We are planning to make debates next week on some particular topics. By doing so, we will be able to asses our students’ both listening and speaking abilities and at the same time we’ll be able to see whether they’re at the level or not.
Here is how we arranged the classroom debates:
1) There will be eight groups of students in each class.
2) Students/teacher will choose among the following topics . This will be a “for” or “against” argument. So, one group will be “for” the idea, and the other group will be “against” the idea. Students can use statistics, facts, documents, etc. to support their argument.
b. Has technology improved students’ performance in the lessons or has it made them more passive ?
c. Should Turkish university students pay more for their education like those abroad?
* Teachers are expected to tell all the quarter-final, semi-final, and final debate topics to their students so that students can prepare better.
3) Each student in each group is expected to talk for four minutes on average, which makes a total of 12 minutes for each group-and 24 minutes for two groups. Before the end of the debate, one student representative from each group will talk about three minutes to wrap up their argument. And to prepare to do this , they will be given three minutes. All these are expected to take about 33-35 minutes. Since this is a debate, students may interrupt the speakers politely, and ask questions/make comments, etc.
4) The winners will be chosen based on the total score of the group. Let’s say, students in the first group got 81, 69, and 92, which makes 242 points. Students in the other group got 78, 66, 94, which makes 238. So, the winner will be the first group. Students will be evaluated according to the speaking exam criteria.
5) The debates will start on Tuesday (quarter-finals) and each lesson will be allocated for one debate. So, by the end of Tuesday, there will be four winners. (Monday will be allocated for questions by students and preparations.)
6) The next day, Wednesday, will be allocated for the semi-finals, when the four winners will compete against each other. The first and the third lessons will be allocated for the preparations as a group. So, there will be two winners by the end of the day.
7) Thursday can be used as a revision day, or teachers can spend it the way it will be beneficial for their students.
8) Friday will be the day for the final. The two winners will defend their theses against each other, and the winner will be rewarded by the administration. The second lesson will be allocated for the final debate.
As you see we are planning to reward our students for their success, which will motivate them 😉
What about you?
Are you doing similar things in your classes? I really wonder how similar and how different the procedures are.