Current Affairs: Discussion and Debate
A knowledge of Current Affairs forms the bedrock of developing intellectual and emotional maturity in children. Helping children build awareness beyond the four walls of a classroom might seem like a tall task for both parents and students. However, in this workshop, students will be exposed to a range of media and topics while building on media literacy. We will teach students how to make sense of and form opinions about various news topics. Through reflection, they will learn how to analyse and grasp the context of articles and posts from each type of medium.
- Discussion and Debate
In this course of our Current Affairs series, we will be applying the research and critical thinking skills that we learnt in a series of discussions and debates. They will learn about speaker roles and structure in a debate setting. After which, they will apply their knowledge of PEEL in order to form sound arguments and rebuttals.
Students will take a proactive approach in conducting their own secondary research in preparation for various debate motions. Whether they are in the Opposition or Proposition team, students will benefit from applying themselves in both critical listening, thereby building on their delivery in public speaking. Suitable for students going to P5 and P6 in 2022.
Students will have a task at the end of every lesson. They are required to to do their own research and read up on debate topics before coming to class. Students should have attended Current Affairs: Research and Analysis prior to joining this workshop.
Transitioning to a new normal: Tenopy is giving back to our student community by reducing the usual charges of our holiday workshops by 50%.
Dec - Dec 2021
We will kick off this course by introducing the formal debate format and the roles of speakers. Students will learn what case-setting is and try their hand at debating. Following which, they will be informed of a debate motion for the next lesson. Students will conduct their own research prior to the next lesson.
This lesson focuses on applied rebuttal exercises. Students will learn how to debate as both proposition and opposition. By revisiting PEEL, students will learn to structure arguments and form rebuttals in real time during the debate process. Students will conduct their own research for a debate motion prior to the next lesson.
How does the whip influence the outcome of a debate? How do we evaluate the strength of an argument? These are topics we will tackle in this lesson as it all culminates in a full debate practice. Students will conduct their own research for a debate motion prior to the next lesson.
In this final lesson, students will be put through more debate practices. Before which, we will explore how all these ties in with our everyday lives and our consumption of media.
Celesta Chee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from University at Buffalo (State University of New York), and also attained a Diploma in TESOL with high distinctions from London Teacher Training College. She has taught at the primary levels for the past four years working closely with students from varying backgrounds in the English Language. She has also been involved in volunteer teaching programmes in South East Asia where she developed and facilitated foundational English programmes. Celesta believes that the approach to learning should be fuelled by curiosity and guided with the means to seek out the answer.