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This is entitled "Introduction to Argumentation for Debaters." The presenter is Dr. Alfred Snider of the University of Vermont . This took place at the Third World Schools Debate Academy, held 2-9 July 2011 in the beautiful Julian Alps , Kranjska Gora , Slovenia and held at the lovely Hotel Kompas, a fabulous four star hotel in a wonderful location.
The Importance of Communication Skills Communication skills—both oral and written—are consistently ranked at the top of the list of skills that employers find most attractive in new college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and their annual Job Outlook Surveys. However, the primary complaint from employers about new college graduates is that they lack the requisite speaking and writing skills necessary to perform well in their jobs.
When my wife and I decided to team-teach this semester, we were mindful of several challenges: keeping the class from turning into a marital soap opera, modeling for students not only divergent academic perspectives, but how those perspectives connect (see this helpful Tomorrow’s Professor post ), and keeping the focus on the class on the Honors program learning objectives. The biggest challenge, at least at first, seemed to be about technology and pedagogy: How would we balance her preference for papers and exams with my own interest in a variety of born-digital assignments? It turns out that this has been less of a problem than we expected. In part, this is about sequencing.
Cross-Examination/Oregon-Oxford/Forensic Debate - traditional debate format used in elementary, high schools and colleges all over the country. - There are 2 sides in this format : the Affirmative and the Negative. The Affirmative proves the validity of the issue or topic called the Proposition while the Negative disproves it. Each team has two speakers and one scribe. A Debate Moderator enforces the rules to ensure the debate’s smooth conduct. - Each speaker delivers one Constructive speech, one Rebuttal-Summation speech and gets to cross-examine his opponent. - This is the format of choice for topics requiring more than superficial research.
Rules on an Oxford-Oregon Debate: Format of Debate - Oxford-Oregon Type Three Speakers from each side First Affirmative - Constructive Speech First Negative - Interpellation of the first affirmative Speaker First Negative - Constructive Speech First Affirmative - Interpellation of the first negative speaker Second Affirmative - Constructive Speech Second Negative - Interpellation of the second affirmative Second Negative - Constructive Second Affirmative - Interpellation of the second negative Third Affirmative - Constructive Speech Third Negative - Interpellation of the third affirmative Third Negative - Constructive Speech Third Affirmative - Interpellation of the third negative
Classical Rhetoric 101: An Introduction
Paper Assignments Types of Analysis: This tends to be where instructors differ. Some have students analyze essays in the textbooks; others have students bring in their own sources. Some focus more on understanding a text's purpose, while others concentrate on deconstructing a text's argument.