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1,Describe a building you would like to visit.

               You should say:

 where it is

 when it was built

 what it looks like

 how you know about it *

 and explain why you would like to visit it.

(Public) Buildings in Your Country

 What types of buildings are there in your hometown?

 What kinds of public buildings are there in your country (or hometown)?

 (Similar to above) What are some examples of buildings that are used by the public (i.e., not
private homes)?

 Which cities have the most modern buildings in your country?

 (Possible question) What kinds of cities have modern buildings?

 What do you think is the most representative building in (or, of) you country? 

 Which do you think is more important for a building, the exterior appearance or the interior
facilities?

 Which do you think is more important for a building, the exterior appearance or the location of
the building?

 There are lots of skyscrapers in many countries. What are they used for?

 Do you think it's a good thing (a good idea) to have skyscrapers? FQ 


 (Similar to above) Why do we have skyscrapers?

 Do you think the design of buildings (e.g., their shape and structure) will change in the future?

 What shaped building would you prefer to live in, a round one or a triangular one?

Old & New Buildings

 In general, do you prefer old or new buildings? 

 Do you think it’s necessary to rebuild old buildings? 

 Should the government build more new buildings, or should they preserve more historical
buildings? 

 Do you think if the new buildings in a city should be consistent with, or distinct from the current
ones in appearance?

 How important do you think old (or, historic) buildings are in attracting tourists to a certain
location?

 (Similar to above) What role do you think old (or, historic) buildings play in attracting tourists to
a certain location?

People's Homes

 Would you say people (in your country) prefer living in new houses, or old ones?

1. Describe a leisure activity you enjoy doing with your family. *

               You should say:

 what activity

 when you do it

 where you do it *

   and explain why you enjoy it. *

2. Describe a person who is often in the news, and who you would like to meet.

               You should say:

                            who this person is

                            how you know about him/her

                            why he/she is often in the news

               and explain why you would like to meet him/her.

Famous People

 What kinds of people are usually in the news in your country?

 Why are famous people often on the news?

 Do foreigners ever (or, often) appear in the news in your country?


 (Similar to above) Is there much news in your country about foreigners?

 Can you explain why many companies use celebrities for advertising their products?

 How can famous people have an influence on children and young people?

 What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?

 How can they encourage people to do good things?

 Can they (help to) solve global problems?

 Why do people want to know facts about famous people?

The News (especially in your country)

 Do you like reading the news?

 Do you think the contents of newspapers are always reliable (or, trustworthy)? FQ

 (Similar to above) Do you think the news reports (or, news articles, or news stories) are always
true (or accurate)? FQ

 Would you say the news in your country is mostly about positive news, or negative news?

 Do you think it’s important for people to watch foreign news?

 What are the differences between news in the past (e.g., 20 years ago) and news now? FQ 

 Would you say the quality of the news today is better than it was in the past?

 How does the way people receive news differ from 20 years ago?

 What would you say are the differences between receiving the news by text (= in writing) as
compared to receiving it in the form of video?

 Do you think old people and young people are all interested in the same kinds of news?

 Which do you think is more important, international or national news?

3. Describe a family member you spend a lot of time with.

or

Describe the family member you spend the most time with.

               You should say:

                            who this person is  

                            what you usually do together

                            what kind of person he/she is

                and explain why you spend the most time with him/her.

Family Life in Your Country

 In your country, how many generations are usually living under one roof today?

 What are the benefits, and drawbacks of a family of several generation living together?
 What are the advantages and disadvantages of strong family relationships?

 What are some of the differences between the advice (or help) that friends give compared to
what families give?

 Do parents have equal responsibilities in taking care of their children?

 Which do you think is more important, the support from one's family, or the support from one's
friends?         

 When taking care of a baby (or young child), what do you think are the differences between a
father and a mother?

 Do you think there's any difference between what mothers and fathers teach their children?

4. Describe a crowded place you’ve been to

               You should say:

                            when you went there

                            where the place is (or, was)

                            who you went there with

                and explain how you felt about the place.    

Crowded Places in General

 Do you think people enjoy going to crowded places? 

 Do you think the traffic situation today is more serious than in the past?        

 How do you think people should deal with traffic congestion?        

 Where (or what) would you say is the most crowded place in your city?           

 What do you suggest the governments could do to solve the problem of crowding (and/or traffic
congestion)?       

City Life

 Would you say it's important for a city to have amusement (and/or recreational) facilities?           

 Why do you think people choose to live in big cities (despite the problems)?

 How do you think cities overseas are different to those in your country?

 Would you say urban planning is important? *

6. A Successful Small Business  (Jan 2020)

Describe a successful small business that you know about.

               You should say:

                                what business (or, company) it is


                                what this business does (or, produces)

                                how you know about this business

              and explain why you think this company is successful.

              .

Part 3

Success in Business

 In general, what factors do you think determine whether a small company will become
successful or not?      

 Can you suggest why some businesses become successful while others do not?

 What qualities are required to become a company leader (or, CEO or, manager)?      

Types of Companies

 Do you think companies should be private or state owned? (or what’s the difference between
private companies and state-owned companies?)         

 Are there any differences between the industrial structure in your country today compared to
he past? 

 Do you think high technology plays an important role in a company’s development?       

 What do you think of charitable organizations?

Working in a Company

 Which do you think is better, to start your own business or to work for others?

7.  A House or Apartment You Would Like to Live In  (Jan 2020)

Describe a house or apartment you would like to live in.

               You should say:

                            where it is / Where it would be

                            what you would (like to) do there

                            who you would (like to) live there with

                and explain why you would like to live in this place.

Part 3

1. How easy is it to find a place to live in your country?

2. Do you think it's better to rent or to buy a place to live in?

3. Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents?
4. Is it better to own your own home or to rent?

5. What options are available to young couples looking for accommodation in your country?

6. What are some of the pleasures involved in making a home for ourselves?

7. Would you prefer to live in a flat/apartment or a house? [Why?]

8. Can you compare houses and flats/apartments.

9. Do most people in your hometown live in a house or a flat/apartment? [Why?]

10. In your country, where do most young people (e.g. 20 to 25-year-olds) live? Do they still live
with their parents?

11. What types of places (homes) do most people in your country live in?

12. Compare houses that rural people live in with the flats/apartments that most city people live
in.

13. How are relations between neighbours different in cities and in the countryside (as a result
of these different housing situations)?

14. What kind of housing situation is best for allowing neighbours to chat to each other?

8.  An Interesting Animal You Have Seen  (Jan 2020)

Describe an interesting animal you have seen.

               You should say:

                              what it looked like

                              where the animal was

                              what happened

               and explain why you think the animal was interesting.

Part 3

Animals in Your Country

 What kinds of animals could be commonly seen in cities? How about in the  countryside?

 Some people say that animals in the countryside cause more problems than those in cities. Do
you agree?

 How do animals cause problems to human?

 Do you think animal’s lives are as important as those for human beings?

 Do you like to watch TV programs about animals?

 Can you suggest why nowadays more and more people are choosing to become vegetarians? 

 Pets

 What can a pet can bring to a person’s life?


 Do you think there are there any difficulties to keeping a pet?

Working Animals

 What jobs do some animals do that can help people?

 In your country, do people ever use horses as a kind of tool?

9.  A Desired Change to Your Local Area  (Jan 2020)

Describe a change that could improve your local area.

               You should say:  

                            what the change is ( or it would be )

                            how this change could be made

                            what problems are causing the need for this change   

   and explain how this change would improve your local area.

Part 3

Socializing With Neighbours

 Do you think it's important for people to socialize with their neighbors?

 How do people socialize with their neighbors?

10.  A Performance You Enjoyed Watching  (Jan 2020)

Describe a performance you enjoyed watching. 

    You should say:

         what the performance was

         when and where you watched the performance

         who was performing (or, who performed)

   and explain why you enjoyed the performance.

          Part 3

 Do you prefer (to attend) concerts or traditional performances?

 Do you think traditional performances are important?

 What do you think is the difference between watching a live performance and watching it on


TV?

 How do you think watching a dance performance or a stage play influences children?

11.An Important Text Message  (Jan 2020)

Describe an important a text message you received.

    You should say:


         who sent the message

         what was in the message

         why the person sent the message

    and explain why the message was important to you.

 Have the ways that people communicate changed much in the recent few decades?

 Can you suggest why some people don’t like using text messages?

 Why don't people make phone calls instead of texting (sending text messages)?

 What do you think are some of the main differences between communicating by writing and
communicating by speaking?

 Do you think scientific (or technological) development has any negative influence on
communication?       

12.  An Article to Help People Improve Their Health  (Jan 2020)

Describe an article you read in a magazine or on the Internet that could help people improve
their health.

       You should say:

                when you read it *

                where you read it  (or, how you read it)

                what it was about               

       and explain why (you think) it could improve people’s health.

Part 3

Being Healthy

 What sorts of things do some people do today to try to maintain good health?

 Are there any differences between the way old people and young people try to stay healthy?

 How do you think people could become more healthier?

 Do you think people in the future will be doing more exercise and eat healthier than they are
today?

 Would you like to learn how to swim?

 Do schools in your country have any special activities to enhance the fitness of students?

13.  A Uniform You Have Worn  (Jan 2020)

Describe a uniform you have worn, (such as a school or company uniform).

          You should say:

                 what it looked like            

                 when and where you needed to wear this uniform


                 who paid for this uniform

         and explain how you felt about that uniform. *

                    or

        and explain why you wore that uniform. *

Part 3

School Uniforms

 Why do school students wear a school uniform?

 Do university students ever wear uniforms?       

 Why don’t teachers wear the same uniforms as their students?

 Do you think they should? *       

 In your country, do schools provide similar uniforms to their students?                  

 Are there any schools in China that allows students to wear their own clothes?

 What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a school uniform?

Other Kinds of Uniforms

 What kinds of professions need to wear uniforms?

 What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a uniform?

The Clothes that People Wear

 Do you think people wear clothes that represent (or reflect) their personality?

 Do you think women’s clothes show more variety than men’s clothes?

 What color clothes do you think would catch people’s attention the most?

14.  A Time When Someone Apologised to You  (Jan 2020)

Describe a time when someone apologized to you.

       You should say:

              when this happened

              what you were doing (or, what happened)

              who apologized to you

       and explain why they apologized to you.

              .

 Part 3

Apologizing

 In what situations do you think people need to (or, should) apologize?

 What kinds of people are most likely to say sorry?


 What do you think of those people who don't apology very often?

 Do you usually apologize when you make a mistake?

 Do you think you can you tell (or detect) if someone apologizes without meaning it?

15.  Something Exciting You Did  (Jan 2020)

Describe something exciting that you did. *

or

Describe an exciting experience you have had. *

     You should say:

             when you did it

             where you were when you did it

             who you did it with

    and explain why it was exciting for you.

Part 3

Celebrations

 Do you think it’s necessary to spend a lot of money on holding a party?

 Do people in your country spend much money celebrating birthdays?

 Do people in your country usually go out to celebrate traditional festivals with others?

16.  A Trip by Public Transport  (Jan 2020)

Describe a trip you took by public transport.

               You should say:

                        when it happened 

                       what means of transport you took

                       what you did during the trip

                and explain how you felt about the trip.

Part 3

 Can you suggest why some people travel by bus and not by air?

 Why do you think more and more people prefer to travel by plane?

 What kinds of obstacles do you think some local governments have to face when they develop
transportation infrastructure?

 Do you think traffic jams would be reduced if people could travel on public transport for free?

17.  A Challenging Thing You Did  (Jan 2020)

Describe a challenging thing you have done.


      You should say:

            what you did

            when you did it

            why you did it *

            how you handled this challenge

      and explain why you though it was challenging.              .

Part 3

 What are some examples of things that are challenging for children?

 Do you think parents should give their children challenging things to do?

 What kinds of thing do you think are challenging for old people to do than for young people?

18.  A Person Who Taught You  (Jan 2020)

Describe a person who taught you something important.

               You should say:

                            who this person was

                            what they taught you

                             how they taught it to you

                and explain why you think what they taught is important.

Part 3

Innovation

 What are the differences in attitude between the elderly and the young towards fresh things in
society, such as new ideas and new things?

 In what ways can we encourage others to accept new ideas and things (accept innovation)?

Competition

 Do you think competition is a good thing?

 Do you think people can make friends with their competitors?

Children's Education

 Can you suggest how we could (or, can)  make children more interested in learning (or, study)?

 Who would you say is more important to the education of a child, the parents or teachers?
 When do you think is the best time for children to start learning English?

19.  A Member of a Team  (Jan 2020)

Describe a team that you (are or) were a member of *

               You should say:

 what team

 why you joined this team

 your role in the team (what you do/did in the team              

               and explain why you became a member of this team *

or Describe a member of a team who you know about.

               You should say:

 what team it is

 what role in the team this person plays

 .................

   and explain .......................

              Part 3

Teams

 In a team, which do you think is more important, to pursue individual development or to


achieve team targets?

 Do you think it’s important (or, necessary) for children to join teams in order to learn to
cooperate with others?

 Do you think disagreements among team members have a great influence on the teamwork?

Children and Teamwork

 Do you think children who have siblings are better at teamwork?

 Can you suggest how teamwork could be cultivated in classes at school?

20.  A Job You Would Not Like to Do  (Jan 2020)

Describe a job (a type of work) you would not like to do.

               You should say:  

                            what the job is

                            how you know about it

                            whether it is an easy or difficult job

               and explain why you would not like to do it.


Part 3

Work

 Which do you think is more important when doing a job, the income one gets or the amount of
interest that one has in the work?

 How do you think AI (artificial intelligence) will affect people’s work?

 That technology will make some people lose their jobs. How do you think this problem should
be handled?

 Would you ever move to work and live in another city?

 Is it common in your country for people to move to other cities because of work?

Choosing a Job or Career

 When young people choose their jobs, which do you think is usually more important, the salary
or their interest in the work?

 What would you say are the important factors to consider when choosing a career?

 What usually happens if there is a disagreement between parents and their children in choosing
a job (or career)?

21.Describe a time when you couldn't (= were not allowed to) use your mobile phone.

            You should say:

where it was

what you were doing at this time (what the situation was)

when it was

            and explain why you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. *

                                                            or

            and explain how you felt when you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile
phone.

Mobile Phones

 Do you think there should be regulations on the use of mobile phones?

 What do you think of primary school students owning a mobile phone?

 What (minimum) age do you think is appropriate for owning a cell phone?

22. Describe a trip that was delayed for some reason.

               You should say:


where you were going

why it was delayed

what you did

and explain how you felt about the delay. *

Part 3

Traveling (Transport)

(These questions are mainly about rather long-distance trips.)

 Do you like to travel?

 How often do you go on a trip?

 What mode of transport do you use?

 What kinds of transportation are popular (or, common) in your country?

 How would you say transport today is different to what it was a few decades ago?

 What changes in transportation would you like to see in the future?

 What effects do you think transport has on the environment?

 Do you prefer using your own car, or public transport?

 Would you say traveling is important?

Tourism

 Do you think more people will be visiting beautiful places in the future?

 In general, would you say tourism is a positive, or a negative development?

23  Something Difficult to Use  (Jan 2020)

Version A

Describe something you bought that was hard to use at first. *

               You should say:

 what it was

 why you bought it *

 how you use it *

   and explain why it was hard to use at first.

              .

Version B

Describe a situation when something in your home broke or stopped working. *


               You should say:

 what it was

 what you used it for *

 what happened *

   and explain how you felt when it stopped working. *

Version C

Describe something you bought but hardly use. *

               You should say:

 what it is

 what it is used for *

 why you bought it *

   and explain why you hardly use it. *

 Buying & Using New Things

 Do you often buy new things?

 Do you think old people have difficulties using some things that young people can easily use?

 What type of products are difficult to use at first?

 (Similar to above) Can you think of any examples of products that are difficult to use at first?

Consumerism

 Do you think it is necessary to always follow fashion and buy (or, use) the latest products? FQ  

 Would you say that advertisements are useful in selling products?

 Would you say that advertising makes people buy more news things than they would if there
was no advertising?

 Do you think advertising fools people?

Second-Hand Goods

 Why do you think some people buy second-hand products?

 Can you suggest why people sell second-hand goods by advertising them on the internet?

24.  A Time You Helped Someone  (Jan 2020)

Describe a time when you helped someone. *

               You should say:

 who you helped *

 what you did *

 why you helped them *


   and explain how (you think) they benefited from your help. *

Helping in General

 How do (or how can) neighbours help each other?  FQ

Helping Others in Dangerous Situations

 Can you think of any situations when someone, or some people, need help but this situation
could be (or, is) dangerous for the person offering to help (or, giving help)?

 In general, what precautions, to protect their own safety, do you think people need to take
when offering to help others?

 How important do you think it is to help others even when it is dangerous to do so?

 Would you say it's better to ensure one's own safety by not offering to help (or, trying to help)
when the situation is dangerous?

Helping Children

 What are some examples of situations when a child needs help?

 Do you think parents should their children with their homework?  FQ

 How do you think parents can help their children with homework?

 Do you think that, in general, younger people and older people help children in different ways?

 Do you think that young people and old can help each other?  FQ

 Do you think children should help their parents by doing some housework?  FQ

Giving Advice

 Can you explain why children should take advice from their parents?

 Would you agree that sometimes parents can take advice from their children?

 What do you think are the pros and cons of taking the advice of others, compared to making
one's own (independent) decisions?

25. A Goal  (Jan 2020)

Describe a goal you set for yourself. *

               You should say:

 what the goal was

 why you set this goal

 what other people were involved with your goal *

   and explain whether you reached your goal or not. *

Goals

 What are your goals, (besides what you just spoke about)?
 What (kinds of, types of, are some examples of the) goals that people typically set for
themselves?  FQ

 Can you explain why people set goals for themselves?

 Do you think most people have a main goal in life?

 Do you think it's good to have goals in life?

 Do you think people of different ages set (or, have) the same goals?

 Do you think many people achieve their goals?

 How hard do you think it is to keep trying to achieve one's goals?  See Note 2

 Do you think failing to achieve a goal is a serious matter?

 What do you suggest people could (or, should) do to help them achieve their goals?

26. Not the Full Truth (2)  (Jan 2020)    UNCONFIRMED TOPIC

Describe an occasion when you did not tell someone the (complete) truth.

               You should say:

 who this person was

 what you told them

 what you did not tell

 and explain why you didn't tell the full truth.

              

Part 3

Lies

 What do you think are some of the reasons why children sometimes tell a lie?  FQ

 In what ways do you think the lies that children tell are different to the lies that adults tell?  FQ

 Do you think children lie more often than adults?

1022.  Prevented by the Weather  (Jan 2020)

Describe a time when the weather prevented you from doing something. *

               You should say:

what your plan was (or, plans were)

what weather you were hoping for (or expecting) *

what kind of weather it was *

what happened

and explain how you felt when you had to change your plans

Part 3
The Weather

 What kind(s) weather do people in your country like?

 (Similar to above) Which kind of weather do people (in your country) prefer, cold or hot
weather?

 Can you explain why people tend to do different sports in different kinds of weather (or,
different seasons)?

 Do people in your country enjoy talking about the weather, as small talk, when they meet each
other (or, when they get together)?

 What influences does the weather have on people's everyday lives (or, activities)?  FQ

 What kinds of people care most about the weather?

 What effects does the weather have on farming?

 Would you say weather forecasts are usually accurate?

 Do you think that a person’s mood can be affected by the weather?

Climate Change

 Do you think the extreme weather events that we have experienced recently are related to
climate change?

 How do you think climate change affects the weather?

 How has climate change affected your country?

 Do you think only governments should be responsible for dealing with climate change, or should
it be a responsibility of individuals too?

 What measures do you think can (or could) be taken to tackle climate change on the
government and individual level?

27 An Important Skill   (Jan 2020)

Describe a skill you recently learned that you think is important. *.

               You should say:

 what it is

 when you use it

 how easy or difficult it was to learn

Part 3

Skills

 Do you think that the skills that were important in the past are still important today?

 Do you think teamwork and communicative skills are important?

 What skills do you think are important in business?


 What would you say are some of the most important skills that one needs to have in order to be
successful?

 What skills do you think will be most important in the future? *

28. A Missed Appointment  (May 2020)

Version A

Describe a time when you missed an appointment.

        You should say:

where it happened

what it was about

why you missed it it

        and explain how you felt after missing the appointment.

Version B

Describe a situation (or time) when you were late.

You should say:

        what you were late for

        why you were late

        what you did about being late *

        what happened because you were late

and explain how you felt about being late.

Part 3

Planning

 What sorts of things do you think people need to (or, should) plan for in their lives?

 Do you think it's important to have a daily plan?

 Do you think there are things that people can't plan for?

Time Management

 How important do you think it is to have a good balance between work and non-work time (a
"work-life" balance) in one's life?

29. An Enjoyable Meal  (May 2020)

Describe a meal (or dinner) that you especially enjoyed. *

               You should say:

 where it was (and when)


 what you ate

 who you were with

   and explain why you enjoyed it so much.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  

Part 3

Special Meals

 What do you think are the differences between eating normal meals at home and going out to
eat a special meal?

 Do you have any idea why, when world leaders gather for special meeting they also have a
special meal (a banquet) together?

 Can you explain why food is such an important part of observing special occasions?

National / Traditional Foods

 Why do you think different countries have different national dishes (or, different national
cuisines)?
Do you think it's important for people today to continue practicing the traditional food (or,
culinary) customs from their culture?

30. A Foreign Country or Culture  (May 2020)

Describe a foreign country or culture you would like to know more about. *

               You should say:

 what country or culture

 where it is

 how you know about it

 and explain why you would like to know more about it.

Part 3

Other Countries and Cultures

 What do you think is the best way to learn about a foreign (country or) culture?

 What do you think are some of the main problems people face when they work in a foreign
country?

 Some people say that reading a book about another country or culture is the best way to learn
about it. Do you agree?
 

31.  When You Wore Your Best Clothes  (May 2020)

Describe an occasion when you wore your best clothes (or, clothing)

               You should say:


 when it was

 what you wore

 what they looked like

 and explain why you wore your best clothes.

Part 3

 Do you think people really need to dress formally in the workplace?

 Why do some people like to wear traditional clothes? 

 Do you think traditional clothes will disappear in the future?

 Do you think people change the style of clothes they wear as they get older?

32. An Educational Trip  (May 2020) 

Describe an educational trip you went on in your school days.

        You should say

                        where you went

                        who you went with

                        what you saw (or did) there *      

         and explain what you learned on that trip.

Part 3

33.  A Talk or Speech  (May 2020)

Describe a talk or speech that you attended.

               You should say:

 where it was

 who spoke

 what the topic was

 and explain what you thought of the talk or speech. *

Different Types of Spoken Communication

 What different kinds of speeches or lectures have you attended in your life?

 (Similar to above) What are the different purposes of speeches and lectures? 

 Do you think listening to (speeches and) lectures is important in universities?

 Do you like listening to lectures and speeches? (Why?/Why not?)

 What kinds of speeches (or lectures) do you prefer listening to?

 (Similar to above) For you, what makes a speech (or lecture) interesting (or enjoyable) to listen
to?

 (Similar to above) For you, what makes a lecture a good lecture? FQ


 Some people prefer to just listen to a speaker while other people prefer to engage in (group)
discussion. Which do you prefer (or, think is better)? 

 (Similar to above) Do you prefer to listen to a talk or to have a discussion? FQx2

 (Similar to above) Which do you think is more useful (for exchanging information), listening to a
talk (or speech) or engaging in discussion?

Conferences

 Why do people attend conferences?

 Do you think conferences are very useful?

 What about international conferences, for example, an international conference of scientists.


What are the benefits of holding such conferences?

 How can international conferences be used as a way to enhance cross-cultural exchanges?

 Do you think cross-cultural conferences are useful?

Visiting Speakers in Schools and Universities

Universities

 Do you think it's a good idea for universities to sometimes exchange lecturers with other
universities, for example, to give a short series of lectures?

 What about foreign professors or lecturers - do you think it's useful for visiting foreign experts
and professors to give a series of lectures in China?

Schools (high schools and primary schools)

 Do you think it's a good idea for school students to listen to speeches and talks in school given
by visiting speakers? FQ

 What benefits could school children get from having visitors come to their school to give a talk?

 What are some examples of a speech or talk that you think would be suitable to give to school
children? 

 What different categories of (kinds of) people do you think are most suitable as visiting speakers
in schools? (E.g., policemen, doctors, famous people, people who have overcome great
challenges, ... Include why these are suitable.) FQx2

 What qualities (attributes) should these visiting speakers have? FQ

 What topics are most suitable for these speakers to talk about? (Note: Distinguish between
primary school students and high school students)

Giving a Talk to Very Young Children

 Do you think it's good (or, suitable) to give a talk (or speech) to young kids (e.g., 4 to 9 years
old)?

 Why do you many people find it hard to give a talk to young children? FQ

 Why do you think young children sometimes have difficulty listening to (= concentrating on)
someone giving them a lecture or talk? FQ

 How should a talk be given to children? FQ


 (Similar to above) How do you think a speaker could hold (or attract) the attention of young
children? FQ

 What kind of people (people with what qualities) do you think are best suited to giving a talk to
children? FQ

 Compare the kind of talk (or speech) that would be suitable to give to young children with a
speech that would be suitable for adults.

 Which do you think would be easier to give, a talk to adults or a talk to young children?

Speech-Giving Skills and Methods

 What qualities should public speakers have (in order to speak well in public)? FQ

 Why do you think some people are good public speakers and others are not?

 Do you think people are born with or without the ability to give a speech (in front of others)?

 What skills do you think a public speaker needs to have?

 How can a person develop or improve his or her speaking skills?

 Why do you think some people find it difficult to speak in front of an audience?

 Why do you think many people are nervous before they give a speech? FQx2

 (Similar to above) Some people feel nervous before they give a public speech, even after they
have had a lot of time to prepare for the speech. Can you suggest why? FQ

 Some athletes, actors and actresses and other performers get nervous before they perform,
even when they have had a lot of experience. Can you suggest why? ("Perform" means do what
they do, not public speaking.)

 Can you suggest any ways that a person could use to control his or her nervousness before they
have to give a speech (in front of a big audience)? FQx2

 What are some of the features of a very successful speech or lecture?

 What makes a speech (or talk) interesting?

 What are some ways that a public speaker could make his speech or lecture more attractive to
the audience?

 Do you think it's useful to use visual aids such as slides and photographs (or a Powerpoint
presentation) when giving a presentation? (Why?) FQx2

 (Similar to above) What do you think are the benefits of using visual aids such as a Powerpoint
presentation? FQx2

34 A Polluted Place  (May 2020)

Describe a polluted place you have seen. *

               You should say:

 where it was
 how it was polluted

 how it was polluted 

 and explain how you felt about it. *

Dealing with Environmental Problems

 Do you ever discuss the topic of the environment with your friends?  FQx2

 What are the different kinds of environmental problems that exist right now? FQx2

 What do you think is the most serious environmental problem in China? (Why?) FQx2

 What are the causes of these problems?

 (Similar to above) Why do people create pollution?

 Do you think environmental problems are worse than they used to be? (Why?)

 Whose fault is it that we have these environment problems? FQ

 Do you think those who cause pollution are criminals? (Why?/Why not?)

 In general, what do you think is the best way to deal with these environmental problems? 

 (Similar to above) What is the government doing to tackle this problem? FQ

 (Similar to above) How is China going to (or planning to) tackle these problems?

 If you were a government official, how would you try to solve these environmental problems?

 Do you think it is the government's responsibility to solve environmental problems or is it the


the responsibility of each individual? FQx2

 What are some things that individuals can do to help solve environmental problems? 

 Do you think pollution will be less severe in the future (than it is now), or do you think it will get
worse?

 Do you think these problems will be solved in the future?

 What do you think will be the result if we ignore these environmental problems?

 Compared to before, do you think people's awareness (consciousness) of environmental


problems has increased or decreased? (How? Why?) FQ

 (Similar to above) Why do you think some people don't pay much attention to environmental
problems?

 What are some ways that the government could use to help educate people about the
environment? FQ

 Do older people in China have the same attitudes towards the environment as young
people? FQ 

 What do you think China's environment will be like in the future (e.g., 20 or 50 years in the
future)? FQx2

 (Similar to above) Do you think the environment will be improved in the future or do you think it
will get worse?
 How do you think cutting down all the trees in a forest affects the environment?

 Do you think that air-conditioning in buildings such as this (the examination building), is a form
of environmental pollution?

 Do you think air pollution might (or will) have any effect on Beijing's Olympic Games this year?

The Problem of Waste Disposal

 What are the sources of waste (& rubbish) that society produces? FQ 

 Compare how waste is disposed of today and how it used to be disposed of many years ago.

 How do you think we could make waste (waste materials) beneficial to society? (Hint: recycling)

 Do you think recycling is important?

 Do young people & older people have the same attitudes towards waste disposal? (E.g.,
attitudes towards recycling, and towards what should be thrown away & what should be
kept.) FQ

 Do you think old people produce as much waste (such as waste paper) as young people? FQ 

 As society advances in science and technology, it seems that we have more garbage to dispose
of. Why do you think this is so?

 Do you think that advertising leads to the production of more garbage in society?  FQ 

 Some people throw rubbish/garbage/trash on the street, for example, an ice-cream wrapper.
What do you think of this behaviour?

 How can/could these people's behaviour be changed?

 How important is it to change the behaviour of these people?

35. Describe something special you brought home from a holiday. *

You should say:

        what it was

        when and where you went on this holiday

        what you did with it after you brought it home

and explain why you thought it was special.

Part 3

Souvenirs

 What sorts of things do tourists often buy to help them remember a a holiday they have had?

 Do you think it's good that locals sell things to tourists at tourist locations?

Taking Photos on a Vacation

 Why do you think people like to take photos when they go on vacation (= go on a holiday)?
 What do you think are the pros and cons of taking an expensive (o, a high-quality, or a
professional) camera with you on a vacation?

36. A Friend Who is a Good Leader  (May 2020) 

Describe a friend who you think is a good leader.

                You should say:

who this friend is

how you know this person (or, how [& when] you first met this person)

how other people behave towards him/her

and explain why you think he/she is a good leader.

Part 3

Leadership in Your Country (or, Culture)

 Can you suggest (= make a guess) why men are usually the leaders in society? *

 Do you think this might change in the future?

 Do you think men are better leaders than women? *

 Who is usually the head of the family in your culture?

 Do you think men are (really) better decision-makers in a family situation?

 Do you think a leader should discuss things with the people they are leading (e.g., the members
of a team) before making important decisions?

37. A Sport or Game  (May 2020)

Describe a sport or game you enjoy playing. *

               You should say:

 what it is

 where you play it *

 who you play it with *

 and explain why you enjoy this sport or game. *

Part 3

Watching Sports Events

 Do you prefer to watch sports events on TV at home or watch them live? (Why?) ('live' is
pronounced as 'laIv'.) FQ

 (Similar to above) Do you prefer to watch sports events on TV at home or watch them at the
sports stadium? FQ

 Do most people watch sports events live or at home on TV? FQ

 Do you think there are too many sports programs on TV? FQ

 What sports programs do you like to watch on TV?


 What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to see a live sports event, such as a
football match, compared to watching the event at home on TV? 

 Do people have the same feeling when they see a sports match on TV and when they see it live?

 Does the ticket price to live sports events effect people's decisions about whether or not to go
and watch the event live? (= Are the tickets to live sports events in China very expensive?) FQ

 Why do you think entrance tickets for some sports events are so expensive?

 Where can (or do) people who do not have much money go to watch live sports events? FQ

 How much do you think people should pay for admission tickets to live sports events? FQ

 What about the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 – what do you think would be a reasonable
price for admission tickets?

 Compare TV sports broadcasts with TV news programs or other TV programs. FQ

Sports Stars

 Who's your favourite sports star? (Why?)  FQ

 What are the differences between (the popularity of) sports stars and media personalities such
as TV or movie stars?  FQ

 Why (how) do some sports stars earn such large incomes?

 Do you think sports stars should appear in advertisements (for sports products)? (= Is it good
that they do this?) FQ

 What is the reason for using sports stars in advertising?

 How do sports stars influence young people? FQX2

 (Similar to above) Do you think sports stars exert a positive influence on young people?

 Why does the media focus so much on sports stars? FQ

 How do you think people become sports stars? Is it a matter of luck? *

 Do you think it’s a good idea for some children to aim to be professional athletes? *

 Some professional athletes are very well-paid. Do you think they deserve to be so well-paid? *

Sports in general

 Do you like sport? 

 Who do play that sport with?

 How often do you exercise?

 What are the benefits of sport (or exercise)? FQx2

 What sports are most popular in China?

 Compare the sports that were popular to watch before to the sports that people like watching
today.

 What kinds of sports facilities exist in your community (= hometown or even in all of China)?  FQ
 Does China have sufficient sports facilities? FQ

 Do males (boys) and females (girls) both play the same kind of sports?

 Do you think that everybody has the same opportunities to participate in sport?

 Have you ever wanted to join a sports club? Is it easy to do?

 How do you think the government could encourage more people to exercise and participate in
sport? FQx2

 What opportunities do city people in China have for exercise and participating in sports?  FQ

 Do young people and old people participate in the same sports or the same kinds of physical
exercise?

 Do you think children should be encouraged (from a young age) to participate in (competitive)
sport? (or team sports) (= Benefits for the children?) FQ

 (As above) What is the influence of sports on children? FQ

 Do children like sports?

 Are there any disadvantages or negative aspects to sport? (Hints: sports injuries; some people
take sport too seriously and neglect their studies or future career development; gambling and
bribery in professional sport)

 Do you think learning teamwork in sport can benefit people in the workplace? FQ

 What preparations does Beijing have to do for the 2008 Olympics?

 What is the significance of Beijing hosting the Olympic Games in 2008?

 Can you give any examples of sports-related jobs? (Sports team owner or manager, full-time
(professional) athlete, sports coach, high school sports teacher, sports facility manager
(including fitness centres), sports researcher (scientist doing research on sports performance),
sports doctor, physiotherapist specializing in sports injuries, sports nutritionist, sports journalist,
sports shop owner, sports clothes designer, computer programmer specializing in creating
computer sports games,  ...)

 Compare playing a sport (e.g., a game of badminton) just for fun with playing a sport in a serious
competition.

38.  A Person with an Important Job  (May 2020)  

Describe a person (you know) who (you think) has an important job.

You should say:

        who this person is

        how you know this person *

        where he or she (they) works

        what work he or she does

and explain why (you think) his or her work is important.


Part 3

1035.  An Occasion When You Wanted to Impress  (May 2020)  UNCONFIRMED TOPIC  

Describe an occasion when you wanted to (or, tried to) impress others (or another person). *

               You should say:

 who you wanted to impress *

 what you did *

 how you hoped to impress them *

 and explain why you wanted to impress them. *

Part 3 - goals

39 An Occasion When You Recived Some Advice  (May 2020 or Jan 2020)  

Version A

Describe a situation when you received some useful advice.

                You should say:

what the situation was

who gave you the advice

what the advice was

              and explain how this advice was useful to you.

              

Version B

Describe a time when you gave some advice to someone.

                You should say:

what the situation was

who you gave the advice to

what the advice was

              and explain how this advice was useful to this person.

Possible follow-up questions:

 Do you often get advice from older people?

 (That question might be) Do you often get advice from other people?

Giving Advice

 Do you often get advice from older people?

 (That question might be) Do you often get advice from other people?
 Do you like giving advice to others?

 Why (do you think) many people don't follow good advice?

Parental Advice

 What kinds of (= what are some examples of) advice that parents in your country give to their
children?

 Do parents give any advice about making friends

 Whose advice do you think is most helpful (or, useful), advice from parents, or advice from
friends?

Professional Advice-Givers

 What are some examples of people who give advice as (part of) their work?

 How do these experts give advice to others?

40. A Bicycle Tour You Would Like  (May 2020)   

Version A

Describe a bicycle tour that you would like to take.

               You should say:

 where you would go

 who you would like to go with

 what you would like to (see and) do on the tour

 and explain why you would like to take (go on) this tour.

              .

Version B

Describe a bicycle tour that you took.

                You should say:

                            where you went

                            who you were with

                            what you did

                 And explain whether you enjoyed it. *

Part 3

Transportation in Your Country

 How is the transportation system in your hometown?


 Which kinds of transportation are popular in your country?  FQ  

 (Similar to above) What is the most popular form of transport in your country?  FQ

 What are the most popular forms of public transport in your hometown?  FQ

 What do you think are the advantages of public transport?  FQ

 How is the subway system in your city?

 Why do some people drive cars while others take the subway?

 Do you think transportation differs in different places?

 What are the differences between transportation in the city and in rural areas (the
countryside)?  FQ

 How do most people in your country travel between cities (e.g., a a trip of several  hundred
kilometers)?

 If you were in the government, how would you improve the traffic situation?  FQ

 (Possibly the above is this) If you were in the government, how would you improve the transport
systems?  FQ

 Is it safe to ride a bicycle in your hometown (or where you are living now)?

 Would you say your hometown (or city) is a suitable place for walking?

 Do you think the footpaths (sidewalks, in US English) could be improved?

 Is it safe for pedestrians to cross the roads in your city?

 Should there be more pedestrian crossings?

 Do you think there should be more pedestrian malls in the cities?  Bicycles & Motorcycles vs
Cars

 Which are more popular in your country, cars or bicycles?  

 Are bicycles old-fashioned?

 Do you think bicycles will be replaced by cars?

 Do you think motorcycles (= motorbikes) are suitable for everyone to use?

 Can you explain why so many people want to have a car?

 What are the benefits of having a car?

 What is the impact of cars on the environment?

 What should governments do to reduce this impact?

Holidays

 Do you have many (public) holidays in your country?

 (Similar to above) How many (public) holidays do you have in your country?

 Do you think that's a suitable number of holidays?

 How do people spend these holidays?


 Do people prefer to travel within the country or to travel abroad when they have a holiday?

 Can you explain why some people don't like (public) holidays?

41. A Band or Singer  (May 2020)  

Describe a band or singer who you like.

               You should say:

                              what style of songs they sing / music they play *

                              when you listen to them

                              where you listen to them

                and explain why you like this band or singer.

     

Part 3

 What other music or bands do you like?

 Why do you think people listen to music?

 Would you like to sing or play a musical instrument yourself?

42. Start a Small Business  (May 2020)  UNCONFIRMED TOPIC  

Describe a small business you would like to start.

               You should say:

 what it is

 how much money you would need

 how many people you would need

 and explain why you would like to start a small business.

              

Part 3

Small business

 What challenges and difficulties do people face when they try to have a successful small
business?

 What should be the government's role in how small businesses are run?
 What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of small businesses compared to large
companies?

 How can small businesses benefit the people in the community where the businesses are
located?

 Compare small shops with big (international) department stores and supermarkets.

Other possible questions

 What kinds of small business are most popular in China? *

 Why do some people open their own business? *

 What qualities does a small business owner need to have? *

 How have (small) businesses changed in recent years in China? *

 How do you think (small) business will change in the future in China? *

 Compare owning and running a small business to being an employee in a large company. *

43  Stop Eating Something  (May 2020)  UNCONFIRMED TOPIC  

Version A

Describe something you would like to stop eating. *

               You should say:

 what it is

 when and where you eat it *

 where you buy it

 how much of it you eat * or how often you eat it*

 and explain why you would like to stop eating it. *

              

Version B

Describe something that you have stopped eating

                You should say:

                                what is it

                                why you like it

                                where do you buy it from

                and explain how you stopped eating it

Part 3
Special Meals

 What do you think are the differences between eating normal meals at home and going out to
eat a special meal?

 Do you have any idea why, when world leaders gather for special meeting they also have a
special meal (a banquet) together?

 Can you explain why food is such an important part of observing special occasions?

National / Traditional Foods

 Why do you think different countries have different national dishes (or, different national
cuisines)?
Do you think it's important for people today to continue practicing the traditional food (or,
culinary) customs from their culture?