CGFE ENG 4151
2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom
Debating is a way of resolving differences without resorting to threat, manipulation, physical force or other means. It is part and parcel of everyday life as we exchange opinions with people having different views from our own. Competitive debating is simply a means of doing that within a more formal structure.
For some people debating is the foundation of democracy, certainly it is the basis on which public speakers like politicians learn their skills. It is also stimulating, demanding and a lot of fun, particularly in the format of ‘joutes oratoires’ that we will be adopting for these classes.
These are many and various but primarily the course will give students the confidence to speak in front of a group, the ability to present an argument clearly and convincingly, the capacity to look at arguments from both sides, an understanding and respect of others and lastly an appreciation of the importance of prioritising, introducing, developing and summarising arguments. Moreover knowledge of current affairs, an ability to research information and to have the flexibility to react rapidly to new ideas also figure among the key objectives of this course.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the competitive debating style to students who wish to improve their oral and listening skills in a stimulating way. The focus will be on expressing opinions and criticising those of others using many different language tools on the way. We will also be looking at debate in a wider context in the communication of ideas and the issues that stimulate debate.
Examples of recent debating subjects:
This House believes that privacy is a thing of the past
This House believes that women are turning into men
Students will go from little or no experience in debating to competing at the end of the course with the school that won the French Debating Association’s 2009 competition, (Paris II). This will mean representing the school, so a high value is put on the personal implication and participation of each and every student involved.
All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.
1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)
CF (both questions, common to all):
1. A summary based on three documents (1 video, 1 text, 1 graph) related to the same subject (up to 400 words) 1hr;
2. A discursive essay based on a topic evoked in the in the above documents (up to 400 words) 1hr.
General marking scheme (out of 20)
0 Work not done, incomplete or of insufficient standard.
1-5 Work completed, but of minimum quality, poor structure; irrelevant, unrelated illogical content; unstructured, very poor language makes comprehension difficult
6-10 Fair but many important mistakes, gaps, unclear structure, confusing, language
11-14 Good but some important mistakes or gaps.
15-20 Work done to a high standard with few or no mistakes.
Typical CC Assignments
1. a summary (to be set by the class teacher);
2. a discursive essay (to be set by the class teacher);
3. a 15-minute oral presentation with visuals based a topic related to the theme of the class;
Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’
Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.
CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.
For more information, please refer to the LSH website. https://lsh.imt-bs.eu/
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Class schedule ( Example) Available on Moodle along with all classroom documents, multimedia resources, handouts and debate motions
Class 1 Introduction to the parliamentary style of debating and debating in general. Key vocabulary list distributed and explained. Persuasion exercise, use of the conditional.
Class 2 First mini-debate. Introduction to fallacies with some examples. Note –taking techniques discussed. Some great speeches examined.
Class 3 Preparation for first Debate. Motion selected and roles distributed; teams, order of speakers, judges, timekeeper etc
Class 4 Respecting rules, first full debate, judging and awarding points
Class 5 Lessons learned. Language work, use of rhetoric, link words, emphasis, creating rapport, tripling etc
Class 6 Research for final debate, attribution of roles, practice debate in pairs
Class 7 Final debate in class
Class 8 End of course test and debriefing
*please note that this syllabus is tentative and subject to change