Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade

Subiect: Clase de Limbi
Durata: 50 min
Obiective:

The students will be involved in a classroom debate.

The students will learn how to develop affirmative and negative positions.

The students will learn to practice expressing opinions.

To develop public speaking skills.

Pregătirea:

Teacher chooses a topic for the class debate.

Descriere:

Warm Up (5 minutes):

The teacher writes on the blackboard the question “What is your opinion on: Why is it so necessary to expose one’ s personal experience into the novel? should be written on the board.  The students are given a few minutes to think of and write down their pros or cons about the topic.  After students are finished, the teacher divides the class into two groups of an even number of students.

Group activity (40 minutes):

After students have been separated into an affirmative team and a negative team, the teacher writes the following resolution on the board;

“Resolved: Why do you think love is so frequently mentioned in literature ?

The affirmative team (pro resolution) present their opinion and come up with several reasons that support their position.  The negative team present their opinion (anti resolution) and come up with several reasons that support their position.  Both groups assign two people the role of spokesperson to deliver the teams arguments to the class.

The first affirmative speaker

After a few minutes, the first spokesperson from the affirmative team gives a speech defending their position.  The spokesperson is allotted five minutes to speak.  While this person is speaking, the other team is quite.

The cross examination and preparation time

After the spokesperson for the affirmative team finishes their speech, the negative team asks questions to the affirmative team. The affirmative team should be allotted 5 minutes to ask questions spokesperson to answer.

The first negative speaker

After a few minutes, the first spokesperson from the negative team gives a speech defending their position.  The spokesperson is allotted five minutes to speak.  While this person is speaking, the other team is quite.

The cross examination and preparation time

After the spokesperson for the negative team finishes their speech, the affirmative team asks questions to the affirmative team. The affirmative team should be allotted 5 minutes to ask questions spokesperson to answer.

The second affirmative speech

After 3 minutes, the spokesperson from the affirmative team should give the final affirmative speech defending the topic.  This speech should be a direct response to the negative team’s speech.  The spokesperson should be allotted five minutes to speak.  While this person is speaking, the other team should be quite.  After the spokesperson has finished, the negative team should have 3 minutes to prepare the spokesperson for their speech.  There should be no cross examination time to question the affirmative team.

The second negative speech

After 3 minutes, the spokesperson from the negative team should give the final negative speech arguing against the topic.  This speech should be a direct response to the affirmative’s last speech.  The spokesperson should be allotted five minutes to speak.  While this person is speaking, the other team should be quite.

Assessment (5 minutes):

As the round comes to an end, the teacher should use the round as an opportunity to involve students to draw the conclusions of the debate.