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Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 

Crisis

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Crisis

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Alcohol

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to balance alcohol consumption and a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
  3. Should parents be able to determine drinking age for their children before the age of 18 (as opposed to the government controlling this)?
  4. Drink driving: in some countries it’s ok to drink a little before driving. Is it possible to have similar law in Russia? Why or why not?

Should cannabis be legalised?

Reading: 

The National Cancer Institute Says Cannabis Kills Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its website to include various studies revealing how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. The institute also said that cannabis does this while protecting healthy cells.

NCI released the following statement after updating its website:

Marketing

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is marketing?
  2. What’s the best marketing campaign you know of?
  3. What marketing tactics do you think are very successful?
  4. What’s the difference between marketing and advertising?
  5. How has the Internet changed marketing?

Challenges of the modern civilization. Part 1

1. What do you think are some advantages and disadvantages of globalization?

2. Which countries do you think might be against globalization?

3. What do you think globalization will look like in the future?

4. How do you think Russia is similar/different to western countries?

5. Can you give some examples of exotic festivals that are celebrated in other countries?

6. What do you think are some of the biggest environmental problems in Russia?

Work & Happiness

1. Is it necessary for human beings to work to be happy?

2. Would an increase in salary motivate you to work longer hours at a job that you don’t like?

3. How would you motivate yourself to do the job that you don’t like?

4. Some psychologists suggest try to remember what the person wanted to do when they were a child to find their “dream” job, do you agree with this technique?

5. Do you think that woman and man approach the same work differently? Do you think they handle stress in a different way?

Russia and The World

1) What is the position of Russia in the  world? What role does
Russia play in world economy and policy?

2) Is it possible that Russia will become a superpower again?
Under what conditions do you think this can happen?
3) What states of the world are the closest friends of Russia today?
4) Try to describe the relationship of Russia with former
republics of the Soviet Union. What countries are (are not) our
friends now?
5) Do Russians like living in the Russian Federation more than in

Corruption

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kinds of corruption are there in your country?
  2. Has corruption affected your life?
  3. Why do you think people are corrupt.?
  4. Can corruption be a good thing?
  5. How do you reduce corruption?
  6. Which countries have a lot of corruption?
  7. What can you do about corruption in your country?
  8. How do you remove corrupt employees from their jobs?
  9. What is the largest bribe you have paid?
  10. Can corruption be a good thing in some societies?

Unemployment

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is unemployment a great problem where you live now?
  2. Do you know people who have lost their jobs recently?
  3. What do you think the role of the government is in regulating the unemployment situation in this country?
  4. How should the government help people who have lost their jobs?
  5. Describe an employee whom the employer will never fire.
  6. When is the best time for a person to start looking for a job?

Human Settlement on Mars: Mars One Mission

Questions for discussion:

  1. For some people it is better to lose a leg than live forever on a hostile planet. Current technology can provide you with only one-way trip to Mars. Will you agree on that? On what conditions may you possibly agree to go?
  2. Will you donate to Mars One Mission? How much are you ready to donate? If not, who do you think should sponsor this program? Is this program important for mankind and for you personally?
  3. In your opinion in what year is it possible to deliver selected team to Mars and make a settlement there?

Space Exploration By Humans

Questions for discussion:

  1. What in your opinion are the main reasons for space exploration:
    • Science development, testing of new technologies;
    • General human interest to find another leaving creatures;
    • Military purposes, space borders protections from invaders;
    • To find new planet that will be suitable to settle on after possible catastrophe on Earth;

Money

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your attitude to money? Do you have enough money or you always want to have more?
  2. Is it easy for you to save money or you tend to spend it as soon as you get it? What kinds of things are you saving your money for?
  3. Do you waste money sometimes? How easily do you waste them?
  4. What is your attitude to borrowing money? What is your attitude to lending money? What happens more often in your life?
  5. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?

Money

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your attitude to money? Do you have enough money or you always want to have more?
  2. Is it easy for you to save money or you tend to spend it as soon as you get it?
  3. Do you waste money sometimes? How easily do you waste it?
  4. What is your attitude to borrowing money? What is your attitude to lending money? What happens more often in your life?
  5. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?

Global economy and Russia

Questions for discussion:

  1. What can you say about the present economic situation?
  2. Compare the economic situation of today with the situation 2 years ago.
  3. Do you think that unemployment will increase / decrease in the next few years?
  4. What can we do with people who have been laid off and who have no real chance of finding another job?
  5. Has computer created or killed jobs?
  6. Describe the current business situation in your company.
  7. Has your company ever laid off employees?

Do you believe?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in AIDS, swine flu, bird flu, atypical pneumonia and other new disastrous plagues like those?
  2. Do you believe that people's activity causes the global warming? Do you believe in possibility of the nuclear winter catastrophe? Do you think we can fix the first plague with the second one?
  3. What about ozone holes? Isn't it scaring?
  4. Do you worry about comets, asteroids and supernovas?
  5. Do you believe that democracy is the ideal and the only possible form of governing?

How to motivate someone to buy something?

Questions for discussion:

  1. On what emotions should we base our motivation, on positive or on negative?
  2. Is it easy to sell something really new or is it better to sell a little improved things?
  3. What is easier to sell, fish or a fishing rod?
  4. On what should we rely, on marketing researches or on our own intuition?
  5. Is it possible to sell things people really need? Need and demand are not the same, aren't they?
  6. To what part of people's mind should we appeal, to rational or irrational?

Financial crisis

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Advertising

Questions for discussion:

~ What is more important today, producing or advertising and public relations?

~ Should we target advertising to the consciousness or to the unconscious?

~ Do good things need advertising?

~ Does the quality of the product mean anything in business terms today?

~ Does everlasting advertising affect our society a very destructive way?

~ Would you like to ban the television advertisement?

~ Must the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol production be banned? What about medicine?

Advertising

Questions for discussion:

~ Does advertising on TV irritate you? Do you change chanell if you see advertising?
~ What conceal forms of advertising do you know?
~ Have you ever seen a trailer that was a reall art?
~ Can you imagine our life without advertising?
~ What is your termin of advertising?

Brands

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your favorite brands (food/beverages, technics, service etc)?
  2. Why do you like these brands (good advertising campaign, quality, trustworthy, prestige, smth. else)?
  3. What is your position on the ``loyalty ladder`` regarding your favorite brands:
  4. Is it easy for you to accept a substitution?
  5. Are you ready to buy any product/service of this brand or you always compare this brand with others before purchasing

Advertisements on TV

Questions for discussion:

~What is your attitude to modern advertisements on TV? (Is it irritating for you when it interrupts a film/program you are watching?)
~What do you think is the most effective form of advertising? Give example.
~Can good advertising persuade you to buy things you don`t really need?
~Are there any products that are cleverly advertised?

Doubt everything

Questions for discussion:

~ First doubts
~ Spirit of contradiction
~ Education through bringing things in question
~ To think is to doubt / Doubts are the sign of weakness
~ Inferiority complex
~ Credulity as a national feature of Russians

XX century: 10 ultimate inventions

Questions for discussion:

~ Airplane
~ Tank
~ Rocket
~ Robotics
~ Atomic bomb
~ Solar cell
~ Laser
~ Personal computer
~ Artificial heart
~ Cloning

Shopping

Questions for discussion:

~ What kind of shopper are you?
~ Do you love to shop or do you do it only out of necessity?
~ Do you search for the best prices or do you just walk into a store and buy what you like?
~ Do you enjoy bargaining for things (at a flea market, for example)? Have you ever pulled a real coup buying or selling anything?

Reading

Questions for discussion:

~ When did you learn to read?
~ What were your favorite books in different periods of your life?
~ Do you choose yourself what to read or do you read the books which are popular with the public or which are recommended you by your friends?
~ Do you read just for entertaining or do you find something more serious in reading?

Beggars

Questions for discussion:

~ Do you have compassion upon those who bag?
~ Do you consider all of them can do without smb`s help?
~ Which of them in your opinion can be considered people who honestly earn money?
~ Do you think that those who harm the image of the city?
~ If you were a major, how would you solve the problem?

The crisis

Questions for discussion:

1. Is it a play of forces of nature or is it being done deliberately by some group of people?
2. Don`t you feel that the media promotes the crisis?
3. Who is responsible?
4. What should be done?
5. Isn`t it your personal responsibility?
6. The Great Depression coincided with the uprise of fascism? Was it just a coincident? Is there happening something similar today?
7. What is awaiting Russia?
8. What is awaiting the USA?
9. What is awaiting you? Do you have some special plans?

Internet Services. To pay or not to Pay?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you pay for any of the Internet services?
  2. Have you ever paid? For what exactly?
  3. Do you use any of free Internet services?
  4. Did you ever react to the Internet ads? Did you ever buy anything that way?
  5. Do you use the Internet in any way at all? Are you going to?
  6. Can you work via the Internet? Would you like to?

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