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Book Description

Book Publication Date:
November 13, 2013

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” ~ Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” In the Dickens’ quotation we find a contradiction. How can the “best” be the “worst”? Likewise, most debate coaches have differing interpretations about debating. As a debate coach, I emphasize the practical, namely, you learn to debate, by debating.

I dedicate this book to all teachers, coaches, and students worldwide, and especially to the non-native speaker of English. Since most books on debating are aimed at native speakers of English, this book addresses this disparity while still being useful to a native speaker.

For example, there are many practice activities, drills and exercises. This makes it a highly practical book for the non-native speaker, who above all else, will benefit most from such practice. Nonetheless, it also addresses debating theory, both inductively and inductively. Therefore, it is an excellent resource book for all debaters, debate coaches, and teachers to have.

Finally, debating helps you to understand that others see the world differently. This understanding promotes mutual respect and tolerance of diversity. In this way, debate plays a role in building a better world for everyone to live in…


What The Reviewers Are Saying

Excellent Summary and Handbook on Debating December

December 15, 2013
By Beach Lady

“If you are interested in debating, then this is the book for you. This book contains an excellent explanation of the benefits of debating, with a particular emphasis on debating as a way to supplement the learning of English as a foreign language.

As a teacher, I know the importance of teaching critical thinking skills. It is so easy to focus on memorization, or developing specific skills, but knowing how to think critically and how to use that skill in life and in communication is a critical component of the educational process. This book gives some excellent suggestions for using a formal debating process as a key tool for teaching and enforcing critical thinking as part of the educational process.

There are tons of examples of debating on an international scale, on specific topics for debates, and on how to evaluate debates. If you are involved in sponsoring a debating team, in working with a debating team, in having a son or daughter that is considering joining a debating group, or if you yourself are interested in learning more about this educational structure, then I strongly suggest reading this book. Clearly, the author is experienced and provides a front row perspective on teaching through debating. Very well done.”

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About profesorbaker

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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