The Art of Debate (PSK202)
In this class we will learn how to support an opinion with reasons and how to support those reasons with evidence. You will learn how to present arguments systematically and to evaluate arguments. Though this is a debate course, it could also be considered a course on how to persuade and convince people that your opinion is valid. Learning the skills associated with debate opens up opportunities in almost any situation where communicating one's opinion is important. Whether you want to negotiate where to go for vacation or whether to convince a colleague to accept your suggestions in the workplace, debating skills are essential in the modern world. Participants will have an opportunity to debate a topic during every class session. The topics will vary depending on the needs of the participants.
David Phillips earned his MAT in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California and has been working as an Academic English Instructor at Temple University Japan since 2016 and most recently, for the Plurilingual and Pluricultural Education Center at Meikai University. In addition to his university work, he also serves as an examiner for the Eiken Foundation of Japan throughout the year. Prior to living and teaching in Japan, he taught sociocultural anthropology to first-year undergraduates at the University of Washington and Intensive English courses at Seattle Pacific University for 5 years. David is focused on continuing to apply a sociocultural approach to every class lesson as a way to utilize student background knowledge and build co-created classrooms in which every student has opportunities to contribute and actively participate. When he is not teaching or publishing works on adapting materials for cultural responsiveness and autonomous learner development, he sings jazz and produces a music podcast called, "The Rhythm Circuit," which features a global listening base.
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