Topic 19 ~  Social Problems ~ Choose the questions you like ~


Group A

1) Are there food kitchens for hungry people in your country? How many? Why or why not?

2) Are there homeless shelters for people in your country? How many? Why or why not?

3) Are there many homeless people where you live? Do you communicate with them?

4) Are there many suicides in your country? If so, why is this a problem? Are there solutions?

5) Are there nursing homes in your country? How are your elderly treated? Can it improve? How?


Group B

1) Do you agree that teachers should use corporal punishment as a means of discipline? Explain.

2) Should people be allowed to smoke in public buildings? Where should people smoke?

3) How are minorities (non-native ethnic/religious groups) treated in your country? Explain.

4) Have you ever been a volunteer? Describe your experience. Are you a better person for it?

5) Have you ever experienced discrimination or prejudice? Describe your experience.


Group C

1) Have you ever been close to someone with an addiction? How did/does it affect you?

2) In an overpopulated world, should people be free to have as many children as they want?

3) What are some exaggerated expectations parents have for their children? Is this a problem?

4) What are some reasons people use illegal drugs? Can it be genetic? Are all drugs bad?

5) What is the most serious problem in the world today? Why do you think so?


Group D

1) What types of noise pollution do you hate the most?

2) In your country, who takes care of the elderly when they can't take care of themselves?

3) What is racism? Does it exist? Are we not all one race: human? Debate and explain.

4) Is it morally right to spend a lot of money on pets, rather than helping people in need?

5) Are you pro-life, or pro-choice? Why, and how do you see the opposing viewpoint?


Group E

1) Do you think people should be allowed to own guns? Why or why not?

2) Describe the USA/American fascination with guns. How did this come about? Is there a solution?

3) Is it the responsibility of rich countries to help poor countries? Why or why not?

4) What should the democratic world do to prevent rogue powers from threatening peace?

5) Is the death sentence moral/acceptable? Why or why not? How can we reduce crime?









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