English Discussion on
 Population

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THE DISCUSSION ON POPULATION

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

(1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘population’?
(2) How would you describe the population of your country?
(3) How has your country’s population changed over the years?
(4) The physicist Stephen Hawking said that if world population continues growing at its current rate, then “by 2600 we would all be standing literally shoulder to shoulder”. Will this happen?
(5) Is population growth a concern in your country?
(6) What would happen in the world if there was a population explosion?
(7) Is the population of your cities growing? How is this affecting the countryside?
(8) Do you like looking at population surveys and statistics?
(9) What do you think rural populations think about the pollution and mess cities are creating?
(10) Is your society moving towards an ageing population? Is this a problem?





STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

(1) Is there any population control in your country?
(2) What kind of ethnic and immigrant populations live in your town?
(3) Ex World Bank President Robert McNamara said: "Population growth is the gravest issue the world faces. If we do not act, the problem will be solved by famine, riots, insurrection and war." Do you agree?
(4) Do you think a diverse population is good for your country?
(5) What is a population crisis?
(6) What factors influence changing population patterns?
(7) Is contraception a good way to reduce population?
(8) What do you think of ‘one child per family’ policies to curb population growth?
(9) What will your country’s population look like in 50 years from now?
(10) What do you think of the idea of an international population tax?



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