Essay topics, taken from Selectividad exams, divided into different categories in order to help students write compositions.


  • Should teenagers decide about their own future alone or guided by their parents?.
  • What could the government do to help teenage careers?.
  • What do you think are the biggest problems  for teenagers nowadays?.
  • How do you meet new friends?.
  • Tattoes, piercings, clothes, hairstyle... do you like to follow trends?.
  • What experiences would you like to live before you are old and why?.
  • Would you like to take part in the Erasmus Programme in the future?.
  • Why are some brands so popular with teenagers?
 Free time activities

  • What are your free time activities?. 
  • Do you think some sports are better than others?.
  • Do you prefer conventional or extreme sports?.
  • What types fo films do you prefer?.
  • Do you like mystery stories?. Discuss and summarises one of these stories.
  • Do you like reading or watching TV? What kind of stories do you prefer?.
  • Can watching TV provide the same benefits as reading a book?.
  • What ,for you, is the most important holiday of the year? Why?.
  • What are the benefits of spending time outdoors? Why is it important?.
  • Tell a story that you know.
Healthy life 

  • Do you think young people eat too much junk food?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of eating fast food.
  • What can you do to have a healthy lifestyle?.
  • What do you think you could do in your daily routine to have a healthy lifestyle?.
  • Describe one habit you don't consider healthy.
  • How important is sleeping for you? Why?.
  • What do you do to be fit?.
  • The importance of keeping fit.
  • Does alternative medicine really work?. 

  • Do you think people pay more attention to the environment in order to prevent natural disasters?.
  • What can be done to improve environmental conditions?. 
  • How will global warming affect our lives in the future?.
  • What is your opinion about recycling and what do you do about it?.
  • Write about the excess of waste affects the environment.
  • How will climate change affect your daily life?.
  • What must governments do to reduce the consequences of climate change?.
  • How can you contribute to preserving the environment in your daily routine?.
  • What can we do to help the environment?.
  • Do you think fighting climate change should be a real priority?, Why?.
  • Will our children live in a worse environment than we do?.
New tecnologies. The internet 

  • What do you normally use the internet for?.
  • Would you like to use the internet to meet other people?.
  • Good and bad uses of new technologies.
  • Computers, mobile phones, game consoles... What's your favourite technological device? Why?.
  • Which invention or inventions have changes the world the most and why?
  • Would you live for four weeks without television, the internet, video games or your mobile phone?.
Social topics 

  • Would you like to work or volunteer for an emergency service? Why?.
  • There is no agreement on how government could spend public money: education, health, culture, environment etc...
  • Smoking is a social problem nowadays.
  • What are the effects of immigration in the life of your country?.
  • In what ways do you notice that we are in the middle of a serious crisis?.
  • Would you emigrate to another country to start another life?.
  • What measures could be taken to solve the problem of illegal immigration?.
  • Would you like to go to Africa and help people there?.
  • What are the problems affecting children in poor countries?
  • Would you like to go to an underdeveloped country?
  • The first world should contribute to finding a solution to African's problems.
Travelling / foreign country

  • Would you live in a foreign country?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of living in a beautiful area like the Caribbean.
  • Would you like to visit England?.
  • Where would you like to travel?.
  • Describe one of the school trips you have been on.

  • What do you think of having pets at home?.
  • Do animals contribute to make our lives easier or better?.
  • Discuss the importance and problems of animal in modern urban societies.
  • Do humans have the right to manipulate animal life?.

  • Would you prefer to learn at home instead of having to go to school? Why?.
  • Discipline in schools.
  • Would you like to be a teacher?
  • I spent some of the best days of my life at school.
  • School violence is a serious problem in schools.
  • Describe your experience at high school.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile phone devices at school.
  • Do you think school life is stressful?.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to university?.
Mass Media 

  • Gossip and yellow journalism in Spanish media.
  • Would you like to become famous and appear on TV?.
  • Do you read celebrity news?.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of being a celebrity. 
  • What's your opinion of celebrity gossip?.
  • Does advertising influence people?.

  • Some British and American traditions have become popular in Spain.
  • What's your favourite celebration of the year? Why?. 
  • Describe your favourite festivities of the year and explain why you like them. 

  • Describe your ideal friend. What do you think he/she should be like?.
  • Describe your ideal husband, wife or partner.
  • Describe your ideal teacher.

  • Do you think learning other languages is important nowadays? Why?.
  • Studying English abroad.
Men and women

  • Men and women's new roles in society.

  • Have you ever seen or had an accident? What happened?.
  • Write something funny that happened to you or someone you know.
  • What's the biggest lie or fantasy you have ever been told?.
Uncategorized topics

  • Married or single? Advantages and disadvantages.
  • Does money bring happiness?.
  • What are the most important things in life? why?.
  • What kind of prize would you like to win?. 
  • Do you believe in life in outer space?.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of living in the city and living in the country.
  • Would you like to have supernatural powers? Why?.
  •  What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of living up to 100 years of age?.

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