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Debate is an excellent tool for teaching listening, speaking, and critical thinking for ESL students studying English for Academic Purposes.

Skills practiced:

  • Research
  • Group work and planning
  • Summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Persuasive speaking, including body language, eye contact, and rhetorical skills
  • Listening
  • Evaluating arguments
  • Notetaking
  • Critical reflection and response


Upcoming: Please Join us at TESOL 2016! –Friday April  8th 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm in room 347 at the Baltimore Convention Center

Pro or Con?: Implementing Debate in IEP Speaking Classes–8th Annual CCSF ESL Colloquium, March 7, 2015.

Pro or Con?: Implementing Debate in IEP Speaking Classes–CATESOL Annual Conference, Santa Clara, Oct. 23-26, 2014.


Lobar Glenn and  Carolyn Peipher teach at the International Education Center at Diablo Valley College, an Intensive English Program in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Beth Wadell teaches at Berkeley City College.


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