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For 9th form Students


You have had a classroom discussion about the following statement: “English and Maths are more important than Art and Music.” Do you agree? Express your opinion and reasons to support your views.


Every day we hear of more violence at sports events because fans become enraged when their team loses. Don’t you think that the most effective way to control such incidents would be to teach people how to handle defeat?


What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling as a form of transport?



The local council will soon decide whether our town will have a new sports centre or a new entertainment centre. Express your opinion telling us which one should be built. Give your reasons and say what you would like the centre to offer.


Recently you have seen a car accident. You are worried about the road safety, that’s why you suggest some ideas on the ways how everyone can help to make our roads safer.


You are working abroad as a tour guide. Describe your job and say what you like and what you don’t like about it.


You have had a class discussion about inventions. Think about the best invention in the last 200 years, and what you think was the worst invention during the same time.


Think about something of yours you particularly value. It could be any object, big or small. Describe it and explain why it is so important to you. Start with “My most treasured possession …”


Your friend is overweight. Try to persuade him/her that healthy eating is very important. Tell us what kinds of foods are popular with young people in your country.


People spend too much time and money on fashion. Do you agree or disagree? What clothes do you prefer wearing?


Are you an environmentally friendly person? What can we do to reduce global litter?


Animals should be treated with the same respect as humans. Do you agree with this view?


Celebrities should be allowed to keep their private lives private, without the invasion of the media. Express your ideas about this subject.


Living in a foreign country cannot be better than living in your own. Do you agree? Express your ideas about this subject.


Parents are often unaware of the difficulties and problems their teenage children face and are unable to help them. What could parents and children do to overcome the gulf between them?


Many countries are in danger of losing their cultural identity on account of globalization. Think about this problem and say what could be done to avoid this.


The media has both harmful and beneficial effects. Do you agree? Express your ideas about this subject.


Describe the place you would like to visit at some time in the future and explain why it appeals to you.


Television often has a harmful effect on children. What can be done to prevent television programmes having a negative influence on children?


A lot of opportunities are available for young people nowadays. Is it true that today’s young people are spoilt by having too much given to them?


Describe someone you have known for a long time and say what this person will be like in ten year’s time.


Describe a place with which you have very strong emotional associations and explain the reasons for these associations.


Describe the two most memorable events of your life and say what the consequences of these occasions were.


Think about three professions that are the most important for today’s society. What are their advantages and disadvantages? Which one would you choose for yourself?


Libraries are not necessary any more as people stopped reading books. Do you agree? What place does literature take in your life? What are your reading habits?




For 10th form Students


People are often interested in foreign cultures. Which foreign culture do you find the most intriguing?

Which tradition from that culture would you like to experience?

How has the classical understanding of that culture evolved over time?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of accepting foreign traditions into your own culture?


Living by the clockis an old habit. Not much that we do requires punctuality, but people still want to know what time it is.

What do you think life would be like without clocks to measure time?

How would people structure their day and make plans? How would it change your lifestyle? What problems might people have without clocks?


Imagine you have become stranded on desert island.

Without a computer, phone, or television, how would you spend your time?

What do you know about survival skills, like planting food, building houses, or making clothes?

If you could choose two people to be stranded with you, who would they be and why?


There is no specific formula you can use to become a successful person. It is known that gaining knowledge is all that that we need to do well in society. Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.

What does ‘success’ mean? What do you think about the role of appearance in being successful? In your opinion, is a family a good start in success? Are you ready to be a successful person? What do you do for it?


The invention of the Internet has made it possible to communicate with people around the world instantly and to gather information on any topic. But some information on the Internet is inaccurate and some people on the Internet are dishonest.

Is the Internet a good or bad tool for people to use? Why? Is shopping online a good thing? Is it safe to pay online? How to avoid online fraud?


Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses. They play different roles in society.’

Do you think the traditional roles of men and women are changing in Ukraine?

Is there any job that men / women shouldn’t be allowed to do?

Is there any job that men / women can do better than women / men?


Subcultures try to compensate for the failure of the larger culture to provide adequate status, acceptance and identity. In the youth subculture, youth find their age-related needs met.’

What do you know about teenage groups and movements?

What subcultures are popular with teenagers nowadays?

Why are adults against teenage subcultures?

Are you a member of any teenage group? If not, would you like to join any?


An old run-down building has recently been renovated. The facade looks new and attractive with fresh paint and gleaming windows. The next night someone spray-painted the surfaces with graffiti tags. Real artists put their names on their works, do not run under the cover of darkness and hide their graffiti tag. Still many people think it is not criminal, but a way to spread a positive message. Is graffiti without permission art or vandalism? Should this be stopped or allowed to exist? Who are the graffiti writers? What is it that you like or dislike about graffiti writing?


It is hard to imagine a world hundreds of years ago without all the modern conveniences we have become so accustomed to. What do you think is the greatest technological innovation? Why?

Are you technologically minded or are you a technophobe?

How would you manage without technology? What would you miss? What would you find most difficult?


Architectural designing has existed since the time human beings began building houses for themselves. People made crude homes from stone, wood, and whatever else they could find useful for making their houses. And those structures were neither comfortable nor stylish in comparison to the sophisticated interiors that architects design nowadays.

What is the most impressive building (hotel, bridge) in your country?

What is your favourite building? Why do you like it?

Would you like to design your house on your own or to have it designed by experienced architects? How will it look like?


They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Which inventions in the last hundred years or so do you think have been the most necessary or useful to mankind? Which do you think have been useless?

What do you wish had never been invented? Why?

Do you know about any inventors? What did they invent?

If you could invent anything, what would it be, what would it do and how would it help us?


Many young people nowadays use social networks like V kontakte and Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family. However, many critics fear that these sites are costing us too much in terms of privacy and can have a negative impact on users.

What are the advantages of using social networking websites?

What are possible disadvantages of using such sites?

How can people reduce the risk they put themselves in when using such sites?


At the present time English is referred to as a ‘global language’ because it is used for communication by people from all over the world.

Has English influenced your language? If so, what English words have entered your language? In your opinion, is it a good or bad thing?

What does your language mean to you?

What are the main problems for a foreign learner studying your language?


When we’re in a group, other people have an incredibly powerful effect on us. Groups can kill our creativity, inspire us to work harder, allow us to slack off, skew our decision-making and make us clam up. What teams have you been in? Was it a successful team? Why / why not?

What do you think makes an effective team? What sort of people do you need?


Many pupils dream of travelling to other countries. Let’s imagine that you have to choose one country, not your native country, where you will go to live for a long time.

Which country would you choose? Why?

What would be the worst part about living there? The best?

How would you deal with the problem of being far from your native land?


Think of your three favourite advertisements.

Which medium (TV, print, radio, the Internet) is each in? What makes them attractive to you? What kind of people are they aimed at?

Does advertising make you buy things? If so, what?

Do you mind being manipulated by advertisements?


‘A journey of thousand miles begins with one step.’ What does this mean in your life?

How do you start a difficult task?

Have you ever been afraid to start doing something? How did you overcome this fear?

How did you feel after you had started?


‘In the emerging global economy everything is mobile.’

What do you understand by the term globalisation? Is it definitely about the progress or is it only good for those who are already economically strong? What are the causes / results of globalisation?

Do you see globalisation as a force for good or bad? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?


John F. Kennedy, the 35th U. S. president, once said: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’

Do you think that you have a responsibility to contribute to your country?

Why do you think this is an important question?

What are some examples of things you can do for your country?


Not everyone can be a celebrity, and not everyoneshould. But we all should have someone to love us. Websites, magazines, and television shows are free to say anything about celebrities – even if it’s not true. Is this practice fair?

What is life if one cannot be him- or herself and always has to act from morning to evening?

Why is the public so fascinated with the private details of famous people’s lives? Would you be willing to trade privacy for fame?


Its in literature that true life can be found. Its under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.Is it true? What makes a work of literature ‘great’?

What authors have recently become popular in your country?

Have any characters in books really impressed you? What book was it? What was the plot?


The tech industry tries to convince us that our homes will be completely automated in the future.

What makes a smart house?

What security problems are possible in a smart house?

Why do people still hesitate to buy a smart house?


Tempers are temporary, but hateful and hurtful words can be remembered forever.

What makes you angry? When was the last time you blew your top?

What things that you do make other people angry?

What about people who never lose their temper? Is this normal? How do they express their anger?


‘The customer is always right – if you fight.’

Is this true of attitudes in your country?

Have you had any experience of being a customer and having ‘to fight’ for your rights?

What really annoys you about public services (rude shop assistants, waiters, incorrect bills, waiting a long time in banks, post offices, etc.)?


When you start using the senses youve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.

How important are these to you and why? The way food looks and smells. What an animal (e.g. cat, snake, insect, bird) is like to touch? What your boyfriend / girlfriend looks like?

If you had to lose one of your senses in order to save your life which one would it be and why?


Speaking Comprehension Test

For 11th form Students


Technology... Is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

How is life nowadays different from what it used to be like 100 years ago? What do you think is the greatest technological innovation?

Do you agree that computer technology can be detrimental to our lives?

Do you feel that the use of telecommunications technology, such as mobile phones, Twitter and Facebook, limits personal contact and social interaction?

In your opinion, how are human relationships changing in face of increasingly advanced telecommunications technology?


Life itself is a celebration. It is loaded with emotions and dynamism. And when celebration comes in the form of a festivity, all worries and sorrows begin to fade away. Such instances are necessary to energize a soul that works all along the year.

What are some of the occasions for which people celebrate? How do people in your country celebrate special events?

In your opinion, what are the features that make a special event memorable/successful? Do celebrations help to preserve cultures/traditions?

Why is it important for traditions and customs to be handed down from one generation to another?

How did you celebrate your last birthday?


Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well. If you wear clothes that don’t suit you, you’re a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better. You have to wear something for your age or you will look really ridiculous.
How important is it for you to be fashionable? How does aesthetic style vary between communities and countries? How do you think the fashion industry influences society in general?
What do you understand by the term ‘haute couture’? Would you like to have high-quality clothes, hand-made exclusively for you?


Famous athletes are among the highest paid people in the world nowadays. Workers in other professions are considered honorable and essential for society, and yet they are much more modestly compensated. Do you believe that this is appropriate and fair? Why does society value the physical skills of athletes more highly than the mental labor of academic professionals?

Some people believe that the exorbitant salaries which professional athletes receive often influence children to dedicate themselves to sports rather than to academic studies. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Are athletes as important as academics?


If you had a choice to either instantly become completely fluent in a foreign language while forgetting your native language, or retain knowledge of your native language while forgetting all the foreign languages you have studied, which would you choose? Why?

What advantages would you gain from fluency in a foreign language? Do you share the opinion that fluency is more important than accuracy? What would you lose in forgetting your native language? Some people believe that the language is the most important building block of culture. Do you agree or disagree? Why?


The world is facing a situation without precedent: we soon will have more older people than children and more people at extreme old age than ever before. As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, key questions arise: will population aging be accompanied by a longer period of good health, a sustained sense of well-being, and extended periods of social engagement and productivity, or will it be associated with more illness, disability, and dependency? Why do you think this is happening?

How will aging affect health care and social costs?

Are these futures inevitable, or can we act to establish a physical and social infrastructure that might foster better health and well being in older age?


A fish only discovers its need for water when it is no longer in it. Our own culture is like water to a fish. We live and breathe through it.”  The word ‘culture’ has a number of meanings, but in its widest sense it refers to everything that makes up the identity of a particular group of people, society or nation.

In your opinion, what are the most significant aspects of culture in a society?

What are the typical features of your national culture? What makes your culture different from that of other country? What countries have a similar culture to your own?

Have you lived in another culture, or do you know someone who has? What have been your / their experiences with culture shock?

What would you miss about your culture when you are abroad?


The early museums were elitist, uninspiring and aloof as they encouraged only the educated people to visit them. It has become uncommon to find any country that does not have a museum, no matter how small lit may be. It gives us an interpretation of history, of how to view the modern world and locate ourselves in it. The past, the present, and the future are forming a single, living, and pulsating tissue of our lives. But some people still think that a museumis a place stuffed with boring exhibits in dusty showcases and it’s enough to know the history of the country from the school curriculum and TV news.

Which idea do you support? Why?

Do you like visiting museums? How often?

What museums do you have in your region? Which of the museums would you be most interested in visiting?


Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." What did he mean when he said this?

Do you agree with this statement?

How will you use your education to make a positive change in the world?

What academic subjects do you think are most important to study if one hopes to develop society and change the world? Why?


Walt Disney once said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." What do you think he meant when he said this? Do you agree with this statement?

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue their dreams?

Do you think that determination or ability is a more important characteristic when pursuing your dreams? Why?

Some people argue that the circumstances of your birth (such as race, class, place of birth, etc.) Are more important than any subjective character traits like ability or determination. Do you agree with this position? Why or why not?


 An intelligent and technologically developed race of aliens has come to Earth, and you are the first representative of mankind they meet and they want to know about your planet. What would you say about the Earth and the human race?

What things and places would you show them? Why?

What questions would you ask them? Why?

How would you ask them to help the Earth?


Researchers have discovered that happy people have stronger immune systems than unhappy people. They don’t pick up as many colds or get struck down as often by a flu virus. Studies also indicate that happy people take better care of their health: ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ (from the Latin proverb ‘menssana in corporesano’).

Do you think there is a connection between health and happiness?

How would you describe a physically fit person?

Do you think people your age have a healthy lifestyle? How concerned are you about your health?

List some of your pastimes. Which ones do you think help you stay healthy and fit? What would you consider changing in your habits in order to lead a healthier life? What do you do to relax when you’ve had a hard day?


Sports teams usually have uniforms made from two colors. If you were to have your own sports team, what would the sport be, and what colors would you choose for your uniform? Why did you choose each color? What do they represent for you?

How does your combination of colors create a visual statement?

Based on the same logic, what colors would represent your team’s fiercest opponent? Why?

Why do different colors mean different things?


The human being has been changing throughout the history of our species. Do you think that the humans are still evolving today? What do you think humans of the future will be like?

How do you think technology will affect the evolution of the species?

How do you think control and manipulation of human genes will affect the evolution of the species?

If you had the opportunity to alter yourself with the aid of genetic manipulation and / or technological modifications, would you do it? Why or why not? If so, what would you change?


Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, once said, “We have a responsibility toward the other life-forms of our planet whose continued existence is threatened by the thoughtless behaviour of our own human species. Environmental responsibility – for if there is no God, then, obviously, it is up to us to put things right.”

Do you think it’s important to protect the wildlife of our planet? Why?

Are there any endangered species of animals or plants in your country? Can you name any? Whose responsibility is it to protect these plants/animals?

What do you think the consequences would be for the future if we were to lose important aspects of nature such as plants and animals?


Fantasy books, such a Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, have been very popular recently. Why do you think this genre is so popular?

Do you think that fantasy books and films are intended for a young audience or do they have broad appeal? Why?

If you could bring a character from a fantasy book to life, who would it be? Why would you choose that character?

Some argue that fantasy books and films are forms of escapism which serve only to distract people from important issues and problems in the real world. Do you agree or disagree?


Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." What do you think this quote means? How can people change their society / country?

Do you think that you have a responsibility to contribute to your society /country?

What are the limits on the ability of a private citizen to change their society / country?

What are some examples of things you can do for your society / country?


Comment on the idea expressed by Ray Bradbury – “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things”.
What do you understand by ‘creativity’?
Do you think creative people are born or made?
What adjectives do you associate with creative people?
How creative do you consider yourself to be?
Which creative person (living or dead) would you like to meet? Why?


Surveillance cameras are considered to be an important means of crime prevention. However, many studies have shown that they don’t effectively prevent, reduce or solve crimes. It is suggested that it would be more effective for cities / towns to invest in more experienced police officers and improved lighting in streets. Moreover, many people believe they invade their privacy.

What do you think? If there were a surveillance camera in your classroom/workplace, would you feel uncomfortable? Why / why not?

In your opinion, is the common good achieved by the existence of surveillance cameras worth any invasion of the public’s right to privacy?


Stereotypes help us make sense of a large world by simplifying things. They are often negative, but can be positive as well. Do you think that stereotypes are mostly useful or mostly detrimental? Why? What stereotypes did you previously think were true, but later discovered to be false?

Do you think a positive stereotype about a group of people could still be harmful? Why or why not? In your opinion, is it necessary to get rid of stereotypes? Why or why not? If yes, how can we work to get rid of them?


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great.’ (Mark Twain)

What career path do you want to follow? Why?

Which school subjects appeal to you? What do you think the best age to start thinking about one’s future career is?

Do schools in your country provide career counselling? Do you think that it helps pupils decide on a career? Why/why not?

Do you think schools provide pupils with the skills required in the job market? What facilities should schools provide for pupils?


Imagine your ideal day. Choose places in the world you would go to in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. What would you do in each place?

In your opinion, what makes an ideal holiday?

Where do you usually go on holiday? How do you get there?

What do you like doing on holiday?

What is the difference between a traveller and a tourist?

If you had to choose between an extreme holiday and a relaxing spa getaway, which would you prefer and why?


The composer Scriabin saw musical notes as colours and the painter Kandinsky saw colours as sounds. The artists tried to link the senses. Some people can taste words, others can hear letters and numbers. When the senses are mingled, this phenomenon is called ‘synaesthesia’.

Do you think ‘synaesthesia’ is a pleasant condition?

Do you know any synaesthetics? Would you like to be one? Why or why not? What colours do you associate with: warmth, sadness, anger, jealousy, your country? Do you believe in a ‘sixth sense’? If you could intensify one of your senses, which would it be and why?


Journalists are creatures of nature not nurture. The profession develops from instinct, from a peculiar way of seeing and describing the world. It may be objective in practice but it is subjective in motivation.

Why is journalism important?

If you were a journalist, what kinds of news stories would you enjoy reporting about?

Who would be the first person you would interview and why?

Is it more important to get news fast or accurately? Do you think journalists should simply report the news or try to change the situation? What actions can people take if the newspapers print stories about someone which are untrue and cause that person to suffer?


No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.There are many types of addictions but the most common are probably addictions to alcohol, drugs, smoking, and gambling. They affect people in different parts of the world. It is important for people to be aware of different types of addictions so that caution can be exhibited around the substances and situations.

What do you think causes addictions? What can help people stop?

Which addictions do you think are a problem in your country? What kind of help or advice would you give people if they wanted to stop?


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