Debates on News Channels
How Can Debates on News Channels help learning English?
In this competitive world, almost very conversation heads towards a debate. Everybody tries to prove or defend his/her point. So it has become of great importance to have the skill to express opinions and to support arguments in a subject. Besides learning aspects such as accent, grammar, and how to write correctly, it is equally important to learn how to defend views in an English debate or expressing thoughts at a public meeting.
Watching debates can help English learners practice a wide range of functions including agreeing and disagreeing, negotiating, collaboration with others and so on. While watching any debate you must be on one side, and within you must think of counter statements constantly.
I believe if you listen to a good number of debates you will be capable of putting your thoughts to use in a conversation. In other words you need to listen to debates in order to be able to understand and speak, defending your own ideas.
Debates on News Channels You Must Watch
Meet the Press- NBC NEWS
Anderson Cooper 360° – CNN
The O’Reilly Factor -Fox News
John Stossel- Fox Business
Newshour Arnab Goswami- Times Now
Note: Our list is not indicative of any rating.
As a practice test, read the following paragraph and write your view in the comment box below
“In almost all EU countries, all secondary school pupils have to study at least one modern foreign language until the school leaving age. The exceptions are Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the UK. In some countries, more than one language is compulsory. Sometimes pupils have to start learning a language at primary school. Foreign languages are less often compulsory in English-speaking countries. This is probably because English is widely understood worldwide. This means that people who speak English often think they don’t need to bother learning other languages. In the UK (except Scotland), the government makes pupils learn a foreign language between the ages of 11 and 14. They do not need to study a language after this, but they must attend school until they are 16. In Scotland, the government does not make pupils study a foreign language. In the Republic of Ireland, all pupils learn English and Irish. However, neither of these is considered a foreign language. Pupils do not have to learn any other languages. Some pupils in Italy stop learning languages when they are 14. However, some schools in Italy, Ireland and the UK (including Scotland) make pupils learn modern languages until the school leaving age. Pupils in countries with a Baccalaureate system (e.g. France) must usually study a foreign language. The proposition must define this debate especially clearly. What age would pupils have to start learning a language? For how long? If they stay at school after the minimum leaving age, do they need to carry on learning a language? Do they have a choice about which language(s) to study? Would they have to take exams in the language? Source:http://www.debatepedia.org/