Debating Toolbox. What is wrong with this argument?. Watch this short clip and discuss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTg2ExwioPM. They don’t set time to listen to each other’s ideas They have not thought about what they are going to say and stray off topic
This means, the characters are not really having a debate. A debate is an organised argument on a topic, with three speakers speaking on the affirmative, and three on the negative. An adjudicator then decides who wins.
Each speaker has different tasks.
First speaker –
Eg – Today I am going to speak to you about why dogs are better than cats. My team (Miss Jones, Miss Johnson and I) is going to convince you that dogs make better companions. First, I am going to talk to you briefly about the history of dogs in society and how they earned the label of man’s best friend. Then Miss Jones will discuss the roles of dogs as helpers in society for people with disabilities. Finally, Miss Johnson will discuss the role of dogs in border control and the emergency services. I believe that dogs make better companions because they are so loyal. An example of this… etc.
For example – I am now going to talk to you about the history of the relationship between dogs and man. First, I would like to rebut some ideas presented by the first speaker of the negative team. She claimed that cats are cuter than dogs but (holds up picture of an ugly cat) I challenge you to tell me why this (holds up picture of a cute puppy) is more loveable than this.