Debate Skills for Presentation, Writing and Interviews

Conducted by
Professor Logandran Balavijendran
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Office : 151326, Office Tel : 02-820-5586

This course attempts to use debate as a platform to teach, practice and develop dynamic speaking skills and then help students adapt these skills to presentations, writing and interviews. Along the way students will develop critical thinking, listening skills and teamwork. The course will rely heavily on activities and assignments, and will be conducted entirely in English (but this is NOT a course about English!).


  • To teach students debate as a platform to practice and develop effective skills expressing, presenting and speaking in English
  • To teach students to use debate skills for practical purposes with specific focus on Presentations, Interviews and Academic Writing
  • To develop critical thinking, listening and teamwork
  • To give students safe and encouraging environment to practice expressing themselves in English

Class Policies

Language - This class is done in English but is not a class about English. That means I will not be teaching you English in class, nor will I be grading your English (pronounciation, grammar, spelling etc). However if you have questions about the language, please feel free to talk to me about it and I will gladly help you. That said, one of the objectives of this class is to build your confidence using the English language, so all communication (even group assignments) should be done in English.

Assignments - Almost all assignments in class can be re-done, either to get a better score or just to try a different style. All assignments must be redone at most one week after I give you back the assignment, and the topic (or some other component) must be changed. More details will be provided in class.

Evaluation - The emphasis of evaluation for this class is more practical than theoretical, therefore we won't be using a textbook and the majority of your grade will come from assignments. That said, theoretical understanding is also important, so a part of your score will come from quizzes. All quizzes will use material from this website and what was discussed in class, and will be announced at least one week before. The evaluation plan is as follows

  • Assignments - 60%
  • Quizzes - 30%
  • Participation - 10%

Lesson Plan

This is a brief overview of what we will cover this semester. Other items may be added as required.


  • What is an argument? How do we argue?
  • Notes : Types of Arguments
  • Homework - Pro and Con arguments for Any Topic