Debate is an excellent tool for teaching listening, speaking, and critical thinking for ESL students studying English for Academic Purposes.
- Group work and planning
- Summarizing and paraphrasing
- Persuasive speaking, including body language, eye contact, and rhetorical skills
- Evaluating arguments
- 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.