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.
Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20.
Presence, Participation in class, presentations and written work: 60%(CC)
Final exam: 40% (CF)
Programme grande école
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