You often ask me how to prepare to the discussion (task 2, part A). The difficulty in this case lies in finding ad hoc good and interesting arguments for a given topic. The number of topics seems overwhelming, but in fact the list has been published and it includes: 


  • military training
  • everyday life in the military
  • addictions
  • health and fitness
  • customs and traditions
  • free time
  • food and eating habits
  • tourism
  • money
  • media
  • generation issues
  • refugees
  • city versus country
  • rich versus poor
  • shopping
  • holiday
  • environment
  • work and employment
  • politics
  • economics
  • education
  • international relations
  • terrorism and global security
  • sport
  • family and family life
  • means of transport
  • travelling
  • disasters
  • military operations
  • crime


So, how to prepare?
Apart from practising speaking, of course, it is a good idea to prepare lists of ideas for different topics. Let us take an example.



1. tourism reduces unemployment
➡by creating new workplaces connected with services, such as hotels, restaurants
➡by the need to improve/develop transport infrastructure and services
2. increased income
➡income of local service providers increases
➡local agriculture, retail shops benefit
➡local companies pay taxes to the state budget
3. infrastructure development
➡roads, hotels, airports, hospitals, sports facilities
are built
1. culture
➡tourists and local people learn about each other’s cultures
➡increased awareness of similarities and differences of different customs, traditions, religion, etc
➡increased tolerance
2.social benefits
➡local community can be proud and more aware of its culture
➡tourism helps to preserve the local heritage
general knowledge is increased (of both tourists and local people)
3. language
➡possibility of using local or foreign languages in real context
➡better communication between different nations and community
1. conservation of the environment
➡protection of wildlife and natural resources, e.g. natural forests as they are tourist attractions
➡financing local preserves, wildlife parks, museums, etc from entrance fees and donations
2. ecotourism
➡promotes eco-friendly entertainment and ways of spending free time
➡promotes contact with unspoilt nature – encouraging its preservation
➡promotes waste sorting and economising on water, energy, etc
Or, it can be done in the form of a sketchnote, which combines text with visualisation of the idea, which is reported to increase the ability to remember by even 80%.
Below you can see my first sketchnote ever in which I tried to present the ideas described above.
Let me know what you think about this form of visualisation.


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