This, along with the PechaKucha night, must have been the highlights of the IATEFL 2011 Brighton conference. The motion for the ELT Debate was 'Tweeting is for the birds, not for language learning', with Alan Waters speaking for the motion, and Nicky Hockly, against.
Here is an opportunity for those who haven't had the chance of watching a live debate in action to do so. The format of the debate differs slightly from the system I have been advocating for use in the classroom, but the essence remains the same.
Listen out for key points in debating:
- Language style
- Support (quotes, statistics, analogies, case studies, etc.)
- Clarity & logic
- Expression & delivery
So, watch this entertaining debate, and I hope it will inspire you to hold one of your own in your class/school. Please read the following: