Resources - quickwrite topics

Malc Prentice

You do not need to do these QW topics in order!

Copy-paste the lines below into the "Title" box of your Learning Log.

E1. What did you do in the holidays?

E2. What do you do in your free time?

E3. How was your first week of class?

E4. What was the last movie you saw?

E5. Who was your favourite teacher?

E6. What celebrity would you like to meet?

E7. Tell me about something you have.

E8. Who is your best friend?

E9. Tell me about your part time job.

E10. Tell me about the music you listen to.

E11. Tell me about your room.

E12. Tell me about your hometown

E13. What's your best memory last year?

E14. Tell me about a festival you went to.

E15. How do you relax?

E16. What country would you like to go to?

E17. Tell me about a time you were scared.

E18. Tell me about your favourite books.

E19. Tell me about the websites you use most.

E20. Tell me about the clothes you wear.

E21. Tell me about something you want to buy.

E22. Tell me about your family

E23. Tell me about the food you eat or cook.

E24. What would you do with 1,000,000 yen?

E25. Tell me about your school trips in JHS/HS

E26. Do you think English is important?

E27. Tell me about a country you want to see.

E28. Tell me about a time you were in trouble.

E29. Tell me about a present you received

E30. What do you want to do after University?

TF1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Social Networking Services like Facebook and Twitter damage our relationships with people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

TF2. Some people believe that university students should be required to do sports. Do you agree with this? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.

TF3. Do you think that students should have part-time jobs while they are studying? Support your opinion by using specific reasons and details.

TF4. Workers should try a few different companies before settling on a place to have a long term career. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should spend the same money on the University gym and the library. Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

TF6. Doctors should be paid when their patients are well, not when they are sick. DO you agree or disagree? Give specific reasons to support your opinion.

TF7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All University students should spend a year abroad. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

TF8. "Success is about hard work, not luck". Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.

TF9. Do you think that TV, newspapers and other media pay too much attention to famous people's personal lives? Use specific reasons and details to explain your opinion.

TF10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "Technology helps us learn". Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF11. Some people say "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF12. Some people prefer to live near the mountains. Others prefer to live near the sea. Which would you prefer? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

TF13. Some people like to travel without a plan. Other people prefer to book everything before they leave. Which do you prefer? Give reasons and examples

TF14. Some people prefer to work for a foreign company. Others would prefer to work for a Japanese company. Which would you prefer? Use specific reasons and details.

TF15. Some people prefer to work for themselves. Others prefer to work for a companyWhich would you prefer? Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

TF16. Some people visit museums when the travel. Others visit restaurants. Which would you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

TF17. Some people prefer handwriting essays. Others prefer to type them. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF18. Which would you choose: well paying job that leaves you little spare time, or a job with lower pay that leaves you time? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

TF19. A company wants to build a large wind turbine near your house. Do you support or oppose this? Explain your position.

TF20. It has recently been announced that a large supermarket may be built in your neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details.

TF21. It has recently been announced that a new coffee shop may be built on your street. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details in your answer.

TF22. The university is planning to make attendance optional. If you can pass the exam, you pass the course, even if you do not attend. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

TF23. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good friend? Use specific details and examples in your answer.

TF24. What are some important characteristics of a good co-worker? Use reasons and specific examples to support your response.

TF25. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good brother or sister? Use specific details and examples in your answer.

TF26. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good place to live? Use specific details and examples to support your response

TF27. What are some important qualities of a good boss? Use examples to support your response

TF28. What are the most important qualities of a good teacher. Give examples and details.

TF29. Which of the following is the most important when deciding where to live? Things to do, a short commute, or cost? Use reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF30. If you could change one important thing about the place you live, what would you change? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.

TF31. If you were asked bring one thing representing your home town to class, what would you choose? Why? Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

TF32. Imagine you have three choices to get from your house to your school: Bicycle, Bus or Train. Choose one and give specific reasons for your choice.

TF33. If you could donate a lot of money to a charity to help the environment, or a charity to help animals, which would you choose? Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

TF34. If you could study a subject you have never studied before, what would you choose? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

TF35. Your city is going to build a statue of a famous person. Who would you choose? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.

TF36. Your friend is visiting your country, and has only one day. Where should they go? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice.

TF37. If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would you choose? Use reasons and details in your response.

TF38. Nowadays, it has become easy to buy books, clothes and so online. What positive and negative effects has this had? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

TF39. People are living longer these days. What impact will this have? Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.

TF40. More and more people own cars. What impact will this have? Use specific reasons and details in your response.

AA1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, who would you want to have dinner with?

AA2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

AA3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

AA4. What would constitute a "perfect" day for you?

AA5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

AA6. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

AA7. In 10 minutes, write me your life story in as much detail as possible.

AA8. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

AA9. If you could learn one thing about the future, what would you want to know?

AA10. Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?

AA11. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

AA12. What do you value most in a friendship?

AA13. What is your most treasured memory?

AA14. What is your most terrible memory?

AA15. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

AA16. What is an embarrassing experience you have had

AA17. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

AA18. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

AA19. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

AA20. What is a problem you want advice on?

MORE QW1: A friend is coming to Japan. Give them some advice - what to see, where to go, what to eat etc.

MORE QW2: A student is moving to live near the university. What can you tell them about the area (things to do, places to eat, interesting things to see, best hanami place etc

MORE QW3: Are you a healthy person? Why or why not?

MORE QW4: Are you saving money for something? What?

MORE QW5: Describe your dream home.

MORE QW6: Do you like living in Tokyo? Why or why not?

MORE QW7: Do you think all first year university students should live in dormitories? Why or why not?

MORE QW8: Do you think everyone should do a study abroad? Why or why not?

MORE QW9: Do you think everyone should start learning English in elementary school?

MORE QW10: Do you think everyone should study music in elementary school?

MORE QW11: Do you think homework is more or less important than work in class?

MORE QW12: Do you think people in your country are getting more or less healthy? Why do you think that is?

MORE QW13: Do you think self-driving cars are a good idea?

MORE QW14: Do you think smoking should be banned in all public places?

MORE QW15: Do you think students should join a university club/circle? Why or why not?

MORE QW16: DO you think zoos are a good thing or a bad thing?

MORE QW17: How could you be more environmentally friendly?

MORE QW18: How could you use technology to learni a language?

MORE QW19: How do you handle "五月病" (spring blues)?

MORE QW20: How have you changed from your high school days?

MORE QW21: How will you use English after university, do you think?

MORE QW22: If you could be a famous entertainer or athlete for a day, who would you be?

MORE QW23: If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you change?

MORE QW24: If you could change something about yourself, what would you change?

MORE QW25: If you could choose to live in any city in the world, where would you live?

MORE QW26: If you could make one change to the university (classrooms, teachers, program, shops, sports, clubs) what would you change?

MORE QW27: If you had a stall at a Flea Market (フリマーケット), what would you sell?

MORE QW28: In what ways are music and language similar/different?

MORE QW29: Is it ok to keep unusual pets (flying squirrels, hedgehogs, snakes, spiders)?

MORE QW30: Is the purpose of a university to prepare people for work? If not, what is its purpose?

MORE QW31: Is volunteering important?

MORE QW32: Japanese Universities are making more courses that are studies in English. Is this a good idea or a bad one?

MORE QW33: Should attendance be a part of your grade?

MORE QW34: Should extreme sports in which people often die (solo rock climbing, base jumping, wingsuits, free diving) be made illegal?

MORE QW35: Should violent video games be banned?

MORE QW36: Should we go back to the moon? Why?

MORE QW37: Should young people live with their parents until they get married?

MORE QW38: Some people prefer to eat out. Other people prefer to cook at home. Which do you prefer?

MORE QW39: Some people prefer to study alone. Others prefer to study in a group. Which is best for you?

MORE QW40: Some universities give every first year an iPad, and all materials (textbooks, sheets, schedules) are on it. No paper is used. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

MORE QW41: Tell me about an important decision you had to take

MORE QW42: Tell me about what pets you have had / would like to have.

MORE QW43: Tell me about your favourite place to buy music/books.

MORE QW44: There are more and more security cameras in public places now. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

MORE QW45: What apps do you use most on your phone? What for?

MORE QW46: What are the good and bad points of using SNS (Facebook, Line, etc)

MORE QW47: What are the qualities of a good driver?

MORE QW48: What are the qualities of a good friend?

MORE QW49: What are the qualities of a good gym?

MORE QW50: What are the qualities of a good neighbour?

MORE QW51: What are the qualities of a good pet?

MORE QW52: What do you do to keep yourself safe (in the real world or online)

MORE QW53: What do you do when you are stressed?

MORE QW54: What do you miss about your high school life?

MORE QW55: What do you think about political campaigning in election season?

MORE QW56: What do you wish you had known in your first week of university?

MORE QW57: What do you wish you had known when you started secondary school?

MORE QW58: What is the best present you have ever received?

MORE QW59: What is the best thing about Japan?

MORE QW60: What is the best thing about university life?

MORE QW61: What shops do you like browsing (but not buying) in?

MORE QW62: What subject did you hate in high school? Why?

MORE QW63: What subject did you like most in school? Why?

MORE QW64: What was the most important invention of the 20th century?

MORE QW65: When you go to the movies, what option do you choose (dubbed or subtitles, 2D or 3D, afternoon or night show). Why?

MORE QW66: Which do you think is more important to study in secondary school: history or science? Why?

MORE QW67: Would you like to be self-employed? Or would you rather work for a company.

MORE QW68: Would you rather go without aircon in summer, or without heating in winter?

MORE QW69: Write about a time that you helped someone.

MORE QW70: Write about a time when someone helped you.

MORE QW71: Write about a time when someone lied to you.

MORE QW72: You are going on a very long trip alone. What will you take with you so you don't get bored.

MORE QW73: You won a free trip to anywhere in Japan for 3 nights. Where will you go?

MY OWN TOPIC: Write about anything -

JOURNAL: Write about what you did today

NYT650: Use a New York Times topic

OtheriBT:

Need more? Write your own and email it to me!

Option 1: Take a topic and change it

Option 2: Start a journal.

Option 4: Write a new TOEFL iBT topic

Option 4: New York Times

650 topics: (link)