The 2012 English National Public School Debate Tournament in Chile: Zonal Finals

Zonal Finals bring the 2012 Chilean National English Debate Tournament to a close

Source: Chile Ministry of Education – English Opens Doors Program

English translation by Thomas Jerome Baker

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Final Zona Centro – Debates en Inglés 2012
Colegio José Agustín Gómez de Valparaíso, ganador en la Zona Centro

The winners were Don Bosco Salesian College, Iquique, in the Northern Zone, the College Jose Agustin Gomez, of Valparaiso, in the Central Zone, and the Salesian Institute Valdivia, Valdivia, in the Southern

Photo: Team Final winner of the Central Zone, representing the College Jose Agustin Gomez, of Valparaiso.

After months of competition, yesterday, the winners of each of the Zonal Finals Tournament Debates in English, organized by the English Opens Doors Program (PIAP), were completed. The competition brought together all the winners of regional competitions, which were grouped in the Northern Zone, the Central Zone and South Zone.

All teams in the country had to prepare the topic, “Racism does not exist in Chile”, both for and against (pro and contra). The teams then had to defend the position that was randomly drawn on the day of competition.

Within this context, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, competition was held in the Northern Final Zone of Iquique, which brought together the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapaca, Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo.

The Central Zone Final took place in Vina del Mar , with the regions of Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins and Maule competing against one another.

Meanwhile, the Southern Zone Final was held on Thursday, August 9, 2012, in the city of Temuco. This event brought together the regions of Bio Bio, Araucania, Los Rios, Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes.

The juries were composed of professionals from the English Opens Doors Program (PIAP), as well as English teachers and local authorities of English from the regions of Tarapaca, Valparaiso and Araucania.

They were responsible for selecting the winning team from each of the zones.

First place honors went to: Don Bosco Salesian School, Iquique, in the Northern Zone, the Jose Agustin Gomez School, of Valparaiso, in the Central Zone, and the Salesian Institute of Valdivia, from Valdivia, in the Southern Zone.

“As a juror I had a very difficult task due to the excellent level of the teams that reached the Final Zone. It was very impressive to see young people exchange ideas and views on a subject as complex as racism, with great handling of the content, team strategy and delivery in the English language with high proficiency, “said Ricardo Contreras, Coordinator of Teacher Certification area of ​​PIAP, and juror Central Zone Final.

“It was also interesting to see in the audience many student teachers of English Pedagogy from the host university. The audience obviously saw the great level of progress that is possible with the students,” he concluded.

View winning teams by area


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Introduction

Teaching Debate in Chile

Available now at CreateSpace

By the end of November, my class of twenty-five 6th grade boys had finished their textbook and taken their final exams for the 2008 school year. Every student had passed and would be going on to 7th grade. But there were still three more weeks of school to go! What was I going to do in the final three weeks?

The purpose of this article is to share with colleagues how I used debates with my students during those three weeks.

Why did I decide to use debates?

There were two reasons I decided to use debates. First, I had used various forms of debate in the past as a classroom speaking activity. One of my favourites is the “Balloon Debate”.

In this activity, a group of four to eight students is formed. Each student chooses to be a famous person who is in a balloon that is rapidly losing altitude. The group can only be saved if one person sacrifices themself by jumping overboard. To decide who must jump, each student must give reasons why they should stay in the balloon.

The teacher and/or the class (by voting) then decides who has made the least persuasive argument. That person must jump. This process continues until there is only one person left in the balloon, who lands safely, winning the debate.

My second, and most important, reason for using debates with my class of sixth graders was because of a movie I saw, “The Great Debaters” (2007). It was directed by Denzel Washington. In it Denzel also plays the role of Melvin Tollson, coach of the undefeated Wiley College Debate Team of 1935.

The movie is based on a true story, the 1934 Wiley College Debate Team. They defeated the National Champion Stanford Debating Team. In the movie, Wiley College Debates Harvard in a thrilling challenge debate that was broadcast on radio.

If you like debating, that movie is a must see!

Let me describe the simple yet powerful scene that made me think to myself, “Even my sixth-graders can understand that”. Denzel is explaining his philosophy about debating. The room is full of nervous students who are trying out for the debate team:

Denzel: “Debate is combat. Your weapons are words. In a debate there is a “resolution”. One team, called the “affirmative team”, argues for the resolution. The other team, called the “negative team”, argues against the resolution.”

When I heard that, I knew that was “all” my students needed to get started debating.

For the full article, click here: http://ihjournal.com/debating-in-the-efl-classroom

Teaching Debate in Chile (Credit: Thomas Baker)

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The International Baccalaureate [Kindle Edition]

The International Baccalaureate [Paperback]

The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.

It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.

I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.

In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.

I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.

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Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

Thomas is also a past member (2011 – 2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the current HETL Ambassador for Chile.

Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty four (44) books overall.

The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

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How to Coach a Debate Team

How to Coach A Debate Team [Kindle Edition]

This book contains all you need to know to successfully coach a debate team. You may need to convince students that debate is a good idea, though. Here are six reasons:
1. Debating ability is a valuable skill.
2. Debate utilizes useful English.
3. It is a unique way to teach grammar.
4. It develops critical thinking skills.
5. It introduces global issues.
6. It develops research skills.

A more powerful reason to coach a debate team is given to us by Dr. Martin Luther King: ““Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace… If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

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The International Baccalaureate [Kindle Edition]

The International Baccalaureate [Paperback]

The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.

It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.

I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.

In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.

I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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