Group discussions & Debates

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A discussion group is a group of individuals with similar interest who gather either formally or informally to bring up ideas, solve problems or give comments.

Debate is contention in argument; strife, dissension, quarrelling, controversy; especially a formal discussion of subjects before a public assembly or legislature, in Parliament or in any deliberative assembly.Debate is a method of formally presenting an argument in a disciplined manner.[Is this a fact or an opinion?] Through logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are elements in debating, where one side often prevails over the other party by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue.

word building is the creation of a new word. Word building is sometimes contrasted with semantic change, which is a change in a single word's meaning. The boundary between word building and semantic change can be difficult to define: a new use of an old word can be seen as a new word derived from an old one and identical to it in form

Our lessons aim to help learners:

  • Make the discussion functional by clarifying the goals of each session to the group.
  • Try to keep the group on task without rushing them.
  • If the group starts to veer in the direction of negativity and/or pointless venting, ask them how they would like to address this.
  • Step back when a group is functional/functioning - help participants become independent learners; take control of their learning.