Due to teacher’s professional growth of debate knowledge, the content of this activity will be
dedicated to facing the teachers with troubleshooting exercises and challenging them to
discuss various strategies to enhance their rhetorical skills.
The ideas of warm-up tasks, lead-in tasks, questioning, cool-down activities and required
debate vocabulary will be fostered.

The experts from local community will share knowledge on good practices of debate
activities. Experienced debate teachers from debate-focused schools will share their
experiences and good practices among their partners and colleagues.

  • We expect teachers to be armed with rhetorical skills which they will share with their students
    and colleagues of their home schools. They will be able to:
    introduce argumentative strategies and techniques to students and colleagues,
  • train students to have a short, successful presentation,
  • teach students and colleagues how to make a basic, argumentative speech,
  • use/implement warm-up tasks, lead-in tasks, questioning, cool-down activities and
    required debate vocabulary in their lessons,
  • prepare their students to basics of debating,
  • share their ideas among colleagues from partner countries and gain knowledge.

Brief tips containing useful rhetorical and argumentative techniques will be created and
exhibited online on our website.

RHETORICAL PROS & CONS – DIARY of an online LTTA

DAY 3

Due to some health problems, we made some technical changes and found out that it was great to finish our three-day-meeting under the baton of Mr Miha Andrič – a director of ZIP National Debate Organization, Slovenia; a former debater, philosopher, lecturer and an internationally known debate coach. 

We experienced the rules of argumentation, debate games and various types of short and effective debates. 

A huge thanks to Miha and to all participants for their active collaboration and energy.

DAY 2

Eager to learn something new, we met again to study and discuss some Warm- up and Lead-in Activities which we found on the Internet and are clearly introduced by Jennifer Gobzales. Here’s a link to Cult of Pedagogy website: 

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/speaking-listening-techniques/

 

We were discussing a structure of a good argument, after watching a short movie on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zZ4YEuThRw called the art of argumentation & debate.

 

A list of the debate motions (resolutions) was edited during the session called Debating across curriculum.

  • This House believes schools are the best place to learn
  • This House claims online schooling brings more harm than benefits 
  • This House claims being a teenager is harder than being an adult
  • This House believes that government should make all rich people donate money to charity
  • This House would ban the animal testing
  • This House believes that better grades ensure a bright future
  • This House would ban the use of plastic bags
  • This House believes that GM food will put our health in danger
  • THB that peer pressure has negative effect on children
  • THB that disturbing videos should not be allowed on Youtube
  • THC that censorship is necessary in our society

During our session called Debating to learn Programme we came up with an idea of having an online debate session for our students which will take place on Tuesday, 8 DEC 2020, from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. We agreed to use low-prep activities like CONVER-STATION and SNOWBALL DISCUSSION and one of High-prep activities called PHILOSOPHICAL CHAIRS.

 

WE also discussed adjudicator’s tasks:

  • Listen carefully & take notes.
  • Be objective and keep an open mind – do not be biased.
  • Consider the given arguments (statements) & check if they were supported by various & true examples.
  • Check a structure of a speech and a language used in it, Was the speech persuasive? Was the language concrete, specific, precise, concise, constructive and appropriate?
  • Let the best speakers – (group) win.
  • The total number of points you give to each speaker/debater is 30. Keep in mind that in this case they are the cream of the crop. (It happens rarely.)
  • Provide post-debate comments in the shape of a sandwich.  Emphasize the good points, criticize the bad points and be supportive in the end. 

We experienced the rules of argumentation, debate games and various types of short and effective debates. 

A huge thanks to Miha and to all participants for their active collaboration and energy.

DAY 1

DAY 1

Participants form 4 partner schools (Serbia, Greece, Turkey and Slovenia) gathered online to learn about Facts and Files of Debate, Karel Popper Debate Format and Characteristics of Debate Language which were introduced by Mr Serhat Toker (a lecturer at Afyon Kocatepe University in Turkey).

After some lectures, we turned into debaters and enjoyed our workshops where we experienced the roles of proponents as well as opponents in a debate motion called “This house claims everyone should have a pet” following basics of good argumentation:

  • say what is going on and what a problem is
  • explain what hast to change and why the changes are useful
  • introduce your solution and explain why your solution is effective and fair
  • include a moral value

We experienced the rules of argumentation, debate games and various types of short and effective debates. 

A huge thanks to Miha and to all participants for their active collaboration and energy.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 

8.00 – 8.20  Introduction (Mrs Selda Eroğlu Seçme)
8.20 – 9.20   DEBATING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM  – workshop (Mrs Laura Timpano)
9.20 – 9.50      Short break
9.50 –10.00      Stretch break
10.00 – 11.30   DEBATING TO LEARN PROGRAMME – workshop (Mrs Selda Eroğlu Seçme)
11.30 – 11.40 Short break
11.40 – 13.00 WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY – workshop (Mrs Marjeta Bunford Selinšek)
13.00 – 13.30 Coffee and snack break
13.30 – 15.00   REQUIRED DEBATE VOCABULARY – workshop (Ms Biljana Višnjić)
15.05 – 16.00 DEBATE – SUM UP (Mr Georges Koutsoukis)

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 

8.00 – 8.20      Introduction (Mrs Marjeta Bunford Selinšek)
8.20 – 9.20      WARM-UP TASKS   (Slovene lecturer –  Mr Miha Andrič, director of ZIP National Debate Organization, Slovenia)
9.20 – 9.50      Short break
9.50 –10.00      Stretch break
10.00 – 11.30   LEAD-IN TASKS & workshop  (Mr Miha Andrič)
11.30 – 11.40 Short break
11.40 – 13.00 ARGUMENTATIVE STRATEGIES (Mr Miha Andrič
13.00 – 13.30 Coffee and snack break
13.30 – 15.00   BRIEF TIPS CONTAINING USEFUL RHETORICAL AND ARGUMENTATIVE TECHNIQUES  (Mr Miha Andrič)
15.05 – 16.00 POST-DEBATE DISCUSSION & ASSESSMENT   (Mr Miha Andrič)

Monday, 16 November 2020 

 

8.00 – 8.20     Registration & Introduction (Mrs Selda Eroğlu Seçme)
8.20 – 9.20     

DEBATE – FACTS AND FILES 

(Turkish lecturer Mr Serhat Toker)

9.20 – 9.50     Short break
9.50 –10.00     Stretch break
10.00 – 11.30  

KARL POPPER FORMAT OF DEBATE 

(Mr Serhat Toker)

11.30 – 11.40Short break
11.40 – 13.00

ARGUMENTATION 

(Mr Serhat Toker)

13.00 – 13.30Coffee and snack break
13.30 – 15.00  

EFFECTIVE USE OF LANGUAGE TASKS 

(Mr Serhat Toker)

15.05 – 16.00OPEN DISCUSSION