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|Other Titles:||Incorporating Debate into Taiwan's High School English Education: Issues Regarding its Purposes, Content, Operation and Expected Benefits|
Angela Mei-Chen Wu
Office of Teacher Education and Career Service
Given the multifarious educational benefits of English debate and its long absence in local English curriculum, this paper argues that debate ought to be integrated into the cun-ent high school English cuniculum in Taiwan. To do so, the paper first reviews the pedagogical merits of debate and summarizes the current practice of English debate in secondary schools in non-English-speaking Asian countries just to illustrate that English debate has not received the attention it duly deserves in Taiwan. Using the theory of language socialization as a programdesigning framework, this paper then argues that English debate in Taiwan should include (1) competitive debate training to enable elite students to compete in local and international forensics events, (2) debate-like classroom discussion to equip all students with basic ability to engage in oral English argumentation, and (3) citizenship training to help students to live up to their rights and responsibility as e) member of a modern society. Possible forms of promotion and implementation in~ the above three domains are then proffered. The paper finally ends with a discussion of estimated benefits English debate training can bring about for local high school students and, ultimately, for the future development of our country.
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