Speaking, Listening and Understanding: English Language Debate for Non-Native Speakers

Speaking, Listening and Understanding: English Language Debate for Non-Native Speakers

Speaking, Listening and Understanding: English Language Debate for Non-Native Speakers

Speaking, Listening and Understanding: English Language Debate for Non-Native Speakers

Synopsis

Gary Rybold debated his first round in 1965. Since 1993, when he started coaching at Irvine Valley College in California, his teams have placed first or second in national rankings 17 times. In 2003, he conducted the first IDEA debate training in China.

Neill Harvey-Smith is a communication consultant with Garnett Simpson. He is a former Chief of the World Debating Council, and author of The Practical Guide to Debating.

Excerpt

Speaking, Listening and Understanding is an introductory guide on how to debate. It is especially written for people who speak English as a second language.

Gary participated in his first debate in 1965. Neill made his first speech in 1996. Since then, we have met thousands of people who have found that the world of debate opened the doors of knowledge. At the heart of debate is a sharing of ideas and information. Ultimately, this book is about that sharing. We will share information that should help you get started in formal debating. Then, once you debate, you will share your ideas on a variety of topics. As you share, you will also learn new concepts, a new vocabulary, and a love for the exchange of ideas.

The aim of this book is to provide a simple debate text for new English language students, without the complexity or excessive cultural references that can make learning difficult. It was written with non-native English speakers in mind.

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