2019 Strategic Debate A

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Academic unit or major
Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership
Instructor(s)
Koizumi Yuto  Academic Supervisor 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(J231)  
Group
A
Course number
TAL.C601
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/12
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Experienced instructors use a textbook designed for this course to teach key expressions useful for debate and discussion. Students will learn how to organize their thoughts, state them in a logical and persuasive manner, and argue for or against opinions effectively. In each class, specific skills are introduced and practiced, and students perform debate on a given topic.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. organize their thoughts, state them in a logical and persuasive manner, argue for or against effectively, and thereby discuss and debate smoothly.
2. improve their English proficiency.

Keywords

English, intercultural communication, discussion, debate

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures are conducted based on the textbook. Homework assignments are given in almost every week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Proposition Speaking Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 2.
Class 2 Opposition Speaking Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 3.
Class 3 Connecting and Stressing Ideas Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 4.
Class 4 Using Rhetorical Questions Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 5.
Class 5 Using and Interpreting Facts Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 6.
Class 6 Presentation and Discussion Students must complete pre-class assignments for Class 7.
Class 7 Review Students must prepare for the final exam.
Class 8 Final Exam and Feedback

Textbook(s)

A free textbook is distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' grades are based on (i) pre-class assignments (40%), (ii) active participation in discussion and debate with independent use of the speaking skills introduced in the course (35%), and (iii) the final examination (25%).

Related courses

  • TAL.C401 : Global Presentation
  • TAL.C402 : Global Communication
  • TAL.C501 : Global Writing
  • TAL.C602 : Creative Discussion

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are encouraged to have taken Global Communication (TAL.C402) or other related courses before taking this course, but this is not a strict condition.

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