Discussion Questions – List 1

#1 Which of these methods of learning is best for you: Learning by doing, Learning by reading or Learning by listening to people.
#2 Do you think that human needs for farmland, housing, and industry are more important than saving land for endangered animals?
#3 Do you think parents are the best teachers?

Who is one of your best teachers?
#4 If a company announces that it wants to build a large factory near your community, would you support or oppose this plan?
#5 Explain why you think one of the following transportation vehicles has changed people’s lives: 1. automobiles, 2. bicycles, 3. airplanes.
#6 If you were in university, would you prefer to live in a dormitory, or in an apartment in the community?
#7 Do you believe that the Earth is being damaged by human activity or that human activity makes the Earth a better place to live?
#8 Do you think it is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a big city?

What did you like to do when you were a child?
#9 What change would make your city or town more appealing to visitors?
#10 Do you think that progress is always good?
#11 Do you think that schools should ask students to evaluate their teachers?
#12 Do you believe that a zoo has no useful purpose?
#13 Do you think that parents or other adult relatives should make important decisions for their older teenage children?
#14 Do you think that television has destroyed communication among friends and family?
#15 Do you think that with the help of technology, students nowadays can learn more information and more quickly?
#16 Do you think teachers should be paid according to how much their students learn?
#17 In your country, is there more need for land to be left in its natural condition or is there more need for land to be developed for housing and industry?
#18 Do you think that a person should never make an important decision alone?
#19 Would you support or oppose a plan to build a new movie theater in your neighborhood ?
#20 Do you think face-to-face communication is better than other types of communication, such as letters, email, or telephone calls?
#21 If you could study something new, what would you choose?
#22 Do you think it is good for people treat their birds, cats, or other animals as members like of their family?
#23 If you could travel back in time to meet a famous person from history, who would you like to meet?
#24 Do you think people should read only those books that are about real events, real people, and established facts.?
#25 Do you think that computers have made life easier and more convenient or more complex and stressful?
#26 Which do you prefer, learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends, or learning about life is through personal experience?
#27 What is the most important animal in your country?
#28 Are you always in a hurry to go places and get things done or do you prefer to take their time and live life at a slower pace?
#29 Should governments spend more money on improving roads and highways, or on improving public transportation?
#30 Do you think telephones and email have made communication between people less personal?
#31 Do you prefer classes where teachers do all the talking in class or classes where the students do some of the talking?
#32 Choose one natural resource, such as forests, animals, or clean water, that is disappearing and explain why it needs to be saved.
#33 Do you prefer to spend your time alone or with friends?
#34 Would you support or oppose a plan to build a large shopping center in your neighborhood. ?
#35 Do you think that the Internet provides people with a lot of valuable information or that access to so much information creates problems?
#36 Do you think that learning about the past has no value for those of us living in the present?
#37 Do you think companies should give money to support the arts or to protect the environment?
#38 Do you enjoy change and look forward to new experiences, or like your life to stay the same and do not change their usual habits?  
#39 Do you think that television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities.
#40 Do you think that technology has made the world a better place to live?
#41 Do you think that children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school?
#42 What is one kind of plant that is important to you or the people in your country?
#43 Do you think that people are never satisfied with what they have, and that they always want something more or something different?
#44 If you could go back to some time and place in the past, when and where would you go?
#45 In your opinion, what is one change that should be remembered about the twentieth century?
#46 Do you prefer to learn by yourself or to have a teacher?
#47 What do you do to stay healthy?
#48 If you could meet a famous entertainer or athlete, who would that be?
#49 Why are movies are so popular all over the world?
#50 Do you think that modern technology is creating a single world culture?
#51 Do you think that grades (marks) encourage students to learn?
#52 Do you think that people shouldn’t be allowed to smoke in public places and office buildings?
#53 Do you prefer to spend time with one or two close friends or with many friends?
#54 Why are groups or organizations important to people?
#55 Do you think that the automobile has improved modern life or that the automobile has caused serious problems?
#56 Which source of knowledge is more important, knowledge contained in books, or knowledge gained from experience ?
#57 How has fast food changed the way people live?
#58 Do you think that borrowing money from a friend can harm or damage the friendship?
#59 What is one thing you will do to improve your community?
#60 What changes do you think this century will bring?
#61 Do you think that high schools should allow students to study the courses that students want to study?
#62 What are the impacts of people are living longer?
#63 Why do people remember special gifts or presents that they have received?
#64 Do you think that society benefits from the work of its artists or scientists?
#65 Do you think that governments should spend more money computer technology on basic needs?
#66 Do you think that students should be given one long vacation each year or several short vacations throughout the year?
#67 Do you prefer to live in a small town or in a big city?
#68 Do you think that family or friends are the most important influence on young adults?
#69 Do you think it is a good idea to build a new university in your community?
#70 What discovery in the last 100 years has been most beneficial for people in your country?
#71 Why do some students study abroad?
#72 Do you prefer to eat at restaurants or prepare food at home?
#73 What are the advantages and disadvantages of young children spending a great amount of their time practicing sports?
#74 If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you change?
#75 Do you prefer doing work by hand or using machines?
#76 Do you prefer to study and work alone or with a group?
Question #77 Some people spend their entire lives in one place. Others move several times throughout their lives, looking for a better job, house, community, or even climate. Which do you prefer: staying in one place or moving in search of another place?
Question #78 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person’s childhood years (the time from birth to twelve years of age) are the most important years of a person’s life.
#79 Do you think that movies or television influence people’s behavior?
Question #80 Some people think governments should spend as much money as possible exploring outer space. Other people disagree and think governments should spend this money for our basic needs on Earth. Which of these two opinions do you agree with?
Question #81 Some people think that children should begin their formal education at a very early age and should spend most of their time on school studies. Others believe that young children should spend most of their time playing. Compare these two views. Which view do you agree with? Why?
#82 Is it better to enjoy your money when you earn it or to save it for some time in the future?
Question #83 A gift (such as a camera, a soccer ball, or an animal) can contribute to a child’s development. What gift would you give to help a child develop?
Question #84 A person you know is planning to move to your town or city. What do you think this person would like and dislike about living in your town or city? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
#85 If you could invent something new, what product would you develop?
#86 Is the ability to read and write more important today than in the past?
Question #87 You have received a gift of money. The money is enough to buy either a piece of jewelry you like or tickets to a concert you want to attend. Which would you buy?
Question #88 A university plans to develop a new research center in your country. Some people want a center for business research. Other people want a center for research in agriculture (farming). Which of these two kinds of research centers do you recommend for your country?
#89 Do you think cities should try to preserve their old, historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings?
#90 Do you think that when people succeed, it is because of hard work and that luck has nothing to do with success?
Question #91 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics.
Question #92 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should sometimes do things that they do not enjoy doing.
Question #93 What are some of the qualities of a good parent?
#94 What custom from your country would you like people from other countries to adopt?
Question #95 Businesses should hire employees for their entire lives. Do you agree or disagree?
Question #96 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? There is nothing that young people can teach older people.
Question #97 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Attending a live performance (for example, a play, concert, or sporting event) is more enjoyable than watching the same event on television.
Question #98 What are the important qualities of a good son or daughter? Have these qualities changed or remained the same over time in your culture?
Question #99 If you were asked to send one thing representing your country to an international exhibition, what would you choose?
Question #100 Some people prefer to get up early in the morning and start the day’s work. Others prefer to get up later in the day and work until late at night. Which do you prefer?
Question #101 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Most experiences in our lives that seemed difficult at the time become valuable lessons for the future.
Question #102 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Dancing plays an important role in a culture.
Question #103 What do you want most in a friend — someone who is intelligent, or someone who has a sense of humor, or someone who is reliable? Which one of these characteristics is most important to you?
Question #104 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Advertising can tell you a lot about a country.
Question #105 The expression “Never, never give up” means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  
Question #106 You have been told that dormitory rooms at your university must be shared by two students. Would you rather have the university assign a student to share a room with you, or would you rather choose your own roommate?
Question #107 Some people like to travel with a companion. Other people prefer to travel alone. Which do you prefer?
Question #108 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? One should never judge a person by external appearances.
Question #109 It has recently been announced that a new restaurant may be built in your neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan?
Question #110 Some people prefer to work for a large company. Others prefer to work for a small company. Which would you prefer?
Question #111 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Classmates are a more important influence than parents on a child’s success in school.
Question #112 A friend of yours has received some money and plans to use all of it either: 1. to go on vacation, 2. to buy a car. Which one you think your friend should choose?
Question #113 Your city has decided to build a statue or monument to honor a famous person in your country. Who would you choose?
Question #114 Films can tell us a lot about the country where they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies?
Question #115 In some countries, teenagers have jobs while they are still students. Do you think this is a good idea?
#116 Do you think that daily homework is necessary for students?
Question #117 Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Which do you prefer?
Question #118 Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself choose friends who are different from yourself or like yourself?
Question #119 Would you prefer to live in a traditional house or in a modern apartment building?
#120 Do you think businesses should do anything they can to make a profit?
Question #121 Some people believe that a college or university education should be available to all students. Others believe that higher education should be available only to good students. Which view do you agree with?
Question #122 Some items (such as clothes or furniture) can be made by hand or by machine. Which do you prefer — items made by hand or items made by machine?
Question #123 When people move to another country, some of them decide to follow the customs of the new country. Others prefer to keep their own customs. Which one do you prefer?
Question #124 When famous people such as actors, athletes and rock stars give their opinions, many people listen. Do you think we should pay attention to these opinions?
Question #125 Some people believe that success in life comes from taking risks or chances. Others believe that success results from careful planning. In your opinion, what does success come from?
Question #126 People attend college or university for many different reasons (for example, new experiences, career preparation, and increased knowledge). Why do you think people attend college or university?
#127 What do you think is the most important room in a house?

What room do you spend the most time in?
Question #128 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People behave differently when they wear different clothes. Do you agree that different clothes influence the way people behave?
Question #129 You need to travel from your home to a place 40 miles (64 kilometers) away. Compare the different kinds of transportation you could use. Tell which method of travel you would choose.
Question #130 Some people like to do only what they already do well. Other people prefer to try new things and take risks. Which do you prefer?    
Question #131 In the future, students may have the choice of studying at home by using technology such as computers or television or of studying at traditional schools. Which would you prefer? Use reasons and specific details to explain your choice.
Question #132 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Reading fiction (such as novels and short stories) is more enjoyable than watching movies.
Question #133 Some people trust their first impressions about a person’s character. Other people do not judge a person’s character quickly. Which attitude do you agree with?
Question #134 It has recently been announced that a new high school may be built in your community. Do you support or oppose this plan?
#135 Do you think the most important aspect of a job is the money a person earns?
#136 Do you think boys and girls should attend separate schools?
#137 Why do you think people visit museums when they travel to new places ?
#138 If you could ask a famous person one question, what would you ask?
#139 Do you think high schools should pay students if they get good grades?
#140 Would you rather work for someone else, be self-employed, or own a business?
#141 Do you think universities should require students to take classes in many subjects or require students to specialize in one subject?
#142 In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good neighbor?
Question #143 Every generation of people is different in important ways. How is your generation different from your parents’ generation?
#144 How should local communities pay for new parks?
Question #145 If you were an employer, which kind of worker would you prefer to hire: an inexperienced worker at a lower salary or an experienced worker at a higher salary?
Question #146 Many students have to live with roommates while going to school or university. What are some of the important qualities of a good roommate?
Question #147 Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous activities?
Question #148 Holidays honor people or events. If you could create a new holiday, what person or event would it honor and how would you want people to celebrate it?
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#150 In addition to making money to live, what are some other reasons that people work?
#151 Do you think that university students should be required to attend classes or that going to classes should be optional for university students?
#152 Do you think the best way to travel is in a group led by a tour guide?
#153 What events (experiences or ceremonies) make a person an adult?
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#155 What are some important characteristics of a co-worker or team mate?
#156 Do you think that universities should give the same amount of money to their students’ sports activities as they give to their university libraries.
#157 Why is music important to many people?    
Question #158 Decisions can be made quickly, or they can be made after careful thought. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The decisions that people make quickly are always wrong.
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#160 What is an important skill a person should learn in order to be successful?
Question #161 Your school has enough money to purchase either computers for students or books for the library. Which should your school choose to buy — computers or books?
Question #162 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Games are as important for adults as they are for children.
Question #163 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should be required to help with household tasks as soon as they are able to do so.
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Question #165 What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)?
Question #166 When students move to a new school, they sometimes face problems. How can schools help these students with their problems?
#167 Where would you recommend a foreign visitor to your country go for a day?
#168 What is the most important characteristic that a person can have to be successful in life? (for example, honesty, intelligence, a sense of humor)
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Question #170 Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends?
Question #171 Your school has received a gift of money. What do you think is the best way for your school to spend this money?
Question #172 Some movies are serious, designed to make the audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer?
#173 Do you think playing a game is fun only when you win?
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#175 Do you prefer to work on a team or to work independently?
#176 If you could make one change in a school that you attended, what change would you make?
Question #177 People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties of modern life. Some read; some exercise; others work in their gardens. What do you think are the best ways of reducing stress?
Question #178 Some famous athletes and entertainers earn millions of dollars every year. Do you think these people deserve such high salaries?
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#180 Do you think only people who earn a lot of money are successful?
Question #181 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Playing games teaches us about life.
Question #182 Imagine that you are preparing for a trip. You plan to be away from your home for a year. In addition to clothing and personal care items, you can take one additional thing. What would you take and why?
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#185 If you had enough money to purchase either a house or a business which would you choose to buy?  
Question #186 Some high schools require all students to wear school uniforms. Other high schools permit students to decide what to wear to school. Which of these two school policies do you think is better?
#187 If you could visit a foreign country for two weeks, which country would you like to visit?
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#190 When you need to complain about a product or poor service, do you prefer to complain in writing or in person?
#191 Do you think all students should be required to study art and music in high school?
#192 Do you prefer to spend your free time outdoors or to be inside for your leisure activities?
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#195 If you received some land to use as you wish how would you use it?
Question #196 Some people say that physical exercise should be a required part of every school day. Other people believe that students should spend the whole school day on academic studies. Which opinion do you agree with?
Question #197 Some people prefer to live in places that have the same weather or climate all year long. Others like to live in areas where the weather changes several times a year. Which do you prefer?
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#200 Do you think that advertising encourages us to buy things we don’t need or that advertisements tell us about new products that may improve our lives?
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#205 Do you prefer to be a member of a group or the leader of a group?
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#207 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Watching television is bad for children.
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#210 What new business has impressed you the most in recent years?
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#217 Do you prefer to go to a small movie theater or a big movie theater?
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