Interviews form the basic selecting procedure for most large companies. However,
some people think interview is not a reliable means of choosing who to employ,
and there are some other better methods of selection. To what extent do you agree
Some people think that employers should not be concerned about the way of
dress of employees but only the quality of work. To what extent do you agree or
Some scientists believe that intelligent life forms may exist on other planets and
some want to send messages to contact them. Others think it is a bad idea because
these life forms may be too dangerous. Discuss both views and give your own
More and more parents begin to allow their children to play on computers and
tablets as they think children should learn technology skills. Do advantages of
this outweigh its disadvantages or not?
Some people say that drug companies have the responsibility to spend money on
researching medicine to help the poorer countries, while others think the main
responsibility of drug companies is making money. Discuss both views and give
your own opinion.
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?
The world has many towns and cities constructed in previous centuries that were
suitable and livable for people in those times. What problems will these ancient
towns cause today? And what should be done to deal with that?
In many countries, planers tend to arrange shops, schools, offices and homes in
specific areas and separate them from each other. Do you think the advantages of
this policy outweigh its disadvantages?
Some people believe that the country would benefit a lot from a large number of
young people entering universities; however, others think that the large amount of
people receiving the education of university only leads to graduates’
unemployment. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 20160616
10. 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 taken?
11. People’s shopping habits depend more on the age group they belong to than other
factors. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
12. 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?
13. Children’s education is expensive and the governments of some countries pay
some of or all of the costs. Do advantages of this outweigh its disadvantages? 14. In most cities and towns, the high volumes of road traffic become a problem.
What are the causes of that? And what actions can be taken to solve the problem?
15. In some countries, it is illegal for employers to reject job applications for
jobseekers’ ages. Is it a positive or negative development?
16. Some people think zoos are cruel and all the zoos should be closed. However,
others think zoos are useful to protect rare animals. Discuss both these views and
give your own opinion.
17. Some people think only students who achieve the best results should be rewarded,
while others think it is more important to reward students who get huge
improvement. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
18. 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?
19. Some people suggest that a country should try to produce all the food for its
population and import as little food as possible. To what extent do you agree or
20. Some working parents tend to send their children to childcare centers because
they think their children can get good care there. However, other parents think
some family members like grandparents can do this job. Discuss both views and
give your own opinion.
The statistics (measured as a percentage) of people’s drinking and buying habits on
coffee and tea in five Australian cities from a survey is indicated by this bar chart.
4To begin with, 44% residents in Sydney bought fresh coffee in last 4 weeks, a bit
higher than Melbourne (43%) and Hobart (38%) respectively. Nearly 35% of people
living in Adelaide did the same thing, slightly more than Brisbane (34%).
Additionally, in terms of those who bought instant coffee in last 4 weeks, figures of
all five cities are higher than 45%, with Hobart accounting for the highest proportion
at 54%, followed by Brisbane (53%), Adelaide (50%), Melbourne (48%) and Sydney
(46%) in a decreasing order.
More interestingly, as for people who went to a café for coffee or tea in last 4 weeks,
proportions of 4 cities are more than a half, with Melbourne occupying the largest
percentage at 64%, Hobart 63%, Sydney 61%, and Brisbane a little more than 55%.
Meanwhile, the figure of Adelaide is a slightly lower than 50%.
In summary, in 4 cities excluding Adelaide, the most popular habit is going to a café
for coffee or tea since related figures are noticeably higher than the other two options.
In the meantime, in Adelaide instant coffee is prevalent because almost half local
people chose it during last 4 weeks. In contrast, purchasing fresh coffee is the last
choice for people in all these 5 cities.
5(An example of a very good answer from C9 T2)
The chart shows the time spent by UK residents on different types of telephone calls
between 1995 and 2002.
Local fixed line calls were the highest throughout the period, rising from 72 billion
minutes in 1995 to just under 90 billion in 1998. After peaking at 90 billion the
following year, these calls had fallen back to the 1995 figure by 2002.
6National and international fixed line calls grew steadily from 38 billion to 61 billion at
the end of the period in question, though the growth slowed over the last two years.
There was a dramatic increase in mobile calls from 2 billion to 46 billion minutes.
This rise was particularly noticeable between 1999 and 2002, during which time the
use of mobile phone tripled.
To sum up, although local fixed line calls were still the most popular in 2002, the gap
between the three categories had narrowed considerably over the second half of the
period in question.
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