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A is _______, (but one) which can have serious impacts on the people concerned / the
individuals and on the society as a whole.
There are two / three main causes and two / three broad effects, which we will discuss
Causes = factors
Perhaps, the main cause is ______, for instance _____.
Another factor is ______
Effects = impacts
Turning to the possible effects, B is probably the most grave impact.
Another effect may be _____.
Finally, _____is probably the third major impact.
To sum up, A and B seem to be the main causes, while the effects can be seen in C
and D.


A is _______, but one which can have serious impacts on the people concerned / the
individuals and on the society as a whole.
There are two / three main problems and two / three straightforward solutions, which we
will discuss here.
Perhaps, the worst problem steming from this is ______.
Another problem may be _____. For example, ____
Finally, there is a problem of _____

Turning to the possible solutions, an obvious step would be to ____.
A second remedy might be ______. If there were ___, it would.
Finally, _____
To sum up, the issue of A and B seem to be the main problems. A coordinated
response by the state, institutions / corporations and individuals may well lessen the
severity of the situation.

Các cấu trúc câu cần luyện tập:

This can be seen in the way that _____, meaning / suggesting that _____
This can be seen in _____
We can see that ______
Although ______, if we took ____, we could / would ____
The ever-rising use of A and B (for this purpose) leads to / results in ___, which can
This can be especially damaging for, whose ____
These range from ----


Many people think that _______________while others believe that _______.

Although I am more in favour of the latter opinion, this essay will discuss both views.

On the one hand, those who support the idea / belief of ____ cite several reasons /
various benefits ____. They point to evidence from ____
Another argument is that _____.
Finally, proponents of ____ claim that

By contrast, opponents of _____. To begin with, ___

Moreover / In addition, critics of _____ highlight.
As a last point, it also true that many ____

To sum up, I believe / it appears to me that ____


Admittedly , ____. Despite this / However, ____

To sum up ____


The Education and schooling topic includes teaching methods and resources,
approaches to exams and testing, school management, pupil motivation, behaviour and
discipline, school sport,extra-curricular activities, higher/further education and course

“ The Internet will never replace traditional course books in schools”. How far do you
agree with this prediction?
There is a huge range of resources available to the modern teacher, and the right
selection is crucial in delivering effective lessons. I agree that there will always be a
place for course books in the school curriculum, despite the many benefits of the
The Internet is increasingly incoporated into shools and classes, and becoming a
significant source. However, I believe that there will always be a place for couse books
in the school curriculum, despite the many benefits of the Internet.
Firstly, course books (whether concentional or digital) have been developed by
pedagogical experts and designed to be incorporated into a subject syllabus, leading to
testing procedures such as formal examinations or continuous assessment. This means
that they are proven to improve students’ academic achievement, enhancing their
potential for progression to further or higher education. Furthermore, the use of modern
course books allows pupils to coordinate their studies as part of group work, hopefully
making their lessons less teacher-led and more about autonomous learning. This itself
teaches study skills such as independent research and synthesising sources, rather
than old-fashioned rote-learning. This is where the Internet, in fact, can play a useful
part: to supplement and add to knowledge which the students are assimilating via their
couse books. However, it is the roles of teachers and school management generally to
ensure that use of the Internet remains a guided learning process, and not an exercise
in date-gathering from Internet sources which may be unrealiable or even misleading.
It is true that the Internet can be invaluable for adults (for examoles in distance learning
or self-study modules) who are able to discriminate between sources and sift
information to marshal their facts. However, this is a mature skill and we should not
assume that shool age pupils are ready to do this.
To sum up, it appears to me that course books, with their quality and depth of material,
are set to remain an intergral part of the syllabus. The internet can be judges as a useful
supplement to this and should be use under supervision.

curriculum / school curriculum: chương trình giảng dạy

pedagogical experts: chuyên gia về giáo dục và giảng dạy
Firstly, course books have been developed by pedogogical experts and designed to be
incorporated into a subject syllabus, leading to testing procedures, ranging from formal
examinations or continuous assessment.
syllabus: chương trình học (subject syllabus)
The syllabus for geography at my school included volcanoes, earthquakes and tidal
waves, which are quite fascinating.
formal examinations / continuous assessment.
The students’ grades are based 50/50 on formal examinations and continous
assessment, which seem to be fair to all the children.
academic achievement / performance / progress / development
further education / higher education
group work / team work
Personally, I think that group work enables lazy children to do less work than the eager
teacher-led lessons: các bài học mà giáo viên đưa ra bài giảng và học sinh ghi note
autonomous learning: student learns through independent study and research
At universiy, students are expected to be an autonomous learner far more than at High
School, which helps them improve / sharpen / strengthen their study skills.
to synthesise sources: tổng hợp các nguồn
Many students use the Internet to synthesise their sources, which must be under
supervision as these information unrealiable and misleading,
rote-learning = learn by heart
Rote-learning used to be regarded as a negative approach, but it can be beneficial in
some cases.
to supplement = add to
The use of the Internet for information can add to the diversity of your research
to assimilate knowledge = to absorb and understand
The use of practical examples can help students assimilate knowledge more easily.
guided learning = learning under the supervision of a teacher
given their age, the students should have guilded learning as they could easily lose

distance learning = learning by the Internet or email, rather than face-to-face
self-study = studying using a course without a teacher’s involvement / guide
There are many self-study guides to improving academic performance
discriminate between sources: to decide whether one source is better or more reliable
than another source
It is difficult for children to gather data on the Internet as the fact that they can not
discriminate between sources of information they encounter / find and sift information.

to sift information = to remove unwanted and less useful information

to marshal facts / arguments / thoughts = to organise facts in support of an idea.
an intergral part of the syllabus = curriculum = essential / central / indispensable
to work / study under supervision = under the direction of a responsible person

“For al children, the ability to play a musical instrument is just as important as the ability
to read and write”. How far do you agree with this suggestion? How important is it for a
child to learn to play a musical instrument, in your view?
The question of which skills to prioritise for a child’s early education is important for all
parents and educators, and music can certainly claim to be a key possibility when
deciding which abilities to teach. However, I feel that playing music is actually less
important than basic literacy, and I will explain the reasons here.
Firstly, it seem simplistic to say that music is paramount for all children. Certainly, there
are some children who are highly talented or have great interest in music, and when we
think of child prodigies such as Beethoven or yeudi Menuhin we see how this talent can
be brought up. However, such talents are rare, and even the enjoyment and cultural
values to be gained from learning music cannot genuinely be compared to the benefits
of becoming literate. Secondly, it is a fact that literacy is a guarantee of academic
progress and the absorption of information, while playing musi does not offer this
security. For example, it would be unimaginable to transmit scientific or mathematical
information to children via the medium of music. Finally, it is surely wisie to regard
music as one of a wide rage of seondary skills, ranking below literacy and sitting
alongside sports, hobbies, foreign languages and other important but less essential
Admittedly, those who say that highly talented children must be allowed to develop their
talents are correct. However, few children seem to possess music ability to the extent
that it should be prioritised so highly for all pupils.
To sum up, I would not wish to underestimate the potential benefits of learning to play
music for a minority of children, and it should certainly be available as an option.
However, if we think of all children in a given community, literacy appears to be a far
stronger pathway to progress and indepence.
which skills to prioritise
a child’s early education
basic literacy
the benefits of becoming literate
highly talented / have great interest in
child prodigies = talented children
enjoyment and cultural values
a guarantee / security of academic progress = achievement = development
the absorption of information = the assimilation of
transmit scientific or mathematical information
secondary skills
rank below literacy
other important but less essential activities
possess= own musical ability
a far stronger pathway to progress and independence

Some people believe that sport is an essential part of school life for children , while
others feel it should be purely optional. Discuss these opposing views and give your
own opinion.

Sport continues to be a controversial topic in the school curriculum, just as sport itself
has become a controverisal industry in some respects. There are valid opinions on both
sides, which I will consider now.
On the one hand, some people feel that sport uses up time which could be better spent
on academic subjects such as examination preparation. In addition, it might be said that
it is unwise to force children to do activities which they have no talents in, ov even
interest in. After all, some youngsters are just not sporty, and shoould be allowed to
make their selection. Finally, there are question marks over the wholesomeness of sport
itself, with drugging and corruption scandals increasingly common, as we see in cycling
at present. Some people believe that this lack of morals sets a poor example to young
By contrast, those who supports sports cite the major benefit of sport in helping
children’s physical development at an imporatant, early stage. If all their time was spent
on studying, they would become unfit and their minds would eventually suffer.
Furthermore, proponents of shool sport also emphasize the useful skills children can
learn from playing sports, ranging from team work to problem solving, which is often felt
to be an excellent preparation for adulthood. Finally, many people feel that a
competitive spirit, so important today, is fostered by sports at an early age. It is notable,
for example, that many successful business people excelled in sports at school.
Overal, I feel that sport should be compulsory for school children, given the positive
effects on their mental and physical development. This is as long as children are given a
wide range to choose from, and that sports industry itself maintains the highest
standards of conduct.
use up / take up time
academic subjects / exam preparation
have no interest in / talents for
youngsters = young people = children
there are question marks over
the wholesomeness of sport
drugging / corruption scandal
this lack of moral
set a poor example to young people
children’s development
an excellent preparation for adulthood
competitive spirit fostered by sports
at an early age / stage
excel in
mental and physical development
maintain the highest standards of conduct.


The children and families topic includes child psychology and development, ways of
bringing up children, family discipline, child care, preschool learning, parental roles,
family structures and roles ( for example nuclear or extended families), adolescence
[ˌædəˈlesns], teenagers and elderly family members.

Some people believe that children should spend all of their free time with their families.
Others believe that this is unnecessary or even negative. Discuss the possible
arguments on both sides, and say which side you personally support.

Nobody can deny that parental influence is important for children, at least in cases
where children live with their parents, forster parents or guardians. However, it is by no
means clear that children should spend time exclusively in the family, as we will see
On the one hand, it may appear advisable for parents to act as role models and to
establish ground rules for behaviour by spending as much time as possible with their
children. This allows youngsters to absorb conventions and codes of conduct which
they can then follow themselves, hopefully leading to an absence of problems such as
bullying, truancy and delinquency later on. Furthermore, being with the family should
reduce the risk of children falling victim to crimes such as abduction, or coming under
the influence of negative peer pressure.
On the other hand, we have to ask whether this is a practical proposition. In a society
where many families are dual-income, or where one parent’s role as breadwinner
means he/she is away from the family for long periods, it is inevitable that children
cannot spend all of their time with the family. Child-minding and after-school childcare
are often used in these cases, and if managed properly, these can be perfectly viable
alternatives. Equally, it seems that children can in some cases learn a considerable
amount from their peers in addition to adults, and allowing them to play without direct
supervision may be a benefit.
To sum up, it appears that, while famliy time is essential for bonding and absorbing
patterns of behaviour, there are definite advantages when children are outside the
family too. This is provided that they are in a safe, well-behaved environment with peers
who are themselves reasonably well brought up.
foster parents: bố mẹ nuôi
guardians: người bảo hộ
set a role model for / set a poor example to
ground rules = basic rules
conventions = traditions or social norms that most people follow
codes of condut.
bullying: attack and intimidate other children
truancy / play truant from school
delinquency / criminal behaviour / antisocial behaviour / minor crime / petty crime
an increase in juvenile delinquency [dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi]
Delinquency is a huge problem in urban areas, especially when policing / police patrol is
abduction: the crime of of taking or kidnapping people for criminal reason
Child abduction, for example, is a great concern for many parents, especially in South
dual-income: a family where both father and mother work.
In many countries, the dual-income family is the norm nowadays.
breadwinner: trụ cột gia định
In some families, the father is still the only breadwinner
child-minding = trông nom trẻ / caring informally ( not in schools) for children when
parents are busy or working
after-school childcare
viable – potential – possible – practical

In many countries, truancy is a worrying problem for both parents and

educations. What are the causes of truancy, an what may be the effects on the
child and wider community?
Truancy is an activity which some children regard as amusing and even exciting, but
which can have serious impacts on their future and on society as a whole. I can identify
two main causes and three broad effects, which we will describe now.
Perhaps the main cause is a sense of boredom or frustration with school itself, for
instance with the content, pace or organisation of the lessions. This can be seen in the
way that pupils often skip / avoid certain / particular lessons but not others, suggesting
that specific subjects or teachers are the personal grievance. Another factor may
frequently be peer pressure, meaning that pupils feel obliged to play truant because
some of their peers or friends are doing this. We can see that the child’s desire to be
popular among a peer group may be higher than the motivation to study and progress.
Turning to the possible effects, the tendency to underperform academically (academic
underperformance) is probably the most serious / depressing impact on a pupil’s life,
leading to poor exam results and weak career progression in later life / later on. Another
effect many be the temptation to participate in petty crime or antisocial behaviour while
the child is unsupervised, potentially openning a pathway into more serious crimes later
on. For example, a childe who commits vandalism may progress to theft and robbery, a
trend we seen in some major South America citis such as Rio or Buenos Aires. This
issue of crime is probably the third major effect, and one that impacts on the community
as a whole. For instance, children playing truant may cause damage, drop litter,
intimidate elderly people and commit other acts which spread a sense of instability and
anxiety, even though the financial effect is low.
To sum up, the causes of truancy generally relate to lack of challenge or peer
pressures, while the effects are seen in individual under-achievement or in minor crime
agaist the entire community.
a sense of boredom or frustration
the content, pace or organisation of the lessons
Many students have a sense of boredom or frustration with the content, pace or
organisation of the lessons at school.
peer pressure: áp lực từ bạn bè đồng trang lứa
the child’s desire to be popular among a peer group
the motivation to study and progress
underperfom = underachieve (academically)
poor exam results / weak career progression
temptation to V:
petty crime = minor crime
antisocial behaviour
open a pathway into more serious crimes
commit vandalism = cause damage / progress to theft / robbery/ drop litter
intimitate = worry others
a sense of instability and anxiety

Some people believe that all children should have a pet or animal to look after. Other
people disagree, however, saying that this depens on a child’s circumstances. Consider
these opposing views, and give your own opinion.

It is often said that children benefit from caring for domestic animals, especially in
today’s techonology focussed world. However, the issue is not entirely straightforward
(simple), and arguments can also be made against the idea. The essay will discuss the
date, and give a concluding view.
On the one hand, those support the ownership of pets cite the various benefits that the
activity can bring to a child. These range from understanding nutrition, to learning about
biology and daily routines. For example, food selection and excercise activities for pets
contribute to this trand of development, which adds greatly to a child’s all-round
education. Another agurment is / In addition, they also emphasize the emotional support
that children receive from pets, meaning that the child feels more secure and thus more
By contrast, opponents of this view point out that not all children live in a situation where
raising pet / pet keeping is advisable, or even possible. Examples can be seen in less
affluent / developed countries, where the expense of maintaining a pet may be
prohibitive / prohibitively expensive. In addition, many children live in unstable family
environments, due to such issues as unemployment or political turbulence. For these
families, pets would probably suffer neglect, meaning that it would be unfair to keep
them, or possibly even dangerous. Finally, it must be said that not all young people
actually want to keep a pet, as there interests lie elsewhere For these youngsters,
animal ownership should not be encouraged.
To sum up, it seems advisable that the decision to keep a pet should be based on a
child’s interest, ability and family circumstances, rather than on a general view that ‘all
children’ should have animals. It would appear that this serves the interests of both the
children and the pets involved.
today’s technology focussed world
entirely straightforward / simple
understanding nutrition / learning about biology
contribute to this strand of development
add greatly to a child’s all-round education
emotional support
secure ~ safe / confident
advisable / encouraged / wise / judicious / sensible / appropriate / prober / suitable /
affluent country ~ rich ~ weathy ~ prosperous / well-developed >< poor / impoverished /
less developed
unstable family environment
unemployment / political turbulence


The nature, the envinronment and energy topic includes fossible fuels and renewable
fuels, climate change, threats to the environment (deforestation, pollution...) and their
effects, the biosphere, and animal life / human attitudes to animals.
No use: terrible, shocking, disgusting, wonderful, fantastic, brilliant
Can use: regrettable, worrying, inadvisable or admirable, helpful, invaluable
Polluion of rivers, lakes, and seas is a major concern for people who seek to protect the
environment. What are the possible causes of water pollution, and what effects does
this have on animal life and human society?
Water contamination is a serious form of pollution, and one which can be challenging to
rectify. There seem to be two main causes involved and a variety of damaging effects
on people and the biosphere, which we will discuss here.
Probaby / Perhaps the main factor is the issue of emissions from cars, factories and
other human activities. These emissions contant damaging pollutant particles which can
contaminate / pollute rainwater run-off and thus enter the water cycle, by transferring
through the water table into aquifers, streams and rivers. Filtration and processing are
not really viable options for such large volumes of water, and so the water table remains
tainted with these elemnts over long periods, as we see in Eastern Europe today. In
situations where soil erosion and logging have already damaged the local environment,
the accumulation can be very serious. The other major cause is accidental or deliberate
dumping of waste products in places outside of controlled landfills or waste processing /
disposing centers. Even small amounts of abandoned waste can enter water supplies
through the ground, often undetected.
Turning to the possible impacts, the effects on animal life can be severe, especially for
species which are already endangered by such threats as poaching, habitat loss and
food chain disruption. Polluted / tainted water can lead to dwindling numbers or even
potential extinction, as my indeed happen to the Asian tiger populations. The impact on
human society can also be distressing, including the poisoning of drinking water, famine
or drought due to lake of safe irrigation, and long-term loss of land as see, for example,
after the Bhopal poisoning catastrophe in India. Such effects tend to have an especially
grave impact on the very poorest in society, with the least resources to counter / fight /
combat the environmental effects.
To sum up, we see that emissions and dumping are the main origins / causes / roots /
factors of the problem, and that the effects on both humans and animals are
exacerbated by the existing environmental, criminal or social problems.

contamination = pollution by poisons or dangerous / poisonous / hazardous elements

The atmosphere in large cities / metropolises / urban areas is often contaminated by
smog, as we can see in China.
The biosphere: sinh quyển
The our understanding of the biosphere plays an important role in preserving the natural
Children should be educated on the biosphere through field tríp and practical
emissions = release = discharge
cutting greenhouse gas emissions / automobile ~ vehicle emissions
pollutant particles / compounds = microscopic elements of pollution
run-off: water that rún from the ground into rivers and lakes: nước ngầm
Agricultureal run-off containing pesticides is polluting the river.
The water cycle = the natural process of water moving from clounds to rain and seas
Scientists believe that the water cycle is responsible for various natural events,
especially in coastal areas.
aquifers = underground, natural water stores: tầng nước ngầm = water table
filtration = the process of filtering and removing impurities
impurity: tạp chất = contaminant = pollutant
tainted = polluted = contaminated
soil erosion / logging
Deforestation has increased soil erosion seriously in Brazil.
Spreading logging has caused the losses of natural habitats, endangering many species
throughout the world.
dumping = leaving waste deliberately without storing or treating it /
rubbish, waste, rubbish, litter, debris
littering: vứt rác bừa bãi
landfills: bãi rác
Surprisingly, Britain still sends most of its domestic waste to landfill sites
waste processing ~ waste disposal ~ recycling / reducing waste
poaching = illegally hunting and killing animals.
Elephant poaching should be a much higher priority for the world authorities, as
elephants are an endangered species.
habitat loss = distruction or disappearance of an animal’s natural home
Logging has caused substantial / significant habitat loss for wildlife in many countries.
food chain desruption
The food chain has been disrupted by the loss of certain species, with widespread
impacts on all animals.
dwindling numbers: số lượng teo lại
States seem to have dwindling funds to pay for animal sanctuaries, although they are
still able to pay for government officials and their perks.
extinction: sự diệt vong,
famine: nạn đói / drought /
irrigation: tưới tiêu
If we want quick solutions to famine, better irrigation and farming methods would
probably be a obvious step / the first step.
catastrophe [kəˈtæstrəfi]: thảm họa = disaster
The continuing destruction of the rain forests is a catastrophe for the global biosphere
exacerbate: làm cho tệ hơn
Famine in Africa has been exacerbated by civil war and political instability.
The environment
Environmental damage
cause/contribute to climate change/global warming
produce pollution/CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions
damage/destroy the environment/a marine ecosystem/the ozone layer/coral reefs
degrade ecosystems/habitats/the environment
harm the environment/wildlife/marine life
threaten natural habitats/coastal ecosystems/a species with extinction
deplete natural resources/the ozone layer
pollute rivers and lakes/waterways/the air/the atmosphere/the environment/oceans
contaminate groundwater/the soil/food/crops
log forests/rainforests/trees
Protecting the environment
address/combat/tackle the threat/effects/impact of climate change
fight/take action on/reduce/stop global warming
limit/curb/control air/water/atmospheric/environmental pollution
cut/reduce pollution/greenhouse gas emissions
offset carbon/CO2 emissions
reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint
achieve/promote sustainable development
preserve/conserve biodiversity/natural resources
protect endangered species/a coastal ecosystem
prevent/stop soil erosion/overfishing/massive deforestation/damage to ecosystems
raise awareness of environmental issues
save the planet/the rainforests/an endangered species
Energy and resources
conserve/save/consume/waste energy
manage/exploit/be rich in natural resources
dump/dispose of hazardous/toxic/nuclear waste
dispose of/throw away litter/(especially BrE) rubbish/(especially NAmE)
garbage/(NAmE) trash/sewage
use/be made from recycled/recyclable/biodegradable material
recycle bottles/packaging/paper/plastic/waste
promote/encourage recycling/sustainable development/the use of renewable energy
develop/invest in/promote renewable energy
reduce your dependence/reliance on fossil fuels
get/obtain/generate/produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/renewable
build/develop a (50-megawatt/offshore) wind farm
install/be fitted with/be powered by solar panels

Some people support the idea of imposing taxes on fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas)
in order to reduce energy consumption. Others disagree with this approach.
Consider the debate and its argument, and come to your own conclusion.
Most people agree that the use of fossil fuels should be reduced to some extent.
However, imposing taxes is a controversial tactic which appears to have a number of
contradictory effects. We will consider both sides of the discussion in this essay.
On the one hand, those who support taxation of fossil fuels promote the idea that higher
prices will lead to lower consumption and thus lower emissions. They point to evidence
from countries such as Sweden where this appears to be the case, and urge other
nations to follow suits. Furthermore, proponents of fuel taxes claim that the funds raised
from taxes can then be used to subsidise renewable energy projects such as solar or
localised biofule reactors. To the supporters of the idea, these benefits are convincing.
By contrast, opponent of fuel tax are able to cite evidence from other countries
(including France and Italy) where higher tax has apparently not reduced demand fo
such fuels. In these cases, the effect has been to force people to pay more for the same
volumn of energy, which appears to penalise those who can least afford it. Moreover,
critics of fuel tax also highlight the difficulty in governments promising renewable
schemes without interfering in the entire energy market If the state was to control the
entire market for fuels, they say, this would force suppliers to leave the market, thus
reducing competition and efficiency. This argument also appears to be quite powerful.
To sum up, I would tend to side with the opponents of fuel taxation. It seems to be
unreasonable to force vulnerable consumers to pay more for a commodity which is
essential to them, without a real infrustructure for renewable energy being in place. It
would be more logical to improve availability of renewables first, which would allow
consumers to make a genuine choice.
taxation of fossil fuels = fuel tax
lower consumption and thus lower emissions
urge other nations to follow the suit
subsidise renewable energy projects / renewables
solar / wind / tidal / localised biofuel reactors
reduce demand for
promising renewable scheme
without interfering in the entire energy market
reduce competition and efficiency
a commodity / product / goods
a real infrustructure for renewable energy being in place
improve availability of renewables.
make a genuine choide

Many countries today are experiencing problems associated with noise pollution
(excessive noise above normal background noise). What are the causes of this
phenomenon and what effects does it have on the people affected.

Noise pollution is a less-discussed form of pollution, but one which can have depressing
/ serious / grave / distressing effects on the people concerned / involved. There seems
to be two main causes, and a number of effects, which we will discuss here.
Possibly / probably / Perhaps the main cause is the increased volume of traffic moving
through and over our countries, especially the urban areas. The ever-rising use of road
vehicles and aircraft leads to high noise level throughout the day and night, which can
be exacerbated by poor level of insulation in homes, shools, and other buildings. A
further well-known cause is the amount of construction taking place, where roads and
other facilities are built in rapid timescales. The use of machinery for this purpose
results in decibel levels which can be dangerously high.
Turning to the possible effects, increased stress level due to the difficulty in thinking
properly with high background noise appears to be the most serious impact of this
problem. This can be especially damaging for children, whose academic performance /
achievement can be affected in some cases. A further widely-observed impact is lack of
sleep, which can be seen in cities which suffer noise pollution, such as London or
Moscow. In these cases, local people start work tired and demotivated, which, in the
case of workers who need high levels of concentration, can be dangerous for people
around them. Finally, there is the long-term impact of depolution, as people move away
from flight paths and busy roads. Properties in these areas can be left derelect, or
taken over by squatters who then live in undesirable conditions.
To sum up, traffic and construction seem to be the main causes, and they affect both
individuals and the movement of population in the areas affected.

depressing = upsetting = distressing = grave – serious = painful

the increased volume of traffic
the ever-rising use of road vehicles and aircraft
be exacerbated by poor levels of sound insulation in homes, schools, and other
in a rapid timescales / pace
dangerously high
increased stress level
the difficulty in thinking properly with high background noise
start work tired and demotivated
need high degrees / levels / extent of concentration
the long-term impact of depopulation
be left derelict = be abandoned
live in undesirable conditions = unpleasant

Light pollution (excessive light during the night time) is a form of pollution that
distresses many people, especially in modern cities. What are the causes of light
pollution, and what solutions can you suggest for governments and businesses
to take.

As more of us live in cities, the question of light pollution is becoming increasingly

topical and important to address. There seem to be three main causes and two key
solutions which we could take to lessen the problem.
Perhaps the main cause is almost certainly the ever-rising use of lighting for advertising
in public spaces. For example, if we look at cities such as Tokyo or Moscow, almost all
available surfaces are fitted with some form of light, often for announcements or
commercial use. This huge expansion in illuminated advertising is partly a result of
competitive pressures, and also due to the power of such advertising with flashing
lights, video and pictures. A secondary cause is the large number of street lamps and
security lights used in cities, which are intended to reduce accidents and crime by
removing shadow areas at light. Finally, high levels of night-time traffic also produce
light pollution, as drivers use haedlams whichs shine into windows and gardens after
Turning to possible remedies, it might be tempting for governments to ban or regulate
electric advertising billboards, but in many cases, for example in New York or London,
these signs are now a local symbol. It would also be difficult to reduce security and
traffic lights, because these are needed to keep residents and traveller save. I would
rather see a government-backed programme of light protection for private homes,
involving better insulation agaist outside light after dark. This would allow residents to
rest in their homes without being disturbed by the lights in the streets outside.
Additionally, a voluntary ‘dark day’ once per week, supported by business advertisers, in
which all commerical lighting is reduced, would allow residents to experience a more
natural level of darkness without jeopardizing their safety.
jeopardise: gây nguy hiểm
the use of lighting for advertising in public spaces
almost all available surfaces are fitted with some form of light
announcements or commerical use
illuminated advertising / lighting advertising / advertising with flashing lights, video,
be intended to reduce accidents and crime by removing shadow areas
nigh-time traffice
it might be attempting for
ban or regulate electric advertising billboards / advertising lighting signs / lighting for
advertising / inlluminated advertising
a government –backed programme / supported by government / business advertisers
Many people today are worried about the large quantities of waste produced by
ordinary households. What problems are caused by household waste, and what
solutions may be possible in both the short and the long-term?

It is inevitable that modern households will produce some waste, but the increasing
volumes of refuse over recent years present a challenge for us all. There seem to be
two main problems stemming from this situation, and also two steps we could take to
address it fully.
Perhaps the major problem is the huge question on how to collect, process and dipose
of this material. Househose waste comprises / consists of elements / parts /
components ranging from foodstuffs to metal, paper and plastics, and local authorities
sometimes struggle to handle such a diverse mix of material. The historical solution has
been incineration and landfill, but the problems of pollution and long-term ground
contamination which arise have led to widespread efforts to recycle at least some of the
waste. This leads us to the second concern, which is the high cost of diposing of refuse
in an ecologically sound manner. We would all wish as much as possible of our rubbish
to be recycled , for example paper pulping or reusing plastics, but the expense involved
must be met by higher taxes and charges for households.
Turning to possible solutions, probably the most immediate short-term solution would be
to divert far more government funds into waste processing and recycling facilities at a
local level. This would reduce the environmental impact of the waste by reducing
pollution, and also lower our deman for raw materials, as more recycled products would
consequently be produced. A further longer-term solution might be to raise the level of
public understanding for / awareness of the need to consume less material in
households, especially in terms of packaging and wasted food. A campaign of
education along these lines would gradually lessen the volumn of waste, especially if
reinforced by incentives for consuming less and penalties for excessive waste, as we
see being trialled in the UK at present.
To sum up, the main problems are both environmental and financial. The possible
solutions involve more immediate investment in facilities and also encouraging long-
term changes in household behaviour.
increasing volumes of refuse
present a challenge for us all
the huge question on how to collect, process and dispose of this material
foodstuffs, metal, paper, plastics,
local authorities
struggle to handle such a diverse mix of material
Many local residents are struggling to handle such a diverse mix of problems.
incineration: high-temperature incineration plants
long-term ground contamination
widespread efforts to recycle
the high cost of disposing of refuse
in an ecologically sound manner / way
paper pulping / reusing plastics
higher taxes and charges for households
divert far more goverment / state funds into waste processing and recycling facilities at
a local level = distribute = allocate ... to
lower demand for raw materials
recycled products
raise the level of public understanding / awareness
the need to consume less material in households
in terms of packaging and wasted food
a campaign of education / incentives for consuming less / penalties for excessive waste
encourage long-term changes in household behaviour

The practice of illegally hunting wild animals continues to cause concern in many
countries, particularly developing countries. What are the causes of such hunting? What
are the effects on the animals, and on the wider human society in these countries and

Poaching is a phenomenon with a variety of causes, both commercial and cultural. The
effects can be extremly serious for animals and the community, as we will discuss now.
Perhaps the most common causes of people turning to poaching is the profit which can
be made from animal materials. We see this in the high prices attached to illegal ivory,
furs and hides, which are highly sought after by a small but weathy group of
unscrupulous global collectors. In turn, these prices may be the result of novelty or rarity
value, or connected to imaginary medicinal properties, for example in the illegal trade
for bear and gorilla body parts. A secondary cause is the more basic pressure of
hunting for food, which forces people to kill animals purely for meat. The roots of this
tend to be in localised famine or drought, or in political instability which disrupts the food
supply, as we can see in central Afraca currently.
Turning to the effects of poaching, the most serious is the threat of extinction posed to
species which are already rare or endangered because of habitat loss or other
environmental factors. The resulting consequences of extinction may include damage to
the food chain and the ecosphere, in addition, of course, to the loss of a precious form
of life. A further effect is the further erosion of a country’s natural heritage, which
comprises its animals, landscape and natural resources, all of which may be under
pressure already. Few could doubt, for example, that Siberia would be vastly pooer
without its few remaining Siberian tigers.
To sum up, the factors behind poaching tend to be commercial or connected to regional
instability. The effects may include final extinction, with the demage to ecosystems and
loss of heritage that this involves.

It might be said that protecting the environment is the most important challenge
facing governments today. How important do you feel this issue is? Are there
other challenges which are of equal or greater importance?

Các vấn đề môi trường mà một mối quan tâm lớn với phần lớn mọi người ngày nay, vì
chúng ta thấy thế giới tự nhiên đang chịu những thiệu hại tăng cao từ ô nhiễm, xây
dựng và các hoạt động con người khác. Tuy nhiêu, để nói rằng chính phủ nên coi đây
là vấn đề này là ưu tiên chính của họ có thể là một cái nhìn khá hời hợt.
Phải thừa nhận, nó đúng rằng bảo vệ môi trường nên nằm trong số những mối quan
tâm lớn nhất. Nếu không có những biện pháp phối hợp từ các tổ chức trong nước và
quốc tế, môi trường sẽ tiếp tục tệ đi, dẫn tới một thế giới bất ổn hơn cho tất cả chúng
ta. Tuy nhiên, bằng việc tập trung vào chủ đề này mà loại bỏ những cái khác chúng ta
có nguy cơ bỏ qua một loạt những thách thức ít ngất nghiêm trọng bằng khác.
Trước tiên trong số những thách thức khác dường như là câu hỏi về quá đông dân cư,
mà theo đó tôi có ý rằng sự tăng số lượng người vượt quá khả năng của loại người để
cung cấp cho chính nó. Nếu vấn đề này không được xử lý, chúng ta có nguy cơ đối mặt
với sự sụp đổ của xã hội con người hiện đại, và do đó khả năng của loại người để
chống lại những thiệt hại môi trường mà đã diễn ra rồi. Một thách thức khác mà ít nhất
là bằng vấn đề môi trường là nhu cầu giảm đói nghèo và bệnh tật ở những nước kém
phát triển, mà một lần nước sẽ làm cho các dân cư này có thể đóng một vai trò lớn
hươn trong nỗ lực bảo vệ tự nhiên. Cuối cùng, có câu hỏi về thất nghiệp và sự cần thiết
để tìm các cách để giảm vấn đề này. Bằng việc tăng số lượng người có việc khắp thế
giới, các chính phủ sẽ tạo ra doanh thu và sự ổn định kinh tế cần thiết để làm cho bảo
vệ môi trường khả thi hơn.
Tóm lại, môi trường chắc chắn là một ưu tiên chính. Tuy nhiên, nó nên được xem xét là
một trong một loạt các vấn đề để xử lý, và chính các giải pháp có những vấn đề này có
thể dẫn tới việc bảo vệ môi trường tốt hơn.


The healthcare, health and sport topic includes health problems and disabilities
(physical and mental), ways of keeping fit and healthy, diet / nutrition and exercise,
ways of providing (and educating people about) healthcare and health service, medical
innovations and treatments, the benefits and management of common sports.

Many doctors are concerned about the high use of computer games by children and
young people. What mental and physical problems may arise from excessive use of
these games? How could these problems be reduced?
problem = issue = negative effects = concern
Children appear to enjoy playing video games and while there are undoubted benefits,
various negative effects stem from this too. Let us consider the main issues and then
outline possible remedies.
Perhaps the major physical problems is the sedentary lifestyle which these games
encourage, meaning that youngsters may incline to obesity or inadequate development.
Added to this is the strain on eyesight resulting from excessive use of screens and
consoles, meaning that children may suffer symtoms of poor vision. There are alson
concerns about impairment of reflexes due to the repetitive nature of the hand muscles
when playing these games, and about the poor diet of convenience food which often
accompanies this lifestyle. The most alarming psychological impact of such activities is
probably the risk of addiction, meaning that children become obsessed with the games
and are unable to socialise with family or peers. This undermines their interpersonal
skills and make them underpeform both academically and socially.
Turning to possible solutions, perhaps the immediate / obvious step would be to
promote a more active lifestyle through excercise regimes or sports programmes which
would help to detoxify the lifestyles of children affected. This could be done through
sponsorship of sports, or participation in competitive events such as races or matches,
hopefully ameliorating the physical effects of excessive games use. Potential remedies
for the danger of mental addiction my be, firstly, an initiative to raise awareness of the
risks of the situation, for example through health warnings on games packaging or
through high-profile spokespersons spreading such as message. For example, if sports
champions or figureheads speak out about these dangers, the message may weell get
through to children.
To sum up, the risks posed by excessive gaming are connected to an unhealthy lifestyle
and the possbility of dependency on the activity. Possible answers might involve
stronger education about the dangers and the health benefits of more active pursuits.

to stem from = to come or derive from

A lot of delingquency these days stems from the use of drugs or alcohol.
sedentary lifestyle = lối sống thiếu vận động
LEAD ........... LIFESTYLE
Lead a lavish lifestyle: Sống tiêu xài, hoang phí
Lead a healthy lifestyle: Sống lành mạnh, khỏe khoắn
Lead a sedentary lifestyle: Sống thiếu vận động
Lead a nocturnal lifestyle: Sống, hoạt động nhiều về đêm
Lead an active lifestyle: Sống hoạt bát, năng nổ
Due to the characteristics of work today mostly in buildings, people’s lifestyle has
become mainly sedentary.
obesiy = overweight
In some countries, obesity is the major cause of death among young adults.
inadequate development: insufficient or obstructed growth
strain = stress or overwork, physical or mental = pressure = tension
be under strain/stress/pressure
cope with the strain/stress/pressure/tension/demands
relieve/release the strain/stress/pressure/tension
symtoms: triệu chứng
A sore throat and headache are symptoms of a cold or flu
impairment: sư suy yếu
poor diet = chế độ ăn thiếu dinh dướng
Malnutrition happens due to a poor diet and lack of medical care.
convenience food = processed food
cocaine addiction / an addiction to TV game show
be addicted to: bị nghiện ~ be obsessed with: bị ám ảnh với
to become addicted to drugs/gambling/ computer games / tranquilizer
to socialise / interpersonal skills
To successfully socialise with others is a increasingly important interpersonal skills.
to underperform = underachieve
active lifestyle
a regime, a programme: a planned system of exercise, diet or sport
to detoxify: giải độc / điều trị
ameliorate the physical effects: cải thiện những ảnh hưởng thể chất
remedy = cure or answer to a problem or situation
an initiative = a new programme or ide
We need initiatives to tackle obesity, anti-social behaviour and delinquency.
raise awareness:
We can organise a marathon or race to raise awareness of heart disease and ways to
prevent it through exercise.
health warnings = notice on cigarette or alcohol packaging warning about the medical
drug addition = drug dependency

‘Healthcare should always be funded by governments, and it should always be free for
people to use’. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this idea?

Few topics are more important then a nation’s healthcare, and the issue of payment will
probably always be controverisal. It seems to me that the sheer cost of universal, free
healthcare makes this an impractical aspiration, no matter how much we might admire
the idea.
The main obstacle would appear to be the number of recipients of healthcare compared
to the taxpayers to fund it. Especially in countries with aging populations such as
Europe, the tax burden on workers becomes intolerably high, and can eventually stifle
economic growth. These painful lessons, shown by states such as France, seem to
demonstrate that completely free healthcare is economically unsustainable. A further
issue relates to the cost of modern medicines, which can be extremely high if the lastest
drugs are used by health providers. This means that the cost of providing treatment
rises almost without limits, making the permanent supply of free treatment unaffordable.
One final point against this proposal is the added issue of globalisation, by which people
move increasingly freely between countries. If this means the taxpayers of one nation
are now obliged to fund the healthcare of users from many other nations, this is surely a
further significant factor which clearly makes a universal health service impractical.
Admittedly, I agree with those who argue that free health service is a worthy ambition
for a country to have, and that we should all contribute something to the welfare of our
fellow citizens. However, this aspiration suffers significantly when confronted with
financial reality.
To sum up, it seems reasonable for the state to fund as much as possible of the nation’s
healthcare. However, due to demographics and costs, this needs to be supplemented
by other methods, such as private insurance.

the sheer cost of universal, free healthcare

an impractical aspiration / ambition
the number of recipients of healthcare
countries of aging populations
tax burden on workers
intolerably high / prohibitive
stifle economic growth
completely free healthcare / health service / free treatment
economically unsustainable
the cost of modern medicines
the cost of providing treatment
rise almost without limits
the added issue of globalisation, by which people move increasingly freely between
a worthy ambition
contribute to the welfare of our fellow citizens
be confronted with = be faced with = face = confront = encounter
demographics and costs

The global challenges topic includes economic issues, their impect on people and
society, changes in demographics, movements of populations between contries and
inside countries, long term trends in population and industry, severe global problems
such as famine, drought and malnutrition, and also the possible causes of all these
issues, their effects and possible solutions to them.

Unemployment remains the biggest challenge to school-leavers in most countries

How far do you agree with this assessment? What other challenges face young people
a life-and-death struggle against famine and illiteracy: sống còn
pressing = urgent, critical, crucial, acute, desperate, serious, grave, life-and-death
depressing = upsetting, distressing, painful, worring

Việc thất nghiệp giới trẻ thì chắc chắn là một thách thức gây lo lắng (a worrying
challenge) đối với hầu hết các nước, đặc biệt ở giai đoạn bất ổn kinh tế (economic
instability) và biến động xã hội (social unrest). Tuy nhiên, để nói rằng đây là vấn đề lớn
nhất là xem thường một loạt các vấn đề cấp bách tương ứng (equally pressing
matters), như chúng ta sẽ thảo luận bây giờ.
Nó phải công nhận rằng thất nghiệp (unemployment = joblessness) có thể hủy hoạt
triển vọng kinh tế của một người trẻ ( a young person’s economic prospects) và sự lưu
động xã hội theo đó (consequent social mobility). Tuy nhiên, vấn đề này có thể được
cải thiện (ameliorated) bằng hành động phối hợp (a coordinated action) giữa nhà nước
và khu vực tư nhân (the private sector), như chúng ta thấy, ví dụ, ở Canada gần đây.
Khi điều này được nhận ra, chúng ta có thể thấy rằng những mối bận tâm khác (other
concerns) thì ít nhất là nghiêm trọng như thế.
Trước tiên trong số những cái này có lẽ là vấn đề nhân khẩu học tuổi (age
demographics), khi mà những người trẻ chịu gánh nặng (bear the burden) cho một dân
số đang ngày càng già với tuổi thọ cao ( a increasingly elderly population). Điều này có
nghĩa rằng những người trẻ sẽ phải trả thuế cao hơn và làm việc giờ dài hơn, có thể
buộc họ phải di cư tới những nước nơi mà áp lực này thấp hơn. Ảnh hưởng của điều
này là tình trước ‘chảy máu chất xám’ mà có thể được thấy ở Nam Âu, nơi những
người trẻ, giàu tham vọng thích rời đất nước họ cùng nhau, (exacerbating) làm tăng
vấn đề cho những người khác ở lại.
Hơn nữa, chúng ta phải nhớ rằng một phần đáng kể những người trẻ (a significant /
substantial proportion of young people) trên thế giới đối diện với những mối đe dọa sinh
tồn (existential threats) như nạn đói (famine), hạn hán (drought) hoặc sự bùng nổ dịch
(the outbreaks of disease). Những vấn đề này thường bị gây ra bởi nội chiến (civil war),
sự bất ổn chính trị (political instability) hoặc tham nhũng của những người có quyền lực
(corruption of people in power) địa phương. Những rủi ro này là một sự nguy hiểm đối
với sự an toàn của hộ bên cạnh kế sinh nhai (livelihood), và do đó sẽ dường như là
nghiêm trọng hơn nhiều thất nghiệp.
Để kết luận, nó dường như hợp lý để chấp nhận rằng thất nghiệp là một thách thức
chính đối với những người trẻ. Tuy nhiên, những xu hương liên tục về nhân khẩu học
giữa những nước phát triển và sự xuất hiện của những mối nguy vật chất ở những
nước đang phát triển nên được đánh giá ít nhất là nghiêm trọng bằng.

a challenge = a problem / difficulty

Western countries and Japan faces many challenges due to its aging population.
economic or political instability
Economic and political instability causes many people to move abroad / migrate to other
countries to seek reliable work / better job opportunities.
social unrest: biến động xã hội = riots, protests or fighting by the public against each
other or the government
Social unrest is spreading from a country to others in the Middle West, causing millions
of deaths and thousands of people to abandon their home - land / migrate to the West
for safety.
an issue = a topic, subject or question that must be considered
The issue of petrol price inflation is not often discussed on the media.
pressing matters = urgent, important issues
joblessness = unemployment
Joblessness among older people is actually higher than among recent graduates.
economic prospects / social mobility = ability of people to progress in terms of salary,
lifestyle and social status.
The greatest aid to social mobility is good education and training.
The private sector = private business >< the public sector = state-owned / state-
controlled services
demographics = the changes in society in terms of age, income, numbers, origins and
location in a country.
Demographic changes in Scandinavia have been dramatic, with substantial immigration
and an ageing indigenous / local / native population
longevity: [lɑːnˈdʒevəti]: tuổi thọ
Japanese people have perhaps the highest longevity in the world / globally.
to migrate = relocate / resettle / go abroad / go overseas
Migration within the Eurozone is a highly controversial issue at present.
brain drain = chảy máu chất xám
Southern Europe is experiencing a high ‘brain drain’ these days, because of the lack of
economic prospects.
Social instability and lack of economic prospects are the causes for a high ‘brain drain’
in some Asian countries these days.

existential threats: mối nguy sống còn

The economy of my country faces an existential threat from collapsing oil revenues.
an outbreak
The outbreak of Ebola is a great concern for doctors globally


The cities and infrustructure topic includes the organisation of urban transport,
communications and housing, trends in city life, social problems associated with cities
such as overcrowding and petty crime, the growht of cities, possible future
developments in city living, and comparisons of urban and rural lifestyles.

Transport delays and long journey times are a widespread phenomenon in many cities
today. What are the causes of this problem, and how could the situation be improved?

Traffic congestion is a great concern in most countries, and one which causes
distressing impacts on individuals and the society on the whole.
Giao thông là một phần thiết yếu của cuộc sống thành thị, và những chuyến đi kéo dài
thì gây khó chịu và đắt đỏ cho những người liên quan. Dường như có 2 nguyên nhân
chính và một số giải pháp, như chúng tôi sẽ giải thích ở đây.
Có lẽ, nguyên nhân chính là việc thiếu khoản đầu từ hay quỹ (the lack of investment or
funding) cho cơ sở hạ tầng (infrustructure) ở dạng giao thông công cộng công năng cao
(high-capacity public transport) và không gian đường mở rộng (increased / expanded
road space cho các phương tiện cá nhân (private vehicles). Điều này có nghĩa rằng quá
nhiều phương tiện sử dụng mạng lưới hiện tại (the existing network), và tắc nghén
(congestion) là rõ ràng (inevitable / unavoidable). Chúng ta thấy điều này ở phần lớn
các thành phố lớn trên thế giới (most large cities globally), như là London hay Tokyo.
Nhiều khu thành phố (conurbations) cũng thiếu tài chính (finance) cho các trung tâm
giao thông (transport hubs), như các cơ sở đường sắt và đường bộ được tích hợp
(intergrated road and rail facilities) mà có thể liên kết giao thông cá nhân và công cộng
(connect / link public and private transport), do đó giảm các ách tắc (reducing
bottlenecks = congestions = jams). Một nguyên nhân xa hơn dường như là vấn đề đông
dân cư (the problem of overcrowding) trong các thành phố, nơi mọi người di cư từ các
vùng nông thôn sâu trong đất liên (hinterland = countrysides) và định cư ở các khu vực
thành phố, đặt áp lực lên các tiện ích (amenities / facilities), nhà cửa (housing) và trên
cả lên khả năng giao thông (above all on the transport capacity). Điều này có nghĩa
rằng một hệ thống đã bị kéo căng rồi (an already stretched system) thì thường bị đẩy
lên mức cực đỉnh (to a critical point), gây ra việc hủy hoại và hỏng trong công nghệ
được sử dụng (causing cancellations and breakdowns in the technology used), đặc biệt
trong các hoàn cảnh của các vùng thành thị trải dài (urban sprawl) như ở Mỹ Latin.
encourage = stimulate = promote = support = forster
Liên quan đến các giải pháp tiềm năng, có thể giải phải chính sẽ là khuyến khích đầu tư
(to encourage investment) vào hệ thống cơ sở hạ tầng tốt hơn (better infrustructure), ví
dụ thông qua tài trợ (subsidies) hoặc liên doanh tư nhân – công (public-private
partnerships) như đã được thử thành công ở Đức trong những năm 1990. Điều này sẽ
nâng cao mạng lưới (enhance the network) và cổ vũ cảm giác tự hào công dân (fosters
a sense of civic pride to everyone’s benefit), tới lợi ích của mọi người. Một giải pháp
khác có thể là sử dụng các khuyến khích thuế (tax incentives) để cho phép nhiều hơn
làm việc ở nhà (allow / encourage / promote home working), để có ít nhu cầu di chuyển
từ ngoại ô vào nội đô để làm việc (commute from the surburbs to the inner city for
work). Một phản ứng cuối cùng có lẽ là sự phát triển của những dạng giao thông linh
hoạt hơn (more flexible patterns of transport), như là đi xe chung (communal car-
pooling), mà sẽ giảm sự phủ thuộc vào hệ thống và các phương tiện hiện tại.
Để kết luận, nó dường như rằng hệ thống cơ sở hạ tầng lỗi thời và sự đông đúc là các
nhân tố chính đằng sau những thất vọng giao thông. Các giải pháp có thể sẽ bao gồm
tài trợ tốt hơn, và cũng như những sáng tạng trong các cách làm việc và di chuyển để
giảm gánh nặng lên hệ thống hiện tại. (lessen the severity of the problem)
Transport is an essential part of urban life and lengthy journeys are frustrating and
expensive for those concerned. There appear to be two main causes, and several
possible solutions, as we will explain here.
Perhaps the main cause is the lack of investment or funding for infrustructure in the
form of high-capacity public transport and increased road space for private vehicles.
This means that two many vehicles use the existing network, and congestion is
inevitable. We see this in most large cities globally, such as London or Tokyo. Many
conurbations also lack finance for transport hubs
urban crime is a great concern for the authorities in most countries today.
investment or funding = money to pay for an activity, either from government or
public transport = such as buses and trains funded by the state ( as opposed to private
transport such as cars owned by individuals.
traffic congestion = bottlenecks
conurbations [ˌkɑːnɜːrˈbeɪʃn]
transport hubs = centers where many routes converge
facilities and amenities
Many countries has amenities such as swimming pools and parks, and several facilities
for elderly people such as care homes.
a bottleneck: a plce where congestion regularly happens.
The connection from a motorway to a local road is always a big bottleneck.
The problem of overcrowding is a great concern for authorities in most cities these days.
hinterland = the are around a city affected by its development
urban sprawl: the situation when a city expands and buildings are constructed withouth
control or laws.
Urban sprawl has resulted in the rapid expansion of many Asian cities, with resulting
damage to the environment.
public-private partnerships = projects funded jointly by the government and business, to
reduce the cost to the taxpayer
Many countries encourage investment in infrustructure through public-private
partnerships, reducing the tax burden of the taxpayer
Many projects run by public-private partnerships prove to be effective in finance
civic pride:
As a symbol of civic pride, we built a new park zone with sports amenities and
educational exhibitions.
tax incentives =
One further solution is to use tax incentives to encourage people to try using their own
solar panels at home, reducing strain on the nation’s electricity supply.
Home working =
In addition, home working is a possibile response to the transport congestion in cities,
as it could reduce / minimize / cut down / lower / decrease the need to commute from
suburbs to downtown for work
suburbs = the residential areas around a city
The inter city = central part of a city = downtown
communal car-pooling = shared / joint: a voluntary system for people to travel in a
shared car, to reduce fuel use.
outdated = old-fashioned
a burden
the higher tax burden on the residents
The countryside and agriculture topic covers social and physical changes in the
countryside, rural versus urban lifestyles, ways of using the countryside and methods of
farming including animals and crops.

It is sometimes said that the countryside offers a high quality of life, especially for
families. What are the aurguments for and against families choosing to live and work in
the contryside, for example as farmers/ What is your own view about this?

Có thể có ít câu hỏi trong cuộc sống quan trọng hơn nơi để định cư làm gia đình (where
to settle as family), và câu hỏi về một nơi thành phố hay nông thôn ( an urban or rural
location) thì phức tạp. Có những lập luận mạnh ủng hộ và chống lại việc sống ở miền
quê, như chúng tôi sẽ thảo luận bây giờ.

Một mặt, có thể nói rằng vùng nông thôn (the countryside) là một nơi khá tù túng (rather
a backwater), với các tiện ích văn hóa ít hơn (fewer cultural amenities / facilities) một
thành phố về mặt bảo tàng, rạp chiếu phim và thậm chí các sự kiện thể thao. Điều này
có thể có ý rằng các gia đình trở nên bị tách biệt (become isolated), đặc biệt là việc
giảm dân số nông thôn (rural depopulation) để lại ít hơn những người sống ở nông thôn
(country dwellers) ở khu vực, như chúng ta có thể thấy, ví dụ, miền trung nước Pháp.
Thêm vào điều này là sự khan hiếm (scarcity) trường học và đại học, nghĩa rằng trẻ em
cần phải di chuyển (travel / commute) những quãng đường dài cho việc học tập của
chúng. Cuối cùng, các lựa chọn nghề nghiệp (career options) có lẽ giới hạn hơn ở nông
thôn cho cả bố mẹ lẫn con cái, dễ tới thất nghiệp nông thôn (rural unemployment /
joblessness) và sự nghèo khó nông thôn dài hạn (long-term rural poverty /
impoverishment) là trường hợp tệ nhất.
Ngược lại, cuộc sống ở nông thôn bù đắp lại (rewards) những thứ vượt quá các mối
bận tâm vật chất (material considerations). Ví dụ, sự dồi dào các nguồn lực tự nhiên
(the abundance of natural resources) như đất (land), lâm nghiệp hoang dã (wildlife
forestry) và các khối nước (water bodies) nghĩa rằng một cuộc sống tương đối đơn giản
(a comparatively simple life) có thể được sống ở mức độ vừa đủ sống (subsistence
level). Nhiều dân cư vùng quê thì là các hộ hộ tự nuôi sống (self-sufficient smallholders)
về ý nghĩa này, bảo vệ (safeguarding) họ khỏi những thay đổi trong nền kinh tế lớn hơn
mà có thể làm khổ sở những người sống ở thành phố (affict / frustrate city dwellers).
Bên cạnh đó, nếu bố mẹ là nông dân, những đứa trẻ học được tầm quan trọng của
nghề chăn nuôi (animal husbandry), các phương pháp canh tác (methods of raming)
như luân canh (crop rotation) và tưới tiêu (irrigation), và nhìn chung có thể trở nên gần
gũi ( more in tune with the natural world as a result / accordingly)với thế giới tự nhiên
nhờ đó. Cuối cùng, vì công nghệ có thể làm cho những đứa trẻ tiến hành việc học từ xa
(undertake distance learning) và xem từ xa (remote viewing) các địa điểm văn hóa
(cultural attractions) như bảo tàng, chúng có lẽ ít bị cô lập khỏi các di sản văn hóa (the
cultural heritage).
Nhìn chung, nó dường như với tôi rằng chất lượng cuộc sống ở nông thôn ngày nay
thực sự cao (indeed quite high), với những lợi thế về nguồn lực, sự tự cung (self-
sufficiency) và nhận thức môi trường (environmental awareness). Điều này đặc biệt
đúng bây giờ vì (now that) mà các các phương tiện giao tiếp đang làm giảm nguy cơ
biệt lập ( the risk of isolation) ở những cộng đồng xa xôi như vậy (in such far-flung

rural = countryside
One of the difficulties of living in rural areas is the limited economic prospects due to the
scarcity of career options compared to the abundance of job opportunities in cities.
a backwater
Many people think that the countryside is rather a backwater, with fewer cultural and
educational facilities than urban areas.
rural depopulation
As more and more young people are migrating from rural areas to cities for
employment, the issue of rural depopulation is getting worst.
Rural depopulation can cause huge problems with local infrustructure, as there are not
enough people to run the services and transport.
country dwellers >< city dwellers
the lack of communications cause country dwellers being isolated with other parts of the
a scarcity: a lack or shortage of something.
The worst problem I experienced in the countryside was a real scarcity of cultural
events such as sports tournaments and music festivals.
rural unemployment
Rural unemployment has been ameliorated by innovative Internet start-ups.
rural poverty
Rural povery is a long-term situation exacerbated by lack of infrustructure and training /
educational opportunities.
material considerations = concerns about money and material possessions.
Many people today are obsessed by material considerations, causing them to migrate
from their rural hometown to large cities as a result.
an abundance of:
wildlife = natural world = natural environment
forestry: lâm nghiệp
subsistence level
Subsistence farmers grow their own food but have little left to sell for profit.
the competitiveness in job market, especially exarcebated during economic downturn /
crisis, afflict many city dwellers due to the shortage of funds for food and other shopping
animal husbandry / crop rotation / remote viewing
environmental awareness
far-flung = remote


The Government and the authorities topic mostly includes law and order, crime and
policing, justice and punishment. Occasionally the Task may refer to ways of managing
public services and relations between countries.

Some observers say that police officers should be recruited from the communities
where they work, so that they have local knowledge. Other people say that this is
unnecessary, or even undesirable. When do you stand on this debate? Is local
knowledge essential in modern policing?