Are you for or against the introduction of English in the Japanese elementary school curriculum? Explain two reasons to support your opinion.
What event in your life has made a big impression and why?
Do you feel that technology such as computers, cell phones and the internet is controlling our lives too much?
Do you have any specific long-term goals? What is one and how do you plan on reaching it?
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” Thomas A. Edison
Write about the changes that an invention has already caused or will cause in the future. You might write about the automobile, the telephone, the cellular telephone, artificial hearts, genetic engineering, or any technological device or process you know about.
A famous writer once said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing oneself.”
Explain in your own words what this quotation means to you.
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Explain what this quote means to you.
When does someone become an adult? Do you consider yourself to be an adult?
Answer these questions and explain why you think so.
Succeeding in life can mean different things to different people. What does success in life mean to you and why?
According to official statistics, the number of Japanese living abroad has increased to over one million. Why do you think so many Japanese people are now living overseas?
Do you think that video games and comics encourage violence in today’s society? Answer and explain why you think so.
Answer the following question in English. (100～120 words)
If you could live in any country apart from Japan, where would you like to live and why?
Critics argue that there are many advantages and disadvantages to using Social Networking Sites: for example Mixi and Twitter. Do you think there are more advantages or disadvantages? Why do you think so?
Read the fictional news story in the box below. Do you support the Social Independence *Act? Why or why not? In English, express a clear opinion and support it in about 100 to 130 words.
＞＞＞＞＞TODAY’S TOP NEWS STORY＜＜＜＜＜
The Morning News continues its coverage of today’s top news story: the government’s approval of the Social Independence Act.
To review, the Social Independence Act requires unmarried, healthy adults to live separately from their parents within 24 months of graduating from high school or university. This forced separation is the government’s attempt to resolve the issue of so-called parasite singles ― adults who choose to remain unmarried, living at home supported by their parents.
“We are at a crisis point in our country’s history,” stated the Prime Minister at a press conference earlier today. “Approving this policy was a tremendously difficult decision, but it was a necessary step in order to promote single adults’ abilities to live and act independently, while at the same time combating our country’s current economic *stagnation and declining population.”
Singles who do not live separately from their parents will be subject to higher taxes, and the penalty will increase each year.
The Morning News will continue to bring you more as this story develops.
You write an advice column, called Advisor Aoki, for the local newspaper. People send you letters describing problems in their lives, and you publish replies advising them. Today you’ve received the letter below. Write your reply in English.
(The length should be between 120 and 150 words.)
Dear Advisor Aoki,
I am a Japanese female and want to marry my girlfriend. As you know, same-sex marriage isn’t legal in Japan, though it is legal in some other parts of the world. We want to live in a place where we can not only marry, but also feel accepted. Since we both speak English, moving abroad is an option for us. However, that would has always been our home.
Many people say that each generation has its own experience and unique set of life challenges. What are some of the major ways in which your generation is different from the generation that came before it? Give reasons and explanations to support your ideas.
To answer this question, write an essay of 120-150 words in English.
What opinion would you contribute after reading the following article in a newspaper?
It is said, “Many people in developed countries eat food from convenience stores and fast food restaurants every day.” While a large number of people enjoy eating these foods, there are some people who fear that traditional foods will be completely replaced in the future by food that is convenient.
In 120 to 150 words, clearly state your own opinion about this issue in English.
Famous philosopher Lao Tsu wrote; “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In other words, beginning a difficult task or new activity takes time and effort.
In 120 to 150 words, explain clearly in English your own personal experience that demonstrate this idea.
Read the quote below and then answer the following questions.
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
What is the most important lesson you have learned in life? Why is it an important lesson for you and how will it help you in the future? In 120 to 150 words, clearly state your own answer.
You write an advice column called Advisor Aoki for the local newspaper. People send you letters describing problems in their lives and you publish replies advising them. Today you’ve received the letter below.
Write your reply in English in 100 to 130 words. Then, in the box on the answer sheet, write the total number of words that you have written in your reply.
Dear Advisor Aoki,