Debating in English (Advanced Lesson)

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In today’s fast-paced world, effective communication skills have become more essential than ever before – and for students, mastering the English language is a crucial part of this process. One often overlooked but incredibly powerful way to sharpen these skills is through the art of debating. In this English lesson, we will explore the value of engaging in debates as a means to not only improve a student’s English proficiency but also foster critical thinking, active listening and persuasive argumentation – all vital components of successful communication. So grab a cup of tea, get comfortable and let’s dive into the rewarding world of debating!


We are going to debate the subject below. I will give you 20 minutes to prepare an argument for or against the resolution below. You can choose to be either for or against the resolution. Once you have chosen I (the teacher) will choose the oposite.

Firstly: choose whether you want to be for or against the topic.

Secondly: take 20 minutes to research and prepare your argument. Make notes, prepare an opening statement, explain your stance.

Thirdly: we will debate and discuss the question.

During our arguments you must take notes about the things I say so that you can offer a rebuttal.


VIDEO: (How to debate)


Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

a. Topic introduction:    Explain the debate topic, its significance, and why it is relevant for discussion.
b. Debaters’ introduction:     Introduce each team’s members and their respective positions (for or against).

Opening Statements
a. Affirmative Team (for):     Present arguments supporting the lowering of the voting age to 16.
b. Negative Team (against):     Present arguments against lowering the voting age to 16.

a. Affirmative Team:     Address and refute the points made by the Negative Team.
b. Negative Team:         Address and refute the points made by the Affirmative Team.


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