ERIC Number: ED390304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Debate Is Perfect for Integrated Skills.
The use of debate as a technique for teaching integrated skills in English as a Second Language (ESL) is discussed and recommended. The paper argues that debate meets real-world communication needs and reflects a particular practical style of language use (persuasion), meeting expectations of the native speaker. Use of the approach in an intermediate-level two-year college ESL course is then presented in the form of a unit outline, including: directions given to students on the first day of class (assignments and teacher expectations, requirements, grading); a guide for planning a position paper; a sample position paper to be used as a worksheet; a sequence of events for a classroom debate; a debate evaluation form; brief descriptions of video prompts and positions to be used in each of 8 weeks; a list of other possible videos and topics for debate; guidelines for teacher selection of videos and topics, classroom presentation, and management of classroom interaction and assignments; and a sampling of student comments on the approach. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Integrated Skill Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).