Teaching Debate

Written by Samuel Wong
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If you've made your rounds on the debate circuits, and have been crowned the winner of many a debate, why not consider teaching debate? When you teach debate, you are sharing your winning techniques and skills with students who will look up to you and be eager to follow in your footsteps.

There are a multitude of books available to assist you in teaching debate, even if you've had no prior debate experience. Learning debate at the same time as your students will create an environment of cooperation and team building, as each person helps each other understand the subject matter.

More People Should Be Teaching Debate

There is no right or wrong way to go about teaching debate. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate good debate technique is to take your student or students to watch the goings on at a local debate competition. This real-life experience is more effective than watching a debate on television or on video, because they get the full spectrum of feelings and emotions that fill the air at a debate competition.

Teaching debate is one of the best ways to help foster and develop students' communication and reasoning skills. Too often, too much emphasis is placed on test scores and placement tests. When we end up caring just about the figures, we tend to place less importance on verbal skills, which is what is really important in the post-academic world. Teaching debate is a great way to give your students the skills and tools they need to succeed in the real world.


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