IIº TORNEO PREU ENGLISH
Debate offers English language teachers a way to combine practices of formal speaking and listening and reading comprehension. Krieger (2005) said that with practice, many students had obvious progress in their ability to express and defend ideas in debate.
When debate is used in English classes, all four skills of English language, listening, speaking, reading and writing, are practiced. Moreover, debaters need to master pronunciation of words, stress, vocabulary, brainstorming, script writing, logic building, argumentation and refutation. So practicing debate in English requires many skills which ultimately lead them to learn English.
In the environment of an English class, where learners have inadequate opportunities for practicing English in real-life situations, debating opens up opportunities for them to use language in the form of expressing opinions with logic.