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Debate teaching

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Debate teaching

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  2. 2. Conducted By: Monir Hossen Lecturer Department of English CCN University of Science and Technology Email: monir.eng.cou@gmail.com Phone: 01733873084 Facebook: Monir Hossen Cou E
  3. 3.  What is debate?  Why debate?  What skills are needed?  How to design a syllabus that suits your students? 4
  4. 4.  A formal method of presenting arguments in support and against a given issue in which debaters present reasons and evidence to persuade an audience or a group of judges  Governed by some explicit rules 5
  5. 5.  A game or mental gymnastics: participants sharpen their thinking and speaking skills, find best way to win  A lab: one team tests its arguments against the ones of another  A way of finding truth: winning arguments should be truest arguments 6
  6. 6. Common terms  Resolution: a simple statement that is subjected to critical analysis.  Affirmative team: supporting the resolution (‘pro’ side); speak first  Negative team: opposing the arguments offered by the affirmative team and offering arguments against the resolution (‘con’ side)  Rebuttal: explaining why one team disagrees with the other team  Judge: neutral third party, decides which side is most persuasive 7
  7. 7. Resolution 8 Affirmative team Negative team Present arguments Listen & take notes Prepare rebuttal Present arguments Listen & take notes Prepare rebuttal Break Present rebuttal Present rebuttal 1 2 4 3
  8. 8. 9  Speech 1: first affirmative speaker introduces the topic and states the affirmative team's first argument.  Speech 2: first negative speaker states their first argument.  Speech 3: second affirmative speaker states their second argument.  Speech 4: second negative speaker states their second argument.  Give a 5-10 minute break for each team to prepare their rebuttal speech.  Speech 5: negative team states two rebuttals for the affirmative team's two arguments and summarizes their own two reasons.  Speech 6: affirmative team states two rebuttals for the negative team's two arguments and summarizes their own two reasons.
  9. 9.  Do your best to argue your side of the debate, rather than relying on your personal opinions -> Sometimes argue something that is against your personal views 10
  10. 10.  “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress” Mahatma Gandhi 11
  11. 11.  To provide meaningful listening, speaking, writing practice  To develop argumentation skills for persuasive speech and writing  To increase social skills and conflict resolution abilities  To enhance self-esteem and academic confidence  To lead to competitive success in the future 12
  12. 12. 13  Public speaking  Critical thinking  Note taking  Organizing  Researching  Writing  Listening  Teamwork and people skills
  13. 13.  Identify goals, length of the course  Determine needed skills  Compile input materials  Select resolutions, suggested ideas for both sides  Brainstorm classroom activities  Design test and assessment criteria 14
  14. 14. Support consists of evidence. There’re four kinds of evidence  Examples  Common sense  Expert opinions  Statistics 15
  15. 15.  Repeat the argument you’re going to refute  Refute – explain what is wrong with other team’s argument  Replace the argument with your argument 16
  16. 16.  thinking about how you think  process of asking, answering questions and trying to understand how and why you come to the conclusions  in debate: plan what to say, anticipate other team’s response, think of an argument to counter other team’s arguments 17
  17. 17.  Compare viewpoints of other people to your own ones  Find ways to ask questions that apply to many perspectives  Understand why some statements are correct, others are not  Understand how problem solving works  Establish criteria for making judgments  Present arguments in a constructive way… 18
  18. 18.  Select a topic  Choose a side: affirmative >< negative  Discuss in your team:  arguments,  possible counter-arguments  and find a way to refute them  Start the debate  Listen to the other team’s arguments  Take notes  Prepare to refute their arguments 19
  19. 19.  http://idebate.org  http://wiki.idebate.org  http://www.conservapedia.com/Debate_topics  ttp://iteslj.org/Techniques/Krieger- Debate.html  http://teachingdebate.typepad.com  http://www.educationworld.com/ 20
  20. 20.  Rybold, G (2006). Speaking, Listening and Understanding Debate. International Debate Education Association.  Ziegelmuellerm, G., Harris, S., & Bloomingdale, D. (1995). Advancing in Debates – Skills and Concepts. Clark Publishing Company.  Ruth Sunda, “Debate and Persuasive Writing”  http://thepeoplespeak.org  http://www.aracorporation.org/files/ARA_debates_Handboo k.pdf 21
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  22. 22. 23 Contact me: monir.eng.cou@gmail.com

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