|This communicative, oral English course is designed to review existing communicative|
techniques and expand the students’ abilities to effectively use English through
exercising specific discussion techniques and a continuing, detailed look at debate as a
communicative tool for supporting and refuting opinions. It is strongly advised that
to fully integrate into this course, students first take Integrated Skills V.
|To exercise and develop English communication skills through debate.|
|The participating student will be required to attend 75% of classes in order to qualify to |
complete the course. Due to the nature of the content of study, in and out of class
participation will be weighed heavily in determining a student’s final grade. Also, a keen
interest in communicating verbally and in English on a broad range of topics and expressing personal opinions will be an asset.
|* short, topical group discussions based on learned discussion techniques and objectives|
* Wk 1-2: orientation, review of first semester
* Wk 3-5: refuting explanations
* Wk 6-8: challenging supports
* Wk 9-11: organizing one’s refutation
* Wk 12-13: debating an opinion
* Wk 14-15: flowing a debate
|A continual review of the previous weeks’ topics will be necessary to get a firm grasp of |
the format of debate.
|Discover Debate: Lubetsky, LeBeau, Harrington. Language Solutions.|
| Along with a good translation dictionary, a good university level learner’s English |
dictionary will be needed by all students. A valid, computer-based e-mail account and
internet access will also be useful.
|50% Final Debate presentation, 25% assignments, 25% participation|
|Students' grades will be determined by classroom participation (use of English in all activities and situations including communication with other students and the |
instructor, active input in group settings, timely completion of all assignments as required)
and each student’s ability to grasp, assimilate and utilize the techniques presented within the course.