Professional Writing and Discussions: Debating Masterclass
DozentIn: Andrew Jones, B.A., M.Phil.
Ort: 41/E11: Di. 12:00 - 14:00 (13x), 41/105: Di. 12:00 - 14:00 (1x)
Zeiten: Di. 12:00 - 14:00 (wöchentlich), Ort: 41/E11, 41/105
Beschreibung: Professional Writing and Discussions courses are advanced language courses designed for B.A. students who are in or have completed their 5th semester of studies and for M.A. students. Under the guidance of their course instructors, the course participants will undertake a more active and independent development of their language skills by applying them to a specific topic area. They will continue to train their productive and receptive language skills, further expand their lexico-grammatical knowledge in connection with the specialist language used in the course, and acquire supplementary cultural knowledge on English-speaking countries. Ultimately, the central aim of these courses, whatever topic area and skills focus you choose, is to facilitate students' transition into self-sufficient and proficient users of the English language. If you elect to take this course, you will be expected to attend class regularly and contribute actively and intelligently. Furthermore, you will need to complete a portfolio of written and oral tasks during the course of the semester.
In this particular course, we will place our primary focus on the language of debating, persuasion and argumentation. In this course, you will:
- train your critical thinking skills in contact with authentic, native-speaker debates
- expand your vocabulary on various current socio-political issues, as well as learning key phrases to develop your formal debating register
- identify and try out different strategies for forming and expressing spoken arguments
- develop coherent and logical statements in monologue
- hone your skills of speaking in dialogue in question and answer sessions
- practise your listening skills by viewing a number of debates
- utilise your writing skills by compiling the written portfolio for the course
You will be expected to:
- be prepared for, attend and participate in class sessions regularly.
- contribute to the class debates, both as speakers and as audience members.
- participate in one ungraded practice debate and two graded debates over the course of the semester.
- submit a 2500-word portfolio dealing with aspects of the course (e.g. reflections on your debates, learning diary, debate analyses).
Students wishing to take one of Mr Jones' debating courses should note that it makes sense to take "Debating Skills" first and the "Debating Masterclass" second. Accordingly, students who have already completed "Debating Skills" will have a higher priority for admittance to this course than those who have not. Up to eight spots in the course can be allocated in advance to students who come to one of my office hour on July 1st, 8th or 15th and confirm both that they are prepared to commit to taking the course and that they have identified topics that they would like to investigate for their class session. All other registrations are provisional and will be allocated based on factors such as level of need and semester of study.