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.
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.
English, intercultural communication, discussion, debate
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Lectures are conducted based on the textbook. Homework assignments are given in almost every week.
|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|
A free textbook is distributed.
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%).
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.