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Introducing Debate and Internet Research in English Communication Classes


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Title: Introducing Debate and Internet Research in English Communication Classes
Authors: Pittman, William
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2004
Citation: 長崎大学総合環境研究 6(2), p.71-76; 2004
Abstract: For the purpose of giving students practical linguistic, cultural, and intellectual experience with English, this paper presents a structure (in 3 or 4 lessons) for introducing debate and internet research to university level students. Teachers are introduced to the basics of debate, gathering information, sharing and countering opinions, and speaking in public. They also learn some specifics of debate, like how to create a Main Idea and how to find Support for the Main Idea. And they are introduced to techniques whereby students can efficiently gather and organize information from the internet to serve the purpose of their debate position. The first internet research lesson is presented in the classroom and is intended to prepare students for the enormous volume of information on the internet and to give them strategies to more readily identify what information is useful to them, and, more importantly, what is not useful to them. The second lesson is conducted in the computer lab and gives the students the chance to skim/surf the web, to find websites and articles that suit their research, that help them create a Main Idea and to find useful Supports for their Main Idea, and also help them save information so they can retrieve it easily. The third lesson occurs again in the classroom with the teacher assisting students in organizing their research, working out a Main Idea, identifying Supports from their research, and beginning to prepare their debate presentations. Finally it is stressed that internet research and debate are processes that must be repeated in order to solidify the students' understanding and confidence. Because it is necessary for Japanese university students to have competence beyond basic conversation, repeating the processes of internet research and debate is an important way to familiarize them with significant elements of English language cultures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/5431
ISSN: 13446258
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Appears in Collections:Volume 6, No. 2

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/5431

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