ERIC Number: ED365120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
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Interdisciplinary Dimensions of Debate.
Byron, Shelagh; And Others
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v16 p31-52 Sep 1993
This paper attempts to survey some of the activities that fall under the umbrella of "debate" at Hong Kong University by focusing on a variety of disparate practices across the university, ranging from one-to-one argument to legal moots, from informal classroom discussions to departmental and cross-faculty debating events and participation in international competitions. It compares views from different sources on the importance of development and demonstration of argumentative oral skills through the medium of English. It briefly investigates the questions of professional relevance and pedagogic purposes of training in oral argumentation within the different departments with reference to cognitive and language skills development, and describes the current approaches and activities supported by these departments as well as the cross-curricular activities of the Debating Society and the English Centre. The paper goes on to consider implications for the university-wide English enhancement programme and to recommend further involvement of the English Centre, both in support of existing faculty and student debate programmes and in furtherance of its own course objectives. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Identifiers: University of Hong Kong
Note: For journal in which this paper appears, see FL 021 693.