NOVEMBER - Debate and Argumentation - sources

  • Dear Yellers,
    all the sources are reccommendations - your YEL club can use treir own procedures and sources to develop the skill of the month :) Please dont try to learn everything or memorize, the purpose of the start is to get a lot of imput to understand basic of these skills.


    I. DEBATE:

    WHAT IS DEBATE?

    1. a formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in a parliament. In a debate two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue
    2. an argument or a discussion expressing different opinions
    (
    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


    WHAT IS DEBATE GOOD FOR?
    During any debate, participants share their knowledge and skills to discuss particular topic. The basic purpose of any debate is to present arguments in structured manner. Debates usually preceed a decision (e.g voting).

    Debates are very important in wide range of situations, especially to decide on very important matters as well as to gain vital information about it. Debates are present in parliamentary and government procedures, law courts, any kind of management and buisness. Of course every relationship (frienship, family, ...) involves debates in more or less formal or stuctured form.

    HOW DEBATE IS TRAINED?
    The debating skills involve many vital skills for life - especially communication and argumentation. There are many debate training formats. For the purpose of the project de recommend to use the Karl Popper Debate format. Please click to get detailed information from THIS DOCUMENT. We reccomend the clubs to read the information and discuss it during a meeting (coud be done by more experienced debaters in club).   Please watch THIS VIDEO to watch an example of Karl Popper Debate.

    DEBATE DISCUSSION.
    Watch any debate. Discuss in club the importance of debates.

    Basic sources:
    http://idebate.org/ (general)
    http://idebate.org/training/resources/all (for teachers and trainers)

    II. ARGUMENTATION - BASICS:

    WHAT IS ARGUMENT?
    - a reason or set of reasons that somebody uses to show that something is true or correct
    (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

    WHY IS ARGUMENTATION IMPORTANT? (inc. exercise)
    Please read the document. 


    ONLINE SOURCE THAT CAN BE USED:
    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD: MARIANNE TALBOT - CRITICAL REASONING FOR BEGINNERS (VIDEO PLAYLIST)

    More sources will be published. Please if you want to share more information - do so in the Forum.
     

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