The Value of Debates by EFL Tertiary Students

Nourelhuda Elnasri Mohammed Ahmed


Speaking is significant for communication skill by English language learners because students must use language inside and outside classroom. English language has been learned for students since kindergarten up to university. However, the outcomes of learning language are not satisfied and most of students face difficulties towards communicating in English and most of them are not able to speak fluently in English. Thus, students should be trained having an opinion and introducing their ideas as well as explaining and supporting their points of views. This can be done by conducting a debate. Through directing debate students are anticipated to be more confident in presenting their points of view in different matters and circumstances. This paper highlights the importance of debate inside and outside classroom. It considers a classroom discussion as one of the most frequently used and often comprised pedagogical strategies. It aims to encourage students to improve participation quality and discussion effectiveness. This paper provides the relationship between debate and the enhancement of speaking skill. It displays the literature review that pertinent to debate in language learning and how students accomplish the process of learning English language. Moreover; it presents the concept of the debate as well as debate procedures and materials. This paper provides English Language Society (ELS), Faculty of Education, Al-Zaiem Al-Azhari University as an authentic example of the effectiveness of the debate in language learning. The conclusion is strongly encouraging students to train themselves in debate by explaining the benefits of debates to achieve the necessary speaking and presentation skills.


debate, participation, critical thinking, method

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