This week and next we will be learning about debate and public speaking.
We will learn about political traditions in some english speaking countries, try out different persuasive techniques, and use debate as a tool to explore the ideas you have learned about in class this term.
- Be brave – speak up, test out new ideas, don’t be embarrassed. We learn from our mistakes.
- Be supportive – listen attentively to your classmates, show respect for their ideas and opinions (even when you don’t agree).
Political debate in the English-speaking world
Debate in the British House of Commons is often aggressive.
Some people think this is a very democratic tradition. Others say that it gets in the way of serious argument, and turns politics into an upper class sport.
American politicians use a lot of patriotic rhetoric and often talk about their life story.
This is the speech that made Barack Obama a star:
How similar do British and American conventions compare to political debate in Sweden?
Hearts and minds
I muntliga framställningar i olika genrer kan eleven formulera sig varierat, tydligt, sammanhängande och strukturerat… med anpassning till syfte, mottagare och situation.
This is not a bad recipe to have in mind:
- Adapted to the audience, purpose, and context.
If you want to capture your audience’s imagination, logical reasoning and evidence are not usually enough. You need to speak to their hearts as well as their minds. One way to do this is to tell a story.
Some of you have been preparing arguments for a manned mission to Mars. What story would you tell to get an audience of your classmates interested?
Here is a clip of the speech US president John F Kennedy gave in 1961 declaring his intention to put a man on the moon within a decade. This would be one of the most expensive government projects in American history. How does he sell his vision?