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Economics

Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 

Crisis

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Crisis

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Alcohol

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to balance alcohol consumption and a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
  3. Should parents be able to determine drinking age for their children before the age of 18 (as opposed to the government controlling this)?
  4. Drink driving: in some countries it’s ok to drink a little before driving. Is it possible to have similar law in Russia? Why or why not?

Should cannabis be legalised?

Reading: 

The National Cancer Institute Says Cannabis Kills Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its website to include various studies revealing how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. The institute also said that cannabis does this while protecting healthy cells.

NCI released the following statement after updating its website:

Marketing

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is marketing?
  2. What’s the best marketing campaign you know of?
  3. What marketing tactics do you think are very successful?
  4. What’s the difference between marketing and advertising?
  5. How has the Internet changed marketing?

Challenges of the modern civilization. Part 1

1. What do you think are some advantages and disadvantages of globalization?

2. Which countries do you think might be against globalization?

3. What do you think globalization will look like in the future?

4. How do you think Russia is similar/different to western countries?

5. Can you give some examples of exotic festivals that are celebrated in other countries?

6. What do you think are some of the biggest environmental problems in Russia?

Work & Happiness

1. Is it necessary for human beings to work to be happy?

2. Would an increase in salary motivate you to work longer hours at a job that you don’t like?

3. How would you motivate yourself to do the job that you don’t like?

4. Some psychologists suggest try to remember what the person wanted to do when they were a child to find their “dream” job, do you agree with this technique?

5. Do you think that woman and man approach the same work differently? Do you think they handle stress in a different way?

Russia and The World

1) What is the position of Russia in the  world? What role does
Russia play in world economy and policy?

2) Is it possible that Russia will become a superpower again?
Under what conditions do you think this can happen?
3) What states of the world are the closest friends of Russia today?
4) Try to describe the relationship of Russia with former
republics of the Soviet Union. What countries are (are not) our
friends now?
5) Do Russians like living in the Russian Federation more than in

Corruption

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kinds of corruption are there in your country?
  2. Has corruption affected your life?
  3. Why do you think people are corrupt.?
  4. Can corruption be a good thing?
  5. How do you reduce corruption?
  6. Which countries have a lot of corruption?
  7. What can you do about corruption in your country?
  8. How do you remove corrupt employees from their jobs?
  9. What is the largest bribe you have paid?
  10. Can corruption be a good thing in some societies?

Unemployment

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is unemployment a great problem where you live now?
  2. Do you know people who have lost their jobs recently?
  3. What do you think the role of the government is in regulating the unemployment situation in this country?
  4. How should the government help people who have lost their jobs?
  5. Describe an employee whom the employer will never fire.
  6. When is the best time for a person to start looking for a job?

Human Settlement on Mars: Mars One Mission

Questions for discussion:

  1. For some people it is better to lose a leg than live forever on a hostile planet. Current technology can provide you with only one-way trip to Mars. Will you agree on that? On what conditions may you possibly agree to go?
  2. Will you donate to Mars One Mission? How much are you ready to donate? If not, who do you think should sponsor this program? Is this program important for mankind and for you personally?
  3. In your opinion in what year is it possible to deliver selected team to Mars and make a settlement there?

Space Exploration By Humans

Questions for discussion:

  1. What in your opinion are the main reasons for space exploration:
    • Science development, testing of new technologies;
    • General human interest to find another leaving creatures;
    • Military purposes, space borders protections from invaders;
    • To find new planet that will be suitable to settle on after possible catastrophe on Earth;

Money

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your attitude to money? Do you have enough money or you always want to have more?
  2. Is it easy for you to save money or you tend to spend it as soon as you get it? What kinds of things are you saving your money for?
  3. Do you waste money sometimes? How easily do you waste them?
  4. What is your attitude to borrowing money? What is your attitude to lending money? What happens more often in your life?
  5. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?

Money

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your attitude to money? Do you have enough money or you always want to have more?
  2. Is it easy for you to save money or you tend to spend it as soon as you get it?
  3. Do you waste money sometimes? How easily do you waste it?
  4. What is your attitude to borrowing money? What is your attitude to lending money? What happens more often in your life?
  5. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?

Global economy and Russia

Questions for discussion:

  1. What can you say about the present economic situation?
  2. Compare the economic situation of today with the situation 2 years ago.
  3. Do you think that unemployment will increase / decrease in the next few years?
  4. What can we do with people who have been laid off and who have no real chance of finding another job?
  5. Has computer created or killed jobs?
  6. Describe the current business situation in your company.
  7. Has your company ever laid off employees?

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