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1 Task 1 People 1. Describe a person that you admire. Explain why you admire this person. Include details and examples to support your 2. Describe the famous person you admire most. Explain why you admire this person. Include details and examples to support your 3. Describe a person who had a positive impact on you. Explain how this person influenced your life. Give specific reasons and details to support your explanation. 4. Describe a person whom you would like to spend time with. Explain why you would like to spend time with this person. Include reasons and details to support your 5. Describe a person whom you would like to talk with often (this person could be one of your close friends, family members or teachers). Explain why you d like to talk with this person and what you talk about? 6. Describe a special friend in your childhood, why he or she is special to you? Include reasons and details to support your 7. Describe an elder person that you respect. This person could be one of your grandparents or neighbors. Explain why you admire this person,and how this person influenced you. 8. Describe the person to whom you would like to turn for advice when you are in trouble. And explain why you would like to turn to this person for advice? 9. Describe your favorite performer or musician. Explain why you like this performer or musician most. Include reasons and examples to support your 10. In your opinion, what are some important characteristics of a good leader? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why these qualities are important. 11. In your opinion, what are some important characteristics of a good friend? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why these characteristics are important. 12. In your opinion, what are some important characteristics of a good teacher? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why these characteristics are important. 13. In your opinion, what are some important qualities of a good team member? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why this characteristic is important.

2 14. In your opinion, what are some of the qualities of a good parent? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why these characteristics are important. 15. Neighbors are the people who live near us. In your opinion,what are the qualities of a good neighbor? Use specific details and examples in your answer. 16. Which do you think is the most important quality of a strong friendship: loyalty, honesty or sense of humor? Explain why? Please include details and examples in your Task 2 Object 1. Describe an object that is of special value to you. Explain why it is important. Include details and examples in your explanation. 2. Describe the most important gift you have received. Why is it the most important gift? Include details to support your explanation. 3. Describe a book that you think is interesting. Explain why this book is interesting to you. Include details and examples in your explanation. 4. Choose one of the following and explain why you like it most: fictions, magazines and poems. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 5. Describe a memorable painting or photo you have seen before. Explain why you like it or dislike it. Include reasons and details to support your 6. Describe an important thing you will miss most when you are away from home. Explain why. Include reasons and details to support your 7. A foreign friend is going to have a meal in you home. What kind of food would you like to prepare for this foreign friend? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice. 8. Choose ONE of the forms of the technology in the list and tell why it has great impact on people's lives in your country? Airplane,computer or television. Use specific reasons and examples to support your 9. Describe your favorite means of transportation. It could be bicycle, automobile or train. Explain why you enjoy it most. Include details and examples to support your

3 10. Describe your favorite style of clothing. Include reasons and details in your 11. Choose one of the following work of art: song, poem and painting. Explain why you like it most. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 12. Describe a job, career or profession which you wish to pursue. Explain why this job is your ideal job. Include reasons and details to support your 13. Describe a job or career that you admire but you do not want to take in the future. Explain why. Include details and examples to support your 14. Describe a piece of advice which was given by a friend, a family member or a teacher of yours. Explain how this advice helped you to solve your problem. Include reasons and details to support your 15. Describe a piece of good news which made you feel happy. Explain why you felt happy about that news. Include reasons and examples to support your 16. Describe a special opportunity that you have been given in your life. Explain why it is important to you. Include reasons and details in your 17. Describe one difficulty you have encountered and how you overcame it. Include reasons and details to support your 18. Describe one kind of your skills which you are good at (such as drawing pictures, playing basketball). Explain why this skill is important to you. Include reasons and details to support your 19. What new skill would you like to learn? Explain why this skill would be good for you to have. Include details and examples in your explanation. 20. Describe the most important decision that you have ever made in your life. Explain why this decision is important to you. Include reasons and details to support your 21. Describe one of your future goals. Explain why this goal is important to you. Include reasons and details to support your 22. Describe one or two ways in which you may live in five years. Use specific reasons and examples in your answer. 23. Describe one thing your families or friends helped you to do. Explain why this thing

4 was important to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 24. Describe your favorite school subject. Explain why you like it most. Include reasons and examples to support your 25. If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study what would you choose? Explain your choice using specific reasons and details. 26. What subject do you think is difficult for you to learn and you don t enjoy, but you think it is very important. Explain why it is difficult and important? Please include reasons and details in you explanation. 27. Describe your favorite time of a year. Explain why you like this time most. Include reasons and details to support your 28. Describe your first year in your elementary school when you were a child. Explain why you like or dislike that year. Include reasons and details to support your 29. Describe your greatest achievement. Explain why you think this is your greatest achievement. Include reasons and details to support your 30. Describes the most enjoyable and particular day in your life. Include reasons and details in your 31. It is generally agreed that society benefits from the work of its members. In your opinion,which type of contribution do you think is valued most by your society: the contributions of doctors,teachers or farmers? Give specific reasons to support your answer. 32. What is the most interesting class you have ever taken? Explain the aspects of the class that made it interesting. Include details and examples in your explanation. 33. What kind of movie do you like most? Explain why you like this kind of movie. Include reasons and examples to support your Task 3 Place 1. A foreign visitor has only one day to spend in your country. Where would you suggest this visitor go on that day? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice. 2. Choose a park or public area that you often go to and explain why it is important. Include reasons and examples to support your

5 3. Choose a place that you would like to go with your friends and explain why. Include reasons and examples to support your 4. Choose a school you ve ever attended and explain why it is impressive to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 5. Describe your favorite area in the city or town you live in and explain why you like it most. Include reasons and examples to support your 6. Describe your favorite place when you were a child. Explain why you like it most. Include reasons and examples to support your 7. Describe your favorite room in your house or some other place and explain why. 8. Describe a place you ve never been to but always wanted to visit someday. Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice. 9. Where do you often go to play outdoor sports on sunny days? Describe this place and explain why this place is important to you. 10. Where would you like to live most, mountain, forest, beach or desert? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 11. In your opinion, what are some important characteristics of a good school? Use reasons and specific examples to explain why these characteristics are important. 12. While choosing a house or an apartment to live in, what is the most important characteristic you care about? Why? 13. While choosing a restaurant or café,what are some important features you care about? Why? 14. While choosing a university, which of the following factors do you care about most: cost, size or location? Explain why this characteristic is the most important to you? 15. Describe your dream university. Explain why you like to go to that university most. Use specific reasons and details to support your Task 4 Event 1. Describe a celebration, public event or moment that is most impressive to you. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples to support your

6 2. Describe a ceremony or public event that you attended. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 3. Describe a challenging experience you had and how you overcame that challenge. Include reasons and examples to support your 4. Describe a disappointing event or experience in your life. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 5. Describe a leisure activity you often do in your spare time. Explain why you often do it. Please include reasons and examples to support your 6. Describe a memorable event that you experienced with you families or friends. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples in your 7. Describe a memorial you attended. Explain why it was important to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 8. Describe a social or political event celebrated in your country. Explain how people in your country celebrate it. Include reasons and examples to support your 9. Describe a successful event in your life. Explain how you made it. Include reasons and examples to support your 10. Describe the most enjoyable event in your childhood. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples to support your 11. Describe an activity you enjoyed most when you were a child. Explain why you enjoyed this activity most. Include reasons and examples to support your 12. Describe an experience that you worked well with others. Explain why that experience is important to you. Include reasons and details to support your 13. Describe an important experience you had recently. Explain why this experience was important to you. Include reasons and details to support your 14. Describe the most enjoyable event that happened in your school. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples in your 15. Describe the most surprising event your friends did for you. Explain why it was memorable to you. Include reasons and examples in your 16. If you could do one thing for your community, what would you do and why? Include reasons and examples to support your

7 17. What do you do to keep yourself healthy? Explains why it is more important for you? Please include reasons and details in you explanation. 18. What is your favorite way to relax yourself? Explain why you like to use this way to relax yourself. Include reasons and details to support your Task 5 Education 1. Some students prefer to have classes in the morning and do their part time jobs in the evening. Others prefer to have classes in the evening and do their part time job in the morning. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 2. Some students prefer to review their notes regularly; while others prefer to review their notes just before test. Which do you prefer and explain why? 3. Some university students would prefer to study full time; others would prefer to study part time. Which do you prefer and why? 4. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should always study in quiet places. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. 5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The most important lessons can not be learned in classrooms. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 6. Some people think that university students should stay in classrooms. Others think that they should do more practical exercises outside classrooms. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 7. Some students like to take online courses. Others like to take traditional classroom courses. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 8. Some college students prefer to attend classes regularly because they believe that only in the class atmosphere can they focus on the reading. Others, however, believe that the best reading can only be done outside the classroom. Which reading method do you think is better and why? 9. Some students prefer to go to universities or colleges in their own cities or towns. Others students prefer to go to universities or colleges in new cities or towns. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation.

8 10. Some students prefer to listen to professors lecture in classrooms. Others prefer to study outdoors. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 11. Some students prefer to study in a big city. Others prefer to study in a small city. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 12. Some students prefer to study in classrooms. Others prefer to study somewhere else. Where do you think students should study in? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Participating in class discussions makes students learn more. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 14. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to learn lessons is making mistakes. Use specific reasons to support your answer. 15. It has been said Not everything that is learned is contained in books. Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion which source is more important? Why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 16. Some people believe that the best way of learning about life is by listening to the advice of family and friends. Other people believe that the best way of learning about life is through personal experience. Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference. 17. Some people think that playing team sports may teach children to be competitive. Others think that playing team sports may teach children to be cooperative. What s your opinion? Explain why. 18. Some students prefer to attend smaller classes with discussion. Others prefer to attend larger class with lecture. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 19. Some students prefer to be taught by experienced teachers who have more teaching experience. Other students prefer to be taught by newly trained teachers who have just begun to teach a course. Which of these two methods do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 20. Some people prefer to keep reading a new book until it is finished. Others prefer to stop reading whenever they lose interest. Which method of reading do you think is better and why?

9 21. Some people prefer to read fictions in their spare time, while others prefer to read nonfictions such as historical books and biographies. Which kind of books do you prefer and why? Use examples and details in your explanation. 22. Some students prefer to search information for a project on the Internet. Other students prefer to search information for a project by reading books or academic materials in the libraries. Which of these two methods do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 23. Some students prefer to study alone. Others prefer to study with a group of students. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 24. When they have some questions, some students prefer to search the Internet or books for answers. Other students prefer to ask their instructors or parents for answers. Which method do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 25. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should learn to draw or paint. Use specific reasons to support your answer. 26. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should begin learning a second language as soon as they start school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. 27. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? High school should teach music and art as other basic science. Use specific reasons to support your answer. 28. 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? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. 29. Some people think that it is necessary for people to learn to play one type of musical instrument. Others don t. What is your opinion and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 30. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to study science and mathematics than it is for them to study art and literature. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. 31. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Attending a college makes a person easier to get successful in career. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

10 32. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is never too late for old people to go to universities to get degrees. Use specific reasons to support your answer. 33. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? University education should be available to only people who have done well in secondary school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. 34. 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 viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. 35. Some people think that college education should be free. Others don t think so. What is your opinion and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 36. Some people believe that universities should focus their money on academic studies. Others believe that universities should also use their funds to provide students more entertainments such as movies and concerts. What is your opinion and why? 37. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should be required to wear school uniforms to school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. 38. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Compared with friends, family members such as parents have more influence on young adults. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 39. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The family is the most important influence on young adults. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Task 6 About media 1. Some people prefer to watch entertainment program on TV. Others prefer to watch education program on TV. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice. 2. Which one acts more influence on you, media (information from TV, newspaper and radio) or people (friends, families or teachers)? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 3. Some people prefer reading newspaper or magazine to get news; others prefer watching television or listening to radio to get news. Which way do you prefer and why? Include details to support you explanation.

11 Task 7 About technology 1. Some people think that TV plays a positive role in the modern society. Others think that TV plays a negative role in the modern society. What is your opinion and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should not be allowed to take their cell phones into classrooms. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Cell phone should be forbidden in some places. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 4. Some people prefer to keep in touch with their family members and friends by letters and e mail. Others prefer to keep in touch with their family members and friends by telephone. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 5. Some people believe that modern technology has made our lives simpler. Others believe that modern technology has made our lives more complicated. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. Task 8 About culture 1. Should a city try to preserve its old,historic buildings or destroy them and replace them with modern buildings? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. 2. Some people think that the government should invest money on art and culture like museums and theaters. Others don t think so. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. Task 9 About Life 1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better for children to grow up in countryside than in big cities. Use specific reasons to support your answer. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Young people know more about the modern world than their parents. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 3. Some students prefer to live alone. Others prefer to live with their roommates. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 4. Some students think that freshmen should share a dorm building with students from

12 other grades. Other students think that freshmen should live in their own dorm building. What is your opinion? Use specific details and examples in your explanation. 5. 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? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. 6. 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. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should be required to help with household tasks as soon as they are old enough to do so. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 8. Some people prefer to have a few favorite foods that they are familiar with. Others always prefer to try new style of foods. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 9. Some people prefer to eat at food stands or restaurants. Other people prefer to prepare and eat food at home. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? To be relaxed and unhurried is the best life style for everyone. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 11. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Your life is more difficult than you grandparents life? 12. Some people prefer to make friends with people who have different interests to theirs. Others prefer to make friends with people who have similar interest to theirs. Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself? Why? 13. Some people trust their first impressions about a person's character because they believe these judgments are generally correct. Other people do not judge a person s character quickly because they believe first impressions are often wrong. Compare these two attitudes. Which attitude do you agree with? Support your choice with specific examples. 14. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should always tell the truth. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

13 Task 10 About Work 1. Because of computers, telephones and other technology is now possible for many people to work at home. Some people prefer working at home while others would rather work in an office. Explain which of these you prefer and why. Include details and examples in your explanation. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A university student should do some part time jobs or internships during his or her summer vacations to find a suitable job after graduation. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 3. Some one prefers to focus on one job throughout his or her life; others prefer to change from one job to the other. Which do you think is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. 4. Some people prefer to work in a group. Others prefer to work individually. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 5. Some people prefer to choose a job where they can get a lot of money. Others like to find a job from which they can get great personal satisfaction. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 6. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important for people to do things that they enjoy doing. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 7. 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? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. Task 11 About Leisure 1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students should be given a one year long holiday before entering universities. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 2. Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. 3. Some people like taking their vacation in a city. Others prefer spending their vacation in the countryside. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation.

14 4. Some people prefer to celebrate their birthdays or holidays with a large group of people in a party. Others prefer to celebrate their birthdays or holidays alone and quietly. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 5. Some people think that students should study at home during weekends while others think that students should relax and socialize with their friends during weekends. What is your opinion and why? Use examples and details in your explanation. 6. Some students prefer to go to university immediately after graduating from high school. Others prefer to take a break or work for a while before going to university. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 7. Some students prefer to study on campus during summer vocations. Others prefer to do some jobs off campus during summer vocations. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 8. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is important to visit the landmark or historic sites when you go to a city you've never been before. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. 9. Some people prefer to collect enough information about their destination before they start their traveling. Others don t. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 10. Some people prefer to go to the destination directly when they are on a trip; others prefer to spend time going to some other places before they get there. Which do you prefer and why? 11. Some people prefer to take pictures or keep a travel journal when they are on a trip; others don t. Which do you prefer? Include reasons and details in your 12. Some people prefer to travel to new places; others prefer to travel to places that they have been before. Which do you prefer and why? 13. Some people prefer to watch a movie at home. Others prefer to watch a movie at a movie theater. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 14. Some people prefer to watch films or concerts with a group of friends. Others prefer to watch films or concerts alone. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your 15. Some people plan every detail of their vacation in advance. Others prefer to leave most details flexible or open to chance. Which do you think is better and why?

15 16. Some people think that parents should lead their children to watch TV. Others think that the children should choose what they want to watch by themselves. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice. 17. Some people prefer to spend time with small group of close friends. Others choose to spend time with a large group of friends. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your answer. 18. Some people think it is more fun to spend time with friends in restaurants or cafés. Others think it is more fun to spend time with friends at home. Which do you think is better? Explain why. 19. Some people prefer to attend team sports. Others prefer to do individual sports. Which do you prefer and why? Include details and examples in your explanation. 20. Some people prefer to attend indoor activities in their spare time. Others prefer to attend outdoor activities in their spare time. Which do you prefer and why? Use specific reasons and examples to support your Task 12 About Success 1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Only people who have power and earn a lot of money are successful. Use specific reasons and examples in your answer. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Popular celebrities, like singers, actors, athletes can give good examples to young people? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Task 13 Others 1. If you unexpectedly receive a large amount of money,what will you do with it? Would you spend it for practical purposes or spend it simply on leisure? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. 2. When you earn a little extra money is it better to spend your money or is it better to save your money for some time in the future? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.. 3. Some people prefer to be a leader in a group project while others prefer to be a supporting member in a group project. Which do you prefer and why? Use examples and details in your explanation.

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