بحث آزاد

Free Discussion

Session one

  1. Why do some people decide to be a vegetarian? Benefits for human health? Or animal rights?
  2. At what age, should children start living on their own: having a job and earning money or renting a place of their own?
  3. Should voluntary plastic surgery for beauty purposes be banned? 
  4. Why do you think Iranians on average spend very little time reading books compared to other nations?
  5. Imagine you were able to arrange your life in a way that you would be the happiest person in the world. What would your life be like?
  6. Why are American universities always among the top universities?
  7. In what areas do you expect most technological advances to happen in the not too distant future? (transport, entertainment, work, food, architecture, robots, medical sciences)
  8. What personality features make a person successful? 
  9. What would the world be like without religion?
  10. How different can people living in big cities be from those living in small cities?

Session two

  1. Where can we draw the dividing line between religion and superstition? Can you bring some examples?
  2. For you, is marriage scary, exciting, a stupid thing, not necessary?
  3. Are professional sports just sports and entertainment or there are some other motives at work?  
  4. “Travel is education”. What does that mean? What would make you wiser – travelling around the world in ten years or reading lots of books?
  5. Have you heard the term ‘utopia’? Is that possible at all? Why?
  6. Why do some people believe that the idea of artificial intelligence can be scary?
  7. Is it possible not to regret our youth when we get old?
  8. In what ways can technology be utilized for educational purposes? 
  9. How can you define the word ‘literacy’? What can literacy mean in the 21st century?
  10. How would you weigh up the pros and cons of studying abroad? 

Session three

 

  1. Do people's leisure time activities change as they age? How?
  2. Some parents kill their children with kindness. What does this statement mean?
  3. Do you think that the dreams you have at night have any meaning or interpretation?
  4. What does “generation gap” mean? Is it possible to bridge this gap? How?
  5. What message does the media send to young people about beauty?
  6. Do you hate talking about politics? Are politicians liars?
  7. What things cause stress? How can we deal with stress?
  8. Who has dad most influence on you: family, friends, media?
  9. Do you like to be self-employed or work for someone else?
  10. Wo you think that women’s rights are violated in our country?

Session four

  1. Are social networks a good way for starting relationships?
  2. How much of social problems springs from familial problems?
  3. Why some people, men or women, wear make-up? What do you think of a woman who puts on heavy make-up? 
  4. What do we mean by education? Is education limited to what happens in schools and universities?
  5. What do you know about biomimicry?
  6. Which one of the following can be more beneficial to your health? regular exercise, diet, thinking positively, praying, entertainment, meditation.
  7. Why do some people pay lots of money for a piece of art in auction houses? Don’t you think that with that money many serious problems can be solved?
  8. Should we expect higher standards of behavior from sportsmen than from ordinary people? 
  9. Some people say that “youth is a state of mind”. What does that mean? Do you agree with that? 
  10. What type of holiday would you most like to go on? Beach holiday, sightseeing holiday, cultural holiday, pilgrimage, adventure travel, African safari.

Session five

  1. Are you happy? What things do you have in your life to be happy about? Does happiness have anything to do with your outlook on life?
  2. What invention or technological advance do you think has had the greatest impact on human’s life?
  3. Which city in the world do you think would be the best to live in? Why?
  4. Are graduates in your country perfectly capable of starting their job immediately after their graduation? 
  5. Why do some people keep pets? What are the benefits and dangers of keeping pets?
  6. Do you think Iranians who immigrate to other countries act irresponsibly with regard to their home’s bad conditions? Should they stay in Iran and try to improve the situation?
  7. What lessons can we learn for the recent pandemic?
  8. If you could visit one greatly famous person, who would you choose?
  9. What is science? Is science absolutely powerful or it has its own weaknesses?
  10. Is there any particular color that you like? What do colors we like tell us about our personality?

Session six

  1. Can you guess what ‘sibling rivalry’ mean? What makes this happen?
  2. What strange cosmetic surgeries do you know about? What harms can they do to the body?
  3. Can we say a well-educated person is a man of wisdom, never a stupid person?
  4. What are the most important differences between men and women?
  5. What is institutionalized corruption?
  6. Do you know any massively successful Iranian woman? Tell us about her.
  7. What kinds of behavior do you hate to see from the young people in your country?
  8. How big do you think the company of ‘Google’ is? Why most giants of technology have sprung up in the U.S.?
  9. Do you like to go back to your childhood? Going to school every day?
  10. What aspect of Iranian culture do you like the most? Hate the most?

 

Session seven

  1. Where do you picture yourself in ten years later?
  2. What is the strangest news you’ve ever heard or read?
  3. Are you optimistic about the future of our country?
  4. Do you think studying literature in school is a waste of time?
  5. What does love mean to you? If a man loves another man, it is not natural?
  6. They say parent’s love is the true love. What’s your idea?
  7. How important setting goals can be when it comes to achieving success? Should your goals be too ambitious or realistic?
  8. Are you proud of your country? How do you feel when you see the flag of Iran?
  9. What things are you afraid of in your life?
  10. What is “learned helplessness”? Does it apply to our current situation? (you may have to search about this one)

Session eight

  1. What is organic food? What are the negative points about organic foods?
  2. Do you believe in luck? Do you see yourself as lucky or unlucky?
  3. Why did all miracles happen in the ancient times and not in the modern era?
  4. Why have some countries banned capital punishment?
  5. How important are mountains for the planet? What role do they play on earth?
  6. Why does everyone think that the dishes their mom cook is the most delicious?
  7. What is intelligence? Are intelligent people necessarily successful in life?
  8. What makes a good movie (what features should a movie have to be called a good movie)?
  9. Do you think the media should cover all the bad news or they should avoid broadcasting news that may upset people?
  10. What are the pros and cons of using nuclear energy for generating power?

Session nine

  1. Do you think that boys and girls should go to the same school and be classmates from the very first grade? Would you allow your 7-year-old daughter sit next to a 7-year-old boy in the same class?
  2. Why should we respect our traditions? What is the philosophy behind some of our traditions? For example Yalda Night.
  3. What are the biggest problems our young people face nowadays?
  4. Why do you think our universities have no significant place in world rankings?
  5. How would you define terrorism? And what are the major causes of terrorism? (suicide bombers, religious extremists)
  6. What are the best solutions for dealing with water crisis?
  7. What is or what should the ultimate goal of technology be? To make our life easier? To make more money? To gain power? To help humans? To satisfy our curiosity?
  8. Are introverts or extroverts more successful in their lives?
  9. Is religion really the God’s gift for human salvation or it is something concocted by some deceitful people to exploit others?
  10. What aspects of city life would you complain about/appeal to you?

Session ten

  1. Have you heard the term ‘homeschooling’? (to teach children at home instead of sending them to school) 
  2. How often do you shop online? What are the merits and demerits of online shopping?
  3. Why is the idea of a ‘hero’ so popular in many cultures? Think about movies that are about a hero.
  4. What are the biggest changes you have made to your life?
  5. What are the most profitable businesses in Iran and around the world?
  6. Does money really brings happiness? Do you know any rich person who is not happy?
  7. What are the best strategies for learning languages?
  8. Is there anyone in your life who could have a great impact on you? An artist? A family member? A writer?
  9. Is it ok for Iranians to celebrate Christmas? To mourn in Ashoora?
  10. What is the most unbelievable thing you have ever heard or see?

Session eleven 

  1. What are the most ruinous human traits? Jealousy, greed, prejudice or bigotry?
  2. What would you do if fear was not a factor and you could not fail?
  3. What are you most grateful for?
  4. Imagine that one day after death, god asks you what you have spent your whole life on. What would you answer?
  5. Have you ever been jealous of anyone?
  6. Would you claim that you have a clear conscience? Or more awesome than that, you have a happy conscience?
  7. Do you care about anything that really doesn’t matter?
  8. Is it good to feel sorry for the poor?
  9. Honesty is the best policy. How much do you agree with this?
  10. Should school curriculums include sex education?

Session twelve 

  1. Do you think “knowing” can bother you? You can be happier if you are ‘blissfully unaware’ of what is happening around the world. OR The less you know in general, the happier you are.
  2. Do you feel you can become whatever you want in your life?
  3. Do you think ‘fear’ is a good or bad human trait?
  4. What does it mean to “be yourself”? How can you be more yourself?
  5. Is the present better than the past? Is the future going to be worse than the present?
  6. “Laughter is the best medicine.” How much do you agree with that?
  7. Do you think art is fully appreciated in our country?
  8. How old are you? How old do you feel you are? “You should be young at heart” is nonsense?
  9. Are you comfortable with meeting new people?
  10. Do you live according to what society expects you to?

Session thirteen

  1. To what extent can a university degree guarantee a satisfactory income?
  2. Were you able to talk with your parents about any topic when you were a teenager?
  3. In some cultures, people wear black for 1 year when someone they love dies, do you think this is a good ritual? What do you do to show respect for those who have passed away?
  4. What kind of behavior seems strange to you? (a man wearing a skirt? A girl asking a boy to marry her? Crying for someone who got killed, for whatever reason, 15 centuries ago? Sending your parents to the nursing home? Using swear words in your songs? An old woman wearing red lipstick? A husband washing the dishes? A wife having a boyfriend?) Are there any criteria for defining what is “normal”?
  5. What is ‘job shadowing’ and how it can be useful in education?
  6. What is the best advice you were given but did not take?
  7. What careers require some empathy in order to be successful? (doctors, teachers, engineers, workers)
  8. What is ‘critical thinking’? Is it important?
  9. Is every generation more intelligent than the previous one?
  10. Life is too short to take anything too seriously. Do you agree with that?

Session fourteen

  1. What do you like most about yourself?
  2. What is the most important massage that the recent covid-19 pandemic can give us?
  3. Is there any character in a movie or story that you particularly like?
  4. They say: “If you want to see what is going to happen in the future, look at science-fiction movies”. Is that true?
  5. Is it true to say that gamers are very intelligent? Have you notices any wonderful qualities in gamers?
  6. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?
  7. What do you think the next technological innovation should be like?
  8. Is any amount of alcohol harmful for the body?
  9. Which one should be the government’s first priority: economy, education, military power, environment?
  10. Vegetarians say we shouldn’t kill the animals for their meat because they have the right to leave, they have emotions. It is so cruel! Do you agree? Can’t we make the same argument for the plants?!!

Session fifteen

  1. What is the most extraordinary thing you’ve ever seen/heard someone did with their brains?
  2. You should forget about your past and enjoy your present. Do you agree with this statement?
  3. Ellen DeGeneres (a woman) lives with her wife and a few cats. Can this be considered as a family? 
  4. Between books and movies, which one do you prefer? Why?
  5. Do you think as long as there are humans, corruption will also exist? What does it take to eradicate corruption: severe punishment, education, stricter laws?
  6. Do you believe in alternative medicine? Acupuncture, traditional medicine, …
  7. What’s your idea about online dating sites? People put their photos and some information, waiting for a partner?
  8. Most families in wealthy countries are having fewer and fewer children. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
  9. What is the most profitable type of business to open in your country?
  10. What do you think about couples that adopt children from different countries? Would you ever adopt a child?

Session sixteen

  1. Is taking risks in general good or bad?
  2. Why does everyone think that their mom’s cooking is the best? How do “habits” affect us?
  3. Why do women love shopping?
  4. Do we have bad books? Or all books are good?
  5. What are the most important life lessons you have learned and like to share?
  6. Do you believe in having clean money or dirty money?
  7. Why they say old age is the second childhood?
  8. What does a “beautiful mind” exactly mean?
  9. Is there any stereotype (e.g., people from Shiraz are lazy!) that you hate or you think is extremely unfair?
  10. What questions have you had that you could never find an answer for? 

Session seventeen

  1. Is nationality something to be proud of?
  2. What does ‘freedom of conscience’ mean?
  3. Why is ‘poverty’ really dangerous?
  4. Should women be allowed to have legal abortion?
  5. Why should we care about/help others? Why should we respect people who are older than us?
  6. Life after the age of sixty is no longer worth living. Do you agree?
  7. “It’s all in your mind!” How true is it?!!
  8. Men’s and women’s rights should never be the same or equal, because there are a lot of differences between them. Do you agree? Why do never men and women compete with each other in sports?? One female soccer team vs. one male soccer team?!! Therefore, men and women should be separated in any subject!!
  9. Is hijab a good idea?
  10. Do you have any tolerance of ideas you don’t agree with?

Session eighteen

  1. Do you agree with tattoos, piercing?
  2. What years have been the best period in your life?
  3. Why some foods are forbidden in some religions while not in others?
  4. The government’s policy is use corona as a tool to control or suppress people. Do you agree with that?
  5. What advice would you give to someone who is 20 years younger than you?
  6. Can learning anything be ever too late? Or as we get older, our ability to learn skills diminishes?
  7. Should we be allowed to judge about celebrities’ lives? Rambod???
  8. Do you generally consider yourself as a “good” person?
  9. Is ‘pain’ a good thing for our body? What would happen if we didn’t feel any pain?
  10. If a child asked you for money, what would you do?

Session nineteen

  1. What makes you angry? Are you able to hide your anger?
  2. Are you a kind of person who complains about what is wrong? Or you prefer to keep silent or leave the place?
  3. Is it any good to visit the grave of the dead once a week??
  4. In what places should men and women be separated?! Public restrooms?! In sports? In schools? At the workplace? In stores? On the bus/train? In the wedding ceremonies?
  5. Do you like fame? Do you like to be famous? Is being famous an enviable quality?
  6. Do you ever blame your parents for bringing you to this world?
  7. What popular food in your country seems strange to people from other countries?
  8. What do you have on your bucket list (a list of things you very much like to do before you die)?
  9. At what age should young adults be allowed to start relationships with the opposite sex?
  10. Should a woman necessarily be a mother with several kids doing chores at home to play her role in society?

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