Using Debates to Teach English

Course Instructor: 

Experience Level: 

Video Length: 

16 minutes, 32 seconds

Debating, a formal process to follow to argue a point or position, is an effective communication task to include in speaking classes in order to give students the opportunity to work on key speaking skills. These skills include offering opinion, agreeing, disagreeing and persuading. In this session we look at how to use debates in our speaking classes to fully exploit student experiential learning.

Course Agenda:

1. What is a Debate?
2. Debating in the Language Classroom
3. Debate Logistics, Structure and Content
4. Language for Debating
5. Debating Activities