Topics for conversations: Grade 2

Final Oral Exam topics, English Grade 2, Spring 2011:

1) When you graduate should you get a permanent job immediately, or should you get jobs to gain experience and ability first before getting your permanent career job?

2) As China expands its influence in the world, will people begin to learn Chinese, or will English continue as the “international language” for business and trade?

3) China will have its own space station by 2020. Do you think it is best for China to have its own space station, or should China join in and share the International Space Station?

4) If you could marry a person you really love, but of the same sex, or a person you only like, but of the opposite sex, which would you choose?

5) Discuss the teachings of the sage Confucius in relation to modern China. Is his influence a good or a bad thing?

6) The government of China is pushing for higher wages for workers. This is pushing up cost of manufacture and forcing many foreign buyers to go elsewhere (such as Vietnam) for lower cost production. How will jobs and the economic focus change in the next 10 years?

7) Now that India, with a population of 1.2 billion, is as populous as China, with 1.3 billion, will India become a 2nd Asian superpower and an economic and political competitor to China?

8 ) China claims to be a peaceful and non-aggressive society. Do you think China should give up its nuclear weapons and become a nuclear weapons-free country like Canada, Australia, New Zealand?

9) Do you think China is ready for a female President? Would a woman be accepted as president by the common people?

Final Oral Exam topics, English Grade 2, Autumn 2010:

1) Fossil fuels are still the cheapest and most practical energy source. Discuss the impact of fossil fuels on the global environment. Will a safer and cleaner way of using these fuels ever be found?

2) China is asserting its claim to small islands so as to have access to the oil-rich sea floor. Discuss the political consequences of a global shortage of fossil fuels. How will competing nations deal with this situation?

3) Discuss the economic impact of fossil fuel use. Is cheap fossil fuel actually cheap, or are there hidden costs to using fossil fuels such as coal?

4) At the last (2010) ASEAN meeting, the host country, Vietnam, invited Russia and U.S.A. to participate as a counter-balance to support the small countries of Asia against China. Discuss why.

5) As more and more old people become a greater burden on the younger generation, discuss how this will affect the traditional relationship between young and old in China.

6) Alcohol causes more social harm, and tobacco causes more health harm, than any other drugs, but both are legal and socially required, especially for men. Should less harmful drugs like marijuana also be legal?

7) Discuss the impact of an emerging China super-power on the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia. How will these small countries deal with the perceived threat of a powerful Chinese neighbour?

8 ) Discuss the impact of China as an emerging economic super-power on international relations, especially with the Western capitalist democracies of North America and Western Europe.

9) Discuss the change to the international balance of power between China – U.S.A. – E.U. How does this influence global trade, political alliances, etc.?

10) Discuss the international role of China in the 21st century. How will the Chinese political/economic systems influence the many small emerging countries, particularly in South America and Africa?

11) Discuss the health problems facing the younger generation as a result of childhood obesity. How will these “fat kids” deal with their over-size when they reach school age? Why do the parents make them fat?

12) China is still a very traditional society with many traditional behaviours. Discuss if tradition is holding back progress or is tradition a useful anchor for family and social values.

13) As sea levels rise due to climate change, some 200 million people will be displaced from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and will have nowhere else to go except south-western China. How will China deal with these poor and illiterate refugees?

14) Discuss the impact of Western culture (Internet, fast food, foreign festivals, & etc) on the development of modern China and on Chinese traditions and customs.

15) With the rapidly increasing number of old people depending on a smaller number of young people for support, is it still correct to keep old people alive as long as possible, or should they be allowed to die according to Nature ( e.g. heart attack ) ?

16) Private cars are expensive and polluting. Is it correct to continue to allow people to own private cars simply as a way of showing off their success? Are private cars really so much more convenient than bus or taxi, or is that just an excuse?

17) Throughout the world today many groups of people are resorting to terrorism as a way of expressing their political opinions, rather than organizing an army to fight a civil war, as was done in the past. Discuss the reason(s) for this change of tactic.

18) Beijing is planning to phase out the one-child policy in some parts of the country so that in future there will be more young to care for the old. Will this solve the problem? Discuss.

19) Young people today are having sex at an early age, many while in middle school, but few have any real knowledge or understanding of sex. Should sex education be taught in schools or is this the responsibility of the parents?

20) China now has what is generally considered to be a world-class education system, with almost the entire population able to read and write, yet university graduates often cannot compete with foreign graduates. Is tradition a factor in this?

21) Young people today prefer to live in a modern apartment in a city, while many of their parents and grandparents still live in a small village house without many modern conveniences. How does his affect the family?

22) Women are marrying at an older age because they are better educated, often have their own job and income, and value their independence. Since they have the means to support and raise a child alone, is marriage (and a husband) still necessary?

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