Teaching Debate in Chile

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Thomas Baker has been teaching English as a Foreign Language in Chile since May 2001. He is happily married to a lovely Chilean lady, Gabriela, and has adopted the beautiful country of Chile as his home away from home. He regularly uses debate with his EFL students and has given numerous workshops and seminars to teachers in Chile about teaching debate to English Language Learners.

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago de Chile.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Liaison for Chile.

Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty two (62) books, all available on Amazon.

Thomas writes a successful blog, with over a million page views, called: Profesorbaker's Worldwide English Blog. You can see it here: http://profesorbaker.com/

Thomas gets his inspiration for his writing from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

Teaching Debate in Chile

Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope

Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker

Why should we teach our students to debate? Here's a global answer: "Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace... If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

This book is for teachers, students, and people who have a need to express their views clearly, while using their judgement to understand and question the ideas of others.

This book is not about how to use your words to take advantage of others. Debate, in my view, is not combat, it is not a battle with words used as weapons to hurt, maim, or cripple your opponent.

On the contrary, you will find my honest attempt to help my English Language Learners in Chile to seek the truth, to find mutually acceptable uses of language to better understand the rapidly changing world we live in today.

It is a world in which we are bombarded, literally, with massive amounts of information to persuade us to buy certain products, to vote for one candidate over another, to choose. This book will help prepare students to live in a world of choices.

Again, here is what you will not learn in this book: How to fight with words. You will not learn how to win arguments. What you will learn is how to have confidence in your ability to use words to make the choices life confronts all of us, worldwide, with. That is the reason why I believe it is important to ensure my students have the opportunity to develop this skill, the ability to think critically, and to express themselves clearly...

Publication Date:
1469995727 / 9781469995724
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6.14" x 9.21"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language

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