Sample Writing Task 2 Topics 

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Technology:

  • The rise of robots will make many people around the world unemployed. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Electric cars are getting cheaper and will soon replace cars powered by fossil fuels. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Modern technology, such as mobile phones, has negative effects on people’s relationships. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Many children are allowed to use mobile devices at very young ages. Do the advantages of this allowance outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Governments should try to digitalize as many public services as possible. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Environment:

  • Air pollution is damaging the health of people around the world. What are the major causes of air pollution? What are its economic impacts?

  • In many countries, children learn how to recycle waste at elementary schools. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Many local governments propose a ban on private vehicles in city centres. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Governments should provide first-time buyers of electric cars with financial subsidies, since their vehicles have superior environmental impacts. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Cities around the world should grow more trees and build fewer houses to improve their air quality. Do the advantages of this plan outweigh its disadvantages?

 

Healthcare:

  • More private hospitals should be built, because they provide superior health services than public hospitals. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Doctors and nurses make social contributions and personal sacrifices every day; therefore, their pay should be raised. Do the advantages of this proposal outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Child obesity is a growing problem in many countries. What are the leading causes of this issue? What can be done to reduce the rate?

  • In several countries, buying a health insurance plan is mandatory for all citizens and residents. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Parents should strictly control what their kids eat to ensure their healthy physical and mental development. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Traffic:

  • Traffic congestion is caused by the rising number of private vehicles and not poor infrastructure. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • To encourage people not to drive and curb traffic congestion, several local governments increase the fees of car parking. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • More public transport connections always mean less traffic congestion. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In many cities, there are designated lanes on the road for cyclists. Do the advantages of this design outweigh its disadvantages?

  • More businesses should open their offices in suburban areas, because traffic congestion in big cities will ease. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Education: 

  • Children should be given less homework and more time to play outdoors. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In many rural areas, students’ achievements are declining. What are the reasons for this? What can be done to help their performance?

  • Home-schooling is on the rise in many countries. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

  • Governments should provide the unemployed with free skills training and courses to help them find jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • All children should attend mandatory education until they become 18. Do the advantages of this proposal outweigh its disadvantages?

 

Tourism: 

  • More international airports should be constructed to attract foreign tourists. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Tourists Visas are a waste of time and money for applicants. Therefore, governments should end this policy. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In many cities, local governments are planning to build “night streets” that are specifically designed for foreign tourists. Do the advantages of this proposal outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Because tourism creates jobs for local communities, natural sites should be commercialized to become tourist attractions. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • To increase tourists’ spending, governments should reduce taxes that are imposed on them as much as possible. Do the advantages of this proposal outweigh its disadvantages?

 

Internet:

  • Online misinformation can spread quickly and negatively affect the reputation of individuals and organizations. What are the major causes of online misinformation? What can be done to fight it?

  • Governments should provide free Internet access to poor students and families in rural areas, because it is central to their educational and economic success. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Parents should strictly control what Internet contents their children are allowed to see. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Kids under the age of five should be banned from using the Internet. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this proposed ban?

  • All schools should have free Internet access which allows their staff members, teachers and students to communicate, share ideas and materials easily. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Mobile devices: 

  • Many mobile devices are produced at a very low cost in developing countries and are sold at much higher prices in developed countries. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • These days, people can perform many tasks, from shopping, booking flight tickets to recording their health data, using mobile devices. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Many people argue that students should be allowed to use mobile devices in classrooms, while others think that these devices should be completely banned. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • Mobile devices create more negative health effects on users than positive ones. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many people are addicted to using their mobile devices. What are the consequences of this addiction? What can be done to reduce users’ screen time?

 

Culture:

  • Many people claim that globalization degrades national and local cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In many countries, children are taught about their national cultures at very young ages. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • These days, many young people underestimate the significance of their national cultures. Why is this the case? What steps can be taken to improve the situation?

  • Thanks to TV programs and social media, people are frequently exposed to and influenced by foreign cultures. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Some people think that all cultures of a country should be preserved, while others believe that certain cultures that do not fit modern norms and values should be removed. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Reading: 

  • These days, many kids read very few books during their childhood. What are the reasons for this declining reading culture? What are its consequences?

  • Governments should build more public libraries that provide people with free books. This will encourage more people to read. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • E-books will soon replace traditional libraries. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Many teachers organize reading sessions with their students. In these sessions, they read books together and discuss their favourite book titles. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • To encourage children to read more frequently, parents should reduce the amount of time they spend on mobile devices. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Children: 

  • Children should be educated to work as a team instead of working individually. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Governments are planning to send well-qualified teachers to rural areas to help improve the educational performance of children there. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Children are future leaders of an economy. Therefore, they should be at the centre of all government policies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Children should be given more time to study arts and less time to study science, because arts improve their creativity. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many children face depression and anxiety at very young ages. What are the causes of this problem? What can be done to improve the situation?

 

Business and investment: 

  • Private businesses can help governments solve social problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In addition to making profits, businesses should also fulfil their social responsibilities. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Businesses should expand their operations to rural areas. This will create new jobs and reduce poverty. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many employees are allowed to work from home if their jobs do not require them to be physically at the office. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Businesses should be allowed to exploit natural resources in remote areas, because this exploitation does not affect people’s lives. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Humanitarian aid: 

  • To help poor countries fight poverty, many rich countries send food and medical aid every year. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • When a country faces a crisis, such as an earthquake, humanitarian aid from abroad is central to long-term recovery. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Humanitarian aid can widen income inequality, because many poor people cannot get access to it. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Many people argue that humanitarian aid to countries in need should only be in the form of professionals who can help with skills training and not cash and food. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Sending humanitarian aid can improve the relationship between two countries. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Global trade: 

  • Global trade widens the income gap, because only rich people and multinational companies can benefit. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Global trade creates new jobs and increases tax revenues for governments. Do the advantages of global trade outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Global trade increases consumer choice and market competition; therefore, it should be promoted as much as possible. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Global trade will hurt small businesses, because they cannot compete with foreign rivals. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • To attract investment from abroad, many governments grant tax and land privileges to foreign companies. Is this a positive or negative development?

 

Social welfare and benefits: 

  • Unemployment benefits are a waste of public money, because they do not encourage unemployed people to find jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Governments are increasing their spending on skills training for people with disabilities. This will help these people find jobs and earn stable income. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • More public places, such as public parks and children playgrounds, should be built to improve people’s wellbeing. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Quality of life in a country should be measured by non-monetary metrics, such as air quality and literacy rate. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • When a crisis hits a country, relief funds should be prioritized to poor and unemployed people, instead of private businesses. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Law and order: 

  • Death penalty should be eradicated, because it violates people’s right to live. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • The rate of crimes among young people is rising in many countries. What are the reasons for this rise? Does it have economic consequences?

  • Prison sentences are a waste of public money. Therefore, criminals should be forced to perform charity and social work instead. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Police officers should always carry guns to ensure social order and security. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Many car accidents are caused by drunk driving. Why is this the case? What steps can be taken to reduce drunk driving?

 

Jobs and career: 

  • A job applicant’s work experience is more important than his educational achievements. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, people change jobs many times throughout their careers. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Some people argue that job satisfaction is mainly driven by salary, while others consider non-monetary factors, such as work environment, more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • Before going to university, many high school graduates decide to take a gap year in which they work part-time or travel. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • A person’s success is mainly determined by the amount of money he makes throughout his career. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Natural resources: 

  • To foster competition, a local area should have as many providers of water and electricity as possible. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Water should be priced much higher than it is now. This will reduce water shortage. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Several governments are planning to completely ban cars that are powered by fossil fuels. This ban will help electric and solar cars become more popular. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this ban?

  • The exploitation of scarce resources should only be conducted by governments or government-run companies. Do the advantages of this privilege outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Governments should provide renewable energy companies, such as producers of solar panels, with financial subsidies, because their products create clear environmental benefits. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Families: 

  • In many countries, the rate of divorce is rising. What is the reason for this rise? Does it have any social consequences?

  • In many countries, family size is declining. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • These days, many young people decide to cohabit or stay single instead of getting married. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Some people claim that husbands and wives should play equal roles in families. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In several countries, most students at highly ranked universities are from the upper and middle class. What are the reasons for this? What can be done to increase the attendance of students from the lower class?

 

Population: 

  • In many countries, the ageing population is growing. Do the advantages of a growing ageing population outweigh its disadvantages?

  • Many developing countries are facing the problem of overpopulation. Why is this the case? What can be done to more effectively control population growth?

  • Providing women with greater access to contraceptives and abortion is central to population control. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many people from rural areas flood to big cities to look for jobs. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Traffic congestion is mainly driven by population growth and therefore, rising demand for private vehicles. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Communication: 

  • These days, people send emails and text messages. Therefore, writing letters is becoming less popular. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • People are exposed to advertisements every day on social media, TV and emails. Do the advantages of advertisements outweigh their disadvantages?

  • Whenever possible, teams should run online meetings, because they cut costs and save travel time. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Modern communication tools hamper people’s ability to talk face-to-face and create new relationships. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Advertisements of unhealthy products, such as fast food and sugary drinks, should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Fitness and wellbeing: 

  • Some people propose that dangerous sports should be banned, while others argue that people should practice them if their health allows. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • These days, fast food is becoming more popular due to its convenience and affordability. What are the advantages and disadvantages of eating fast food?

  • Sugary drinks should be banned in schools, because they negatively affect the health of students. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Some people prefer to exercise alone, while others insist that exercising as a group is more beneficial. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • These days, many young people do not regularly exercise. What are the reasons for this? What effects does it have on young people and their societies?

 

Big cities and rural areas: 

  • Several people think that big cities are best places to raise children, while others believe that rural areas are better for children’s development. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • Many big cities experience higher rates of crime than rural areas. Why is this the case? What can be done to reduce crime in big cities?

  • Compared to living in big cities, living in rural areas is more beneficial to people’s mental and physical health. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • New infrastructure, such as airports and factories, should be developed in rural areas, because this will create jobs for local communities there. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • In many big cities, air quality is declining. What are the effects on the natural environment and residents there? What steps can be taken to improve air quality in big cities?

 

Housing and accommodation: 

  • Many governments introduce public housing programs which provide low-income workers with the opportunity to buy houses at affordable prices. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • In several cities, there are no restrictions on how owners can design their houses. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Many people argue that living in a house offers a greater level of freedom and comfort, while others believe that living in an apartment is more affordable and convenient. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • Governments should set a maximum price for rent in big cities, because it will help financially struggling families. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • More houses and apartments should be built in rural areas, because this will ease traffic congestion and enhance air quality in big cities. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Social media: 

  • If used appropriately, social media channels can be a great learning tool for students. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many companies host online meetings and conferences on social media channels, instead of doing so physically. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Many children are bullied online. What are the reasons for cyber-bullying? What can be done to reduce it?

  • These days, many people go shopping on social media channels. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Social media channels are a great communication tool, because they allow people to chat anywhere and anytime at no cost. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Modern entertainment:

  • Children should be allowed to play online games, because these games improve their creativity and reinforce their critical thinking skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Entertainment options on mobile devices mean that entertainment in physical places, such as amusement parks and cinemas, will soon disappear. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many uncopyrighted books, songs and movies are distributed online. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Technological advances, such as virtual reality glasses and 3D maps, mean that people no longer need to travel to experience new cultures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Some people argue that children should be allowed to watch TV unsupervised, while others claim that they should only watch TV with parental supervision. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

Personalities: 

  • In their hiring processes, employers should choose candidates whose personalities and visions fit those of the companies. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Several people claim that determination is central to success in people’s lives, while others consider diligence more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • People who have different personalities cannot work together as a team. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Some people like to change jobs many times during their careers, whereas others prefer to stay with one job for a long time. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  • Each student has his own personalities. Therefore, teachers should tailor their teaching styles to fit each student. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Relationships: 

  • Long-lasting relationships are only built upon trust. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Working from home can damage relationships among employees. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • To cultivate good parent versus children relationships, parents should let their children make decisions on their own. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many young people make new friends and find their romantic partners online. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Several coffee shops have banned the use of mobile devices which often prevent customers from talking to each other. Is this a positive or negative development?

 

Shopping:

  • Several people argue that advertisements are always misleading, because they push people to buy products which they do not want. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • The rise of online shopping sites mean that traditional corner shops and supermarkets will soon disappear. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Technology has reshaped the way many people go shopping. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • These days, people can buy expensive things, such as houses and cars, online. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • Parents should teach their children how to shop wisely at very young ages. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

 

Teamwork and productivity: 

  • The success of big projects is driven by teamwork, whereas the success of small projects requires no such teamwork. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • Working longer hours will always lead to higher productivity. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • When necessary, employees should criticize their colleagues, including their managers, because honest feedback will improve performance. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  • These days, many employees are allowed to create their own work schedules, which allow them to spend more time with their families and on their hobbies. Is this a positive or negative development?

  • A team can only work effectively if its members have equal educational qualifications or similar professional backgrounds. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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