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Community Building in the ESL Classroom Speech & Debate Unit

ESL teachers often think of abstract ways to build a community within their classroom. The best way of doing this, while still adhering to a curriculum unit is by implementing some form of debate unit in the classroom. Debates give students the platform to build and develop their speaking abilities. This Collection gives an insight on how to properly administer such lessons and lists a number of lessons that are academically enriching and engaging.
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Community Building in the ESL Classroom Speech & Debate Unit
  • eltresource.com
    eltresource.com

    Staging class debates | eltresource.com

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    Ambar Paulino says:
    An excellent resource which provides teachers with access to worksheets on language to use during debates, ways of generating motions on different debate topics, how to address formal versus informal debates in the classroom, and how to provide students with appropriate feedback.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    A great resource for teachers working with low-beginner-intermediate students. This resource provides a number of different lessons for speech and debate units integrating global/social issues. I would recommend the "Controversial Topics" worksheets. This PDF worked particularly well with my advanced-level students. The pros and cons layout gave students a space to compartmentalize their thoughts and ideas.
  • Mini-Debates

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    esllibrary.com
    esllibrary.com
    Ambar Paulino says:
    In this resource, the ESL library provides 28 different mini-debate lessons teachers can use during a debate-driven unit. These are considered "mini-lessons” and include warm-up questions, reading, vocabulary words, and two statements for a debate. For intermediate-advanced students only.
  • esl.about.com
    esl.about.com

    Take advantage of different world view in ESL class with these debates

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    Ambar Paulino says:
    When looking for possible topics to present to my students for the unit, I found this website which presents a number of topics that are age-appropriate, culturally diverse and inclusive, and intellectually stimulating.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This video provides teachers with a number of speaking drills teachers can use in the classroom to prepare their students for a debate at the end of a unit.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    A video that outlines strategies and principles for debating in the ESL classroom. Outlines goals, assumptions, and provides a timeline teachers can use when conducting a lesson on debating.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This resource provides a working outline of what a lesson plan on debates would look like. It also gives teachers classroom management tips and provides advice on how to effectively conduct a debate during a lesson.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    As a new ESL teacher, I struggled with finding a credible resource that demonstrated how to effectively implement the pedagogical aspect of teaching ESL students speech and debate. This website lays out a six-class unit plan that can be adapted in different teaching contexts. ESL teachers can tailor the classes to address their student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. This outline gives a detailed timeline of what a working speech/debate unit follows.
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BloomBoard Asks:Do you have any suggestions regarding the certain topics that can be covered during a speech/debate unit in the ESL classroom? How would you go about choosing appropriate topics and deal with possible classroom management issues that may arise during the debates?