exploits. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Essay Writing) POLITICS 1. What are the possible effects of living long on an individual and on the whole society? (July 5th. it is logical that defense should take up a significant proportion of the national budget. Climate change is now an accepted threat to our planet. Trees are essential for the existence of the human race as they provide the oxygen that we need to survive. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (Essay Writing) . Many people feel that they as individuals can do nothing and that only governments and large companies can halt the destruction. 2006) TRAVELING AND TOURISM 1. To what extent do you agree with this? (Academic writing practice) 5. but there is not enough political action to control excessive consumerism and pollution. No wonder most people want to make as much money as possible. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (Reading and Writing module) ENVIVONMENT 2. Yet. Therefore. solar power. It distorts local economies. Tourism is a modern form of colonialism. daily all around the globe. large areas of woodland are being destroyed. travel. A country’s first duty to its citizens is to protect them. This will have serious results for the continued use of these languages. and of their cultures. To what extent do you agree? (IELTS Practice tests with answers) 2. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (Ielts on Track) HEALTH CARE 8. The increasing role of English in the world today means that the learning of other languages is being neglected. How can the income generated by tourism benefit the poor? And how can we ensure that tourism does not destroy traditional cultures and ways of life? Discuss. The issue is that tourism does not benefit the poorest. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (Academic writing practice) 4. (Focus on Ielts) LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 1.

stations.6. Governments should not be expected to take sole responsibility for reducing the number of road accidents. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. Discuss possible ways to encourage the use of public transport. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Focus on Ielts) (Model tests for the IELTS) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 1. (IELTS to success) 4. When a country develops its technology. the traditional skills and ways of life die out. individuals should share this responsibility. Is progress is always good? To what extent do you agree or disagree? CHILDREN AND FAMILY 1. Moreover. Although we are told that these cameras help in the fight against crime. Capital punishment is essential to control violence in society. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Passport to Ielts) 8. In what extent do you agree or disagree? (China writing) 9. attempts must be made to encourage people to use their cars less and public transport more. The only way to improve the safety on the roads is to give much stricter punishments for driving offences. The culture of different countries is becoming similar so there is no point for people to go traveling abroad for they could have same experience at home. The private motor vehicle has greatly improved individual freedom of movement. Should old man live with young people together or should they live in the clubs for the elder? Discuss. Modern technology has increased our material wealth. The rising level of congestion and air pollution found in most of the world’s cities can be attributed directly to the rapidly increasing number of private cars in use. They believe that everyone has a right to privacy. some people are opposed to their use. Yet the use of private motor . In order to reverse this decline in the quality of life in cities. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (China writing) CRIME AND LAWS 1. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Essay Writing) 15. (Serve more as an invasion of our privacy than as a protection of our safety). (China writing) TRANSPORTATION 3. the automobile has become a status symbol. but not our happiness. shops and other public places has increased rapidly in recent years. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 2) 8. Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of violent increase. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 3) 14. The use of CCTV (close circuit television) cameras in streets.

Some people think we should pull down the old houses and buildings in the way. pictures. we often find ourselves confronted with the old building problem. The idea that women are solely responsible for deciding whether or not to have babies leads on to the idea that they are also responsible for bringing the children up. Improvement in health. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 3) MEN AND WOMEN 1. (China writing) 2. The gap of living in cities and the country side is larger and larger. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Reading and Writing module) . Fatherhood ought to be emphasized as much as motherhood. Discuss. However. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Ielts practice plus) 9. Creative artists should always be given the freedom to express their own ideas (in words. Woman should give up their jobs and go back to their traditional role of homemaker in order to reduce world unemployment.vehicles has contributed to some of today’s most serious problems. MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT 8. education and trade are essential for the development of poorer nations. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 2) 4. Many of the problems young people now experience. and we have to preserve our old. others argue that it is a very rash decision to tear them down without full consideration. How can the use of private motor vehicles be reduced? (China writing) THE ART. However. music or film) in whichever way they wish. arise from the fact that many married women now work and not at home to care for their children. effects and solutions (China writing) GLOBALIZATION 2. such as juvenile delinquency. Causes. a painting. the government of richer nations should take more responsibility for helping the poorer nations in such areas. sculpture or other art form should display certain qualities that are unique. To be labeled a “Work of Art”. In the course of urban development. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 4) TOWN AND COUNTRY 1. There should be no government restrictions on what they do. historic buildings. However. The position of women in society has changed markedly in the last twenty years. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 2) 2. over the past century there has been a decline in the quality of prize-winning artwork and it is now possible for quite ordinary pieces of art to be labeled “masterpieces” whilst true works of art pass unnoticed.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? (Cambridge IELTS 3) --------------------------WE EVERYDAY---------------------- LOVE ENGLISH . Popular events like the football World Cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotion in a safe way.SPORTS 1.