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TOPIC 11: MONEY

Possible Questions:

  • How important is money in today’s society?
  • Which is the safest way of paying for something? How far do you agree that people who regularly pay for things online risk becoming the victims of fraud or identity theft?
  • In the future, traditional forms of money, coins banknotes and even cheques will completely disappear within the next few years and be entirely replaced by credit cards and other mechanical or digital methods of paying. What’s your opinion?

money

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Possible Answer:

In today’s consumer society, money plays a vital role. We all are dominated by spending money and buying material possessions. As a matter of fact, having money can show your status in our society: having a good car, wealthy possessions, living in a upper-class neighbourhood and so on…. can be the representative of the real happiness. On the other hand, we are highly likely to have endless mortgages, high invoices, others instalments… besides, the standard of living has risen a lot over the last years, and we can see how families can’t make end meet due to their mortgage and the cost of living in general. It’s for that money is very important for us.

Since a long time ago, due to new technologies and the use of the internet, we can buy and pay by the internet. It’s a easy and comfortable way of payment, and it is becoming more and more popular, but it can carry fraud and cheating. With a credit card’s number, you can purchase absolutely everything on the net. And, it is very easy to have a identity theft and be cheated. Nowadays, there are a lot of research and studies to avoid this way of fraud, but internet is not the safest way of payment. In a press of a bottom, you can pay any amount of money. You can be aware of this problem, and be very self-conscious with your shopping on the web. In my opinion, I think that the safest way of paying for something is face to face, but nowadays we all are dominated by the internet, because is very easy to achieve goods and services on the net, by the way the Computer crime has to be pursued and tried by the authorities.

In the near future, Coins and paper money are likely to disappear and be replaced by digital methods: through mobile phones, advanced credit cards and so on…. It may occur but as far as I am concerned, I think that that moment may happen in a long term. Nowadays, there are a lot of people, specially elderly people, who don’t know pay by the internet and credit cards… but Banking in general work in this way, by the way Digital methods of paying and paper money’s disappearance will take place in a not too far future.

(This answer takes about 5 minutes. Money is a topic very important. It is likely to answer you about this. There are a lot of questions about this topic, but speaking about ways of paying and the role of the internet in this are the most populars in any exam).

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TOPIC 10: ADVERTISING WORLD

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS:

  • Arguments for and against advertising
  • Censorship
  • What makes you buy something.
  • What particular advertisements you can remember vividly and why

VOCABULARY AND BRAINSTORMING:

Advertising

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POSSIBLE ANSWER:

Nowadays, we all are surrounded by advertising. It is a way of showing people your products or services and make them are bought and used. It is an unavoidable part of everyone’s life. Nobody can scape of it. You cannot avoid it. Advertising world has been changing in a great way, specially with the developing of the Mass Media and Internet. We are been boomed with a lot of information. Most of it, it’s prepared to make us to buy goods.

Advertisements are run by Advertising agencies. They make wonderful campaign strategies in order to create a powerful brand building. Most of the products have to be promoted by publicity campaigns in order to be known by people and consequently to be bought.

There are a lot of types of advertisements. Some of them are playing with our minds. In a way that, there are passing us information that we don’t realize. Not always it works but in many cases, it does. Ads. Agencies are paid by sponsor companies in order to make that certain type of products are known by people. There is a great variety of ads.: some of them are very attractive, funny with nice music…. on the other hand, other ads. want you to think about their messages. These advs. make us to feel impacted and most of them remain in our minds. It is a main outline of advertising campaigns. But, the general propose is make you buy something. Not necessarily, it is a necessity for you, but with the advs., they create our new and false necessities.

During the last years, Internet has changed in a successful platform for publicity. It is cheaper, and reaches a bigger amount of people at any time. New technologies have been a revolution in the way of advertising world. It is the most important source of income for the Media. So that, it is so important to them.

In my opinion, we have to learn to distinguish what we need and we not need in order not to be affected by this advertising campaign, because this campaign’s destiny is for people who have not very clear ideas. People have to be aware what advertisement wants and think themselves what they need. On the other hand, Although, it helps to create a consumer society, advertising world move a lot of money and create a lot of employments.

TOPIC 9: CRIME

Possible questions:

  • What do you think are the main causes of crime in your country?
  • Do you have any other suggestions for reducing crime in your local area?
  • Do you think the police should carry guns?
  • Do you think the death penalty is a valid form of punishment?

TOPIC 9 CRIME

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Possible Answer:

Nowadays, Crime is a everyday’s problem for citizens, and causes insecurity and sorrows. There are a lot of kinds of crime, such as: kidnapping, murders, smuggling, forgers, arson, carjacking and so on…… In my country, due to the bad economical situation which we live at the moment, shoplifting, burglaries and drug dealing are being increased more and more than ever before. It’s thought to be caused by unemployment, poverty, social exclusion problems….. which are suffering our society. On the other hand, murders are not common in my country, but, one of the main causes of murder in Spain is Domestic Violence. Some men develop criminal tendencies because of numerous frustrations, and they accuse their wives or companions of their problems. they can become “real monsters”.

As individual we all can try to help other people not to be robbed or assaulted. It’s advisable that if you see someone who are being assaulted, don’t interphere, simply call the police. You could be injured, you try to help and keep the calm as far as possible. Besides, other measure could be that there would be more police in our streets, in order to keep an eye on us.

Crime represents a threat to the welfare society and it must be abolished. But, criminals cannot be reformed until they  are apprehended and brought to Justice. Phicologists and specialists are responsible for the welfare of criminal and carry them to live a good life in the future. Only those who commit the most serious  crimes are punished severely. On the other hand, they have to fulfill their sentences and pay for all the guilt completely. Criminals must stay all the time they have to pay for their actions in Jail, it means that they cannot come out earlier.

Community Service is the best punishment for young people who commit a minor offence. It is aimed to persuade teenagers not to reoffend. Criminal youngsters are punished with suitable punishments, like cleaning the streets, take care eldery people, paint white street walls and so on…. So that, they have a enriching experience and they can realize there can be helpful for the Society.

As for the Death penalty, I personally believe that under any circunstances, it has to accepted in any case. It is an eyesore, which has to be abolished. Criminals have to pay for their actions in prison. Nowadays, it’s a controversial topic, but in a civilised country it cannot be take into account.

TOPIC 8: THE MASS MEDIA

Possible questions in the speaking about the topic the Mass Media:

  • Changes in the Mass Media during the last years.
  • Journalist’s role in the digital era.
  • Yellow press:  Do you think that pay much attention in celebrities? Do you agree o disagree?
  • Give your opinion about these statements.

Brainstorming and Mind Map:

The mass media

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Posible Answer:

The Mass Media involve Television, Radio, Press and of course, Internet, and besides,  all way of communication.  The Mass media can control the opinion public’s interests, and so that it has a vital importance nowadays. On the other hand,  Society never has had a great variety of information than ever before. Due to the use of new technology and specially the internet, we get the free information at the press of a bottom.

So, the role of the journalist and specially  serious press have a great revelance. It is very important that  journalists check their information carefully, and should have the obligation to inform their readers of the facts accurately. On the other hand, it’s very common that journalists concentrate their efforts on famous people, because it can appeal more readers, and therefore more publicity on their media platforms.

During the last years, Yellow press had become very popular and had attracted a lot of readers.  It is a kind of journalism which focuses on sensationalism and a way of exaggerating  news. Generally speaking, it involves famous people’s life, celebrities’s scandals, gossiping, Violent crimes, Royal family  and so on… It is covered by tabloids, magazines, websites… Nowadays, it is becoming more and more popular and successful, and appeal readers’s attention with eye-catching headlines, impressive pictures and so on….. In my opinion, in some cases, the governments are interested in this Yellow press, because people’s minds are occupatied in these banal cases and not the nation’s real problems. It can be very worrying, because this way people have not opportunity to think or to give their opinions,  discuss the problems…..

As far as I am concerned, public opinion can be influenced by the Mass Media, and it’s a terrible situation, because this trends to make people stupid. People have to be aware that they have to read realible news and serious press, in order to be very well informed. So that, the society would create a good knowledge of their society’s problems and realize of the real situation that surround us.

TOPIC 7: FRIENDSHIP AND DATING

TOPIC 7: FRIENDSHIP AND DATING

Ideas and Brainstorming (Your mind can not go blank)

friendship and dating (2)

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POSSIBLE QUESTIONS YOU CAN HOPE IN YOUR SPEAKING ABOUT THIS TOPIC:

  • How have the ways of staying in touch with people and dating changed during the last years?
  • Which way of staying in touch with your friends do you prefer?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of each of these options?

ANSWER

Nowadays, the way of meeting people has changed a lot. With the impact of social networks,  online methods to meet new people have increased and got much more fashionable than other traditional ways as meeting people in a bar or at work. Having a social life is very important in people’s lives because it can make you be happier.

Either friendship or between partners, we are generally attracted to people who are similar to us, fairly similar in education, intelligence and what we think matters in life. Besides, Couples usually share religious and beliefs and are about the same age. Sometimes, starting to make friends and as a result the couple’s relationship gets stronger. So that, you can feel attracted to each other, and begin to go out.

Today, the internet is one of the most popular ways for people to get dates. Social networks are a helpful tool to meet new people. There are a lot of relationships that have started online. It is a easy way, because you can speak with unknown people at home, you can express your feelings more easily online and get to know each other more quickly. On the other hand, you can lie more easily, and you can read people’s misleading profiles in a dating site. You should be aware of having reasonable expectations when you chat to speak though social networks.

On the other hand, there are a wide range of posibilities of meet people, for example, in blind dates, speed dates….. Finding a partner has always been complicated proceess. In recent years speed dating has become popular all around the world. It means that a single person have exactly 3 minutes to decide if the person they are talking to, could be your perfect people. Everything involves in a quick conversation. Internet is a good option for people that can’t have a social life. The traditional offline methods are much more effective because you talk to other person face to face, and it is much more trustful.

The most important thing in a relationship is Trust and you  can be available in awful situations. Keeping in touch with your friends is very necessary, even when your friend live far away from you. You should be supportive when your friends feel upset or get down. So that, it’s very likely to have a lot of friends.

Having a good social life is very necessary in our life. If you tend o be self-sufficient and not need many friends, you can end up alone and that is not a good option for your life.

(Nota: El topic en general es muy extenso, no están abarcados todos los puntos en la redacción del speaking. Por eso, en el brainstorming (glogs/imagen) hay más ideas no tratadas en la respuesta, que se nombran con el fin de dar más ideas y no quedarse en blanco)