Nagano JALT:

Discussion and Debate Made Easy

Date: Sunday, June 17th, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Speaker: Charles LeBeau

More and more high schools and universities are including discussion and debate as part of their curriculum. But many students and teachers are unfamiliar with the techniques of discussion and the basics of debate. This practical workshop will focus on the basics of debate: how to build a case, how to present a case, and how to attack a case. In addition, we will look at 7 principles of discussion. Finally, this workshop will suggest ways for combining discussion and debate activities. Many simple examples and activities will be used from the textbooks Discussion Process and Principles and Discover Debate.

Charles LeBeau was once an aspiring jazz musician a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Since landing in Japan in 1982, he has taught in both the university and corporate worlds. Currently, he teaches at three universities and is on the faculty of the Toshiba International Training Center. His first book, Speaking of Speech (Macmillan) is widely used throughout Japan. He is a co-founder of Language Solutions Inc, a small, independent publisher specializing in texts for Japan and Asia. The Language Solutions texts, Discover Debate, Getting Ready for Speech, and Discussion Process and Principles are widely used in Japan with separate, localized versions published in Korea, China, and Taiwan. He is an award-winning presenter and will be a Featured Speaker at JALT 2007. Charles is currently working on a revised version of Speaking of Speech intended to reach a wider, global audience.

Organization: Nagano Chapter (formerly the Shinshu Chapter) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagano JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Irufu Plaza (ILF), Okaya, 3rd Floor, Room 1(Dai-ichi Kenshushitsu). Turn right outside Okaya Station and walk 3 min. through the shopping area.

Location: Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan


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