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English Debate Level 6 Set 1

Primary 5 – Primary 6

10 (Suggested)

1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Course Name: English Debate Level 6 Set 1

Level: Primary 5 – Primary 6

No. of Lessons: 10 (Suggested)

Lesson Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Instructors: Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.


The aim for this course is to use debate to develop reasoning and integrated language skills for students. Debating requires advanced oral presentation skills as well as logical deduction, which helps to enhance the cognitive development of young learners. We aspire to encourage students to develop better presentation and independent thinking skills with an ability to analyse different motions. By the end of this course, students will be able to conduct a debate on their own with in depth knowledge of debating, especially with that of NESTA style.


This course comprises three main elements: debate skills, teamwork and vocabulary building. A wide range of contemporary, controversial issues is covered in this course including modern day slavery, cruelty against animals and the positive and negative impacts of the internet.


Unit 1: Introduction to Debate

    • Warm-up game: True or false
    • Healthy eating
    • What is debate?
    • Have an opinion
    • Corner game
    • Responses: Agree or disagree
    • Are uniforms good for students?
    • Interviews and surveys

Unit 2: Supporting your Opinion

    • Warm-up game: Hot seat
    • Explaining your opinion
      – Trains versus planes
      – Vocabulary exercise
    • Convincing reasons
    • Compare and contrast
      – The country versus the city
    • Giving reasons

Unit 3: Brainstorming & Debate Delivery Skills

    • Warm-up game: World association
    • Internet safety
    • Brainstorming 
    • Brainstorm challenge
    • Debate delivery
    • Voice
    • Voice game
    • Suggested debate topics

Unit 4: Supporting your Opinion with Evidence & Research

    • Warm-up game: If I had one million dollars
    • Defining motions
    • Building a foundation
    • Types of supporting evidence
    • Language structures for giving supports
    • One, two, three game
    • Researching & rewriting evidence
    • Vocabulary game: Taboo

Unit 5: Introduction to NESTA Debate

    • Debate setup
    • Modern-day slavery 
    • Vocabulary exercise
    • Defining slavery
    • NESTA orientation: Watching a debate clip
    • NESTA code of conduct
    • Role-plays: Etiquettes and expectations
    • Teamwork
    • Team building game: Bomb!

Unit 6: Organising your Debate

    • Warm-up game: The whisper game
    • Speaker one: Debate introduction
    • Organising your debate
    • Signposts, reasons and supports
    • Components of a debate introduction
    • Strip speech competition
    • Debate introduction practice
    • Vocabulary exercise

Unit 7: Refuting Opinions and Challenging Supports

    • Warm-up game: Pass the story
    • Points of view
    • Types of refutations
    • Challenging supports
    • Evaluating evidence
    • Detective work: Asking questions
    • Challenging supports task

Unit 8: Speech Debates

    • Warm-up game: Categories
    • Debate flow
    • Brainstorming
    • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
    • Introduction and arguments
    • Refutation and summation
    • Speed debates
    • Roles in a debate

Unit 9: Debate Preparation

    • Warm-up compliments
    • Debate preparation
    • Research
      – Resources
      – Listing new vocabulary
      – Listing important points
    • Brainstorming
    • Introduction and arguments
    • Refutation and summation

Unit 10: The Final Debate

    • Warm-up game: Hot seat
    • How to judge a debate
    • Tips for debaters
    • Final debate
    • Giving feedback 
    • Course review