English Debate Course Description
Course Title: English Debate
Course Prerequisites: Fundamental English, English Pronunciation, Oral English
Total Semester Credit Hours: 1 week
Lecture Hours: 0
Experiment/ Computer/ Practice Hours: 1 week
This is an intensive practical subject within the specialized course system, compulsory for undergraduate English majors and requires students to understand and practice British Parliamentary (BP) debating. Through the introduction of the BP debate format, the explanation of debater roles and basic debate skills, organized observation of debate tournaments, motions analysis, group discussion and debate practice, students are expected to develop their accuracy and efficiency in English language expression, to cultivate their global vision, to deepen their thoughts, and to improve their critical thinking by analyzing and solving problems dialectically. Meanwhile, excellent contestants will be selected for debate competitions at home and abroad.
Textbooks and Course Materials:
1. 樊启青.议会制辩论：架构与攻略[M]. 杭州：浙江大学出版社，2013.
Fan, Qiqing. Parliamentary Debate: Formats and Strategies [M]. Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2013.
2. Rybold, G. Debating in English: a Critical Thinking Approach to Effective Speaking [M]. 北京：外语教学与研究出版社，2010.
Written by: Qian Weiwei