The benefits of debate


Have you ever been at a loss for words? Have you ever been afraid to speak in front of others? A simple type of exercise can help you deal with these two difficulties: Debate.

Not only  Debates help learn more on a subject, improves listening skills and communication skills, but it is also an excellent activity for language learning because it engages students in a variety of cognitive and linguistic ways.

Participating in a debate will put you in a position to defend a specific point of view. You will need to be convincing, both in tone and content, to win the argument. It doesn’t happen overnight, but developing the skills necessary to argue correctly will reward you in many ways.

It will awaken your curiosity and your critical thinking.

To defend a specific point of view you need to know what you are talking about. You need to research your subject and sift through different information to figure out which ones are true or not. Then you will need to select the ones that are going to help you make your case. These actions will reinforce your freedom of thoughts and teach you to take everything you read with a pinch of salt.

It will develop your open mindedness, empathy and tolerance.

You may have to defend a point of view with which you disagree, or at least imagine the arguments your counterpart will make to find the flaws in his or her reasoning. This will show you that sometimes you can agree to disagree, because the world is not all black and white.

It will enhance your organisation skills.

To make your point, you will need to have a clear objective. You will need to select from your research the appropriate arguments and examples to be convincing. You will need to connect all of these thoughts with the appropriate words in order to be effective and make your conclusion coherent.

It will provide you with greater confidence and better oral skills.

Having a clear train of thought, appropriate arguments and explicit examples will give you the foundation you need to be confident. The use of linking words and the change in tone you will need to use to emphasize your point of view may make you uncomfortable at first, but will soon become second nature.

Remember that this is an exercise, doing it once is not enough to see results. If you make a habit of doing it with different subjects, you will soon see that the path to making your point will become easier and easier and that speaking to someone convincingly will quickly become a natural thing for you.

The “7 Sentences Debate”card game and its extensions are sold in our store to allow you to debate with vehemence and humor on many subjects, whether in French or in English, in family or in class.

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