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Famous people think…

Do you agree or disagree with famous people? Prove your position.

  1. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance (Aesop).
  2. Slow and steady wins the race (Aesop).
  3. The gods help them that help themselves (Aesop).
  4. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit (Aesop).
  5. Union gives strength (Aesop).
  6. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life (Muhammad Ali).
  7. I took a speed reading course and read "War and Peace" in 20 minutes. It involves Russia (Woody Allen).

Proverbs and Sayings

Questions for discussion:

  1. Business comes before pleasure
  2. Parents should be sent back to school
  3. You’ve got to run very fast to stay where you are
  4. A friend in need is a friend indeed
  5. Fine words dress ill deeds
  6. If a man deceives me once, shame on him, if he deceives me twice, shame on me
  7. Freedom means responsibility
  8. Action speaks louder than words
  9. Those who can do, those who can’t teach
  10. Creativity is a privilege of artists and has no role to play in business

Round the world

Questions for discussion:

  1. What types of traveling do you know? Which of them have you tried?
  2. Why do people travel? What are your reasons?
  3. How do you choose a place to go to? Do you get prepared for a trip (read guidebooks, find the information in the internet, talk to people who have been there, etc.)?
  4. What is the best/worst place you’ve ever visited? Why?

The problem of choice

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you understand by the problem of choice? Does this problem really exist? How much does it influence people’s life?
  2. Is/was it easy for you to choose (friends, partners, a place to study, a career, a place to have rest, things to buy, etc)? Do/did you make the choice by yourself or does/did anybody/ anything influence your choice? Which cases are/were the easiest? Which cases are/were the most difficult?
  3. What do you do to make the right choice? Are there any special techniques?

The most ever

Questions for discussion:

    Think of:
    1. the best place you’ve ever been to;
    2. the happiest day you’ve ever had;
    3. the strongest emotion (either good or bad) you’ve ever felt;
    4. the most interesting person you’ve ever met;
    5. the most delicious food you’ve ever tried;
    6. the most useful thing you’ve ever possessed;
    7. the least useful thing you’ve ever bought.

Pros & Cons

Questions for discussion:

    Think of advantages and disadvantages of:
    -being a child/teenager
    -being an adult
    -being retired
    -being a hard worker
    -being a lazy person
    -being a boss
    -being an employee
    -being a celebrity
    -being a millionaire
    -being poor
    -being religious
    -being an atheist
    -being a human being
    -being an animal
    -being a man
    -being a woman
    -living in the 21st century
    -living any other time (the one you choose)

What do we live for?

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people live for? Is there any special purpose for mankind to exist?
  2. Does people’s attitude to Life change through time? Does it become more pessimistic or more optimistic?
  3. Is it a good idea to live for smb’s sake or we should firstly care for ourselves?
  4. What way of living do you approve of?
  5. What way of living do you disapprove of?
  6. Are there any special rules you follow?
  7. Could you imagine a situation when you may be ready to sacrifice your life?

Pros and Cons

Think of advantages and disadvantages of:

-being a child/teenager
-being an adult
-being retired
-being a hard worker
-being a lazy person
-being a boss
-being an employee
-being a celebrity
-being a millionaire
-being poor
-being religious
-being an atheist
-being a human being
-being an animal
-being a man
-being a woman
-living in the 21st century
-living any other time (the one you choose)

Feminism

Questions for discussion:

  1. What definitions of feminism do you know? What’s your understanding of it?
  2. What consequences of feminism can we see nowadays (think of relations, family life, social life, work, politics)? Are they positive or negative? Why?
  3. What consequences of feminism may occur in future?
  4. Has the idea of feminism made women less feminine?
  5. Could you think of the examples when women have even more rights than men?
  6. Are women happy about what they finally got or their efforts backfired on them?

Rights and Restrictions

Questions for discussion:

Should people have the following rights and how much should government control them in having these rights?

-the right to die (think of euthanasia as a choice of a patient)
-the right to kill (think of euthanasia either for pets or for people, abortion, death penalty)
-the right to take light drugs, drink alcohol, smoke
-the right to bear arms
-the right to have children (think of women of different age)
-the right to judge other people (think of jury trial)

The World of Work

Questions for discussion:

Leisure and Hobbies

Questions for discussion:

  1. How much leisure is there in your life? Is it enough? Would you like to have more/ less? Why?
  2. How do you spend leisure time?
  3. Do people of different ages/ nationalities have different ideas of spending leisure time? What are they?
  4. Would you like to have only leisure time and no work at all?
  5. Can any work be leisure?
  6. Have you ever had a hobby? What was/is it? Why did you choose it?
  7. Have you heard of unusual hobbies? What are they? Do you know anyone with such hobbies?

Upbringing

Questions for discussion:

  1. What does good upbringing mean, in your opinion?
  2. How much is it important for a child to have a full family? What could be the consequences of being brought-up in a one-parent family?
  3. Is it possible to bring up children without punishment? Should parents use punishment at least sometimes?
  4. What is better for a child, from your point of view, to go to kindergarten or to be at home with a nanny?
  5. What is better for a child, from your point of view, to grow up alone or with brothers/sisters?

Childhood

Questions for discussion:

  1. From what age do you remember yourself? What is your earliest memory? Does it involve sight, sound or smell? Why do you think you remember those moments?
  2. Do you remember your favorite toy? What was it? Do you still have it in your house? If not, what happened to it?
  3. Did you go to kindergarten? Did you like it? Do you have any friends since that time?
  4. Did you like to watch films/cartoons? What was your favorite film/cartoon? Do you watch it as a grown-up? Do you like modern movies for children?

Personality

Questions for discussion:

  1. What shapes our personality: our genes or the environment where we grow up? Justify your opinion, give the examples.
  2. Does our nationality determine the way we think and act? In what way?
  3. Do you believe in horoscopes? Can our date of birth influence our character? Comment on your horoscope. How much close is it to the reality?
  4. Does changing our appearance (hairstyle, clothes, etc) change our personality as well?

Future

Questions for discussion:

  1. How can you define ‘future’?
  2. Is your understanding of ‘future’ changing through time? How?
  3. Do you prefer arranging things beforehand or going with the stream?
  4. Could you imagine what our life will be in 10, 20, 50 and 100 years’ time? (Think of yourself personally, your children, our country, the world)?

The most ever

Think of:

  1. the best place you’ve ever been to;
  2. the happiest day you’ve ever had;
  3. the strongest emotion (either good or bad) you’ve ever felt;
  4. the most interesting person you’ve ever met;
  5. the most delicious food you’ve ever tried;
  6. the most useful thing you’ve ever possessed;
  7. the least useful thing you’ve ever bought.

Romance

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is romance? How much is it important in your life? Why?
  2. Do men and women understand romance in different ways? What are they?
  3. Do women require romance more than men? Why?
  4. Does romance always disappear in long relations? Why?
  5. Are there any possible ways of keeping romance in relations? What are they?
  6. Could you describe the most romantic situation either real or imaginary?

Telling Lies

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people tell lies? Is there any excuse for doing it?
  2. What’s your attitude to white lies? Do they do any good?
  3. Have you ever told a white lie? What was it?
  4. Have you ever told a lie about any of the following?
  5. - Your qualifications in a job application
    - To your parents about something important
    - Your age
    - When someone asked to borrow money from you
    - When you were late for school or work
    - When giving someone your phone number

  6. Can you tell when someone is lying?

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people see movies? What are you reasons?
  2. Where do you prefer to see movies? Does your choice depend on a type of a film?
  3. What is your favourite genre? Why?
  4. Who’s your favourite actor(ess)?Why?
  5. Who’s your favourite character(s)? Why? Who played it(them)?
  6. What’s your attitude to TV series? Do you watch any? Why? Why not?
  7. What’s your attitude to old movies as to compare to modern ones?

Pros and Cons

Think of advantages and disadvantages of:
-being a child/teenager
-being an adult
-being retired
-being a hard worker
-being a lazy person
-being a boss
-being an employee
-being a celebrity
-being a millionaire
-being poor
-being religious
-being an atheist
-being a human being
-being an animal
-being a man
-being a woman
-living in the 21st century
-living any other time (the one you choose)

Freedom

Questions for discussion:

  1. What does it mean to be free? What guarantees/limits our freedom?
  2. Is it possible to be absolutely free? Is it good?
  3. Does money make people free? Why? Why not?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a family?
  6. Could there be any freedom in relationship? What kind of freedom can you guarantee to your partner? What kind of freedom would you like to be given?

The problem of choice

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you understand by the problem of choice? Does this problem really exist? How much does it influence people’s life?
  2. Is/was it easy for you to choose (friends, partners, a place to study, a career, a place to have rest, things to buy, etc)? Do/did you make the choice by yourself or does/did anybody/ anything influence your choice? Which cases are/were the easiest? Which cases are/were the most difficult?
  3. What do you do to make the right choice? Are there any special techniques?

Round the World

Questions for discussion:

  1. What types of traveling do you know? Which of them have you tried?
  2. Why do people travel? What are your reasons?
  3. How do you choose a place to go to? Do you get prepared for a trip (read guidebooks, find the information in the internet, talk to people who have been there, etc.)?
  4. What is the best/worst place you’ve ever visited? Why?
  5. Did all your expectations about visiting this or that place come true?
  6. What about stereotypes? Did they prove to be correct? Give the examples

Emotions

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do we need emotions? Do we need negative emotions as well as positive?
  2. Should people show their emotions? Are there any situations when you can’t or shouldn’t do that? Why?
  3. What are the strongest emotions? Why? How do they affect our behavior?
  4. Can negative emotions do you any good? In what way?
  5. Can positive emotions do you any harm? In what way?
  6. How does lack of emotions affect people’s lives? What do people do to get them?

The ideal world

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s the ideal place of living? Where do/would you prefer to live in a house or in a flat; in town or in the country; in this country or in another one, if another which one? Why?
  2. What’s the ideal job? What are the ideal working conditions? What qualities should the ideal boss/employee possess?
  3. What’s the ideal way of having rest (after work, at the weekend, on holiday)?
  4. What’s the ideal way of travelling (think of transport, place, season, type of a tour, etc.)?

Making a Commitment

Questions for discussion

  1. What is love? What’s the difference between loving and being in love, if there is any?
  2. Does love at first sight really exist?
  3. What are the criteria of choosing a partner? How much does appearance influence on our choice?
  4. Is it possible to find a partner in the internet? Why? Why not?
  5. Is it possible to find a partner in a dating agency? Why? Why not?
  6. Is it possible for people of different background (social, religious, etc) to make a strong commitment?

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is a friend? How can you distinguish between a friend and an acquaintance?
  2. What are possible ways of making friends? Which of them have you tried?
  3. Do people have the same friends during all their lives or do they change them? If they change, why?
  4. Does a proverb “A man is known by the company he keeps” really work?
  5. Is it possible to have friends at work or you shouldn’t mix business and private life?
  6. Is it possible for men and women to be friends? If not, why?

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