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Using Debate for English Language Learning with High School Students

I found these resources helpful when teaching debate to intermediate level high school students. Debate really helped my students improve speaking capacity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills. It also works well in a multi-level classroom. The best part is that it forces every learner to talk and easily quadruples student talk time!
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Using Debate for English Language Learning with High School Students
  • debate.uvm.edu
    debate.uvm.edu

    Student Guide to Public Forum Debate

    30 minute read
    Krista Greiner says:
    This guide is geared to help students understand the basics of public forum debate. It overviews the entire debate, but does not provide so many details as to be tedious. I like to use it as a handout before starting the actual debates.
  • eastmont206.org
    eastmont206.org

    Full Public Forum Debate Breakdown

    60 minutes minute read
    Krista Greiner says:
    I read this guide front to back before I started teaching debate and I found it extremely helpful! It describes each speech and section of the debate in detail and let me gauge how to adapt a full debate for ELL students while keeping the integrity of the competition intact.
  • Krista Greiner says:
    This curriculum provides a good overview of the basic debate skills in a logical and progressive order. For lower-intermediate I would stretch it out to 12 weeks or units. Several of the concepts are quite high-level.
  • theguardian.com
    theguardian.com

    Why Debate

    30 minutes minute read
    Krista Greiner says:
    This opinion article describes why debate is important and the skills that should be focused on and gained through debate in the classroom. It explores the value of debate, beyond public speaking and gives the teacher a better view of what to focus on.
  • Krista Greiner says:
    This video gives great advice on how to be a good debate teacher and the unique classroom management skills it takes to teach debate. I would add that using visible, large timers helps with time management.
  • parentingscience.com
    parentingscience.com

    Does Debate Matter?

    30 minute read
    Krista Greiner says:
    This review focuses on how to choose an appropriate debate curriculum. It provides insight as to which questions need to be asked when designing a debate course. It's definitely helpful to read before you design your course, and maybe as you go along.
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