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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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KKENVAL3 Debating for Academic Purposes 2 ECTS
Organised by
Preceding studies
Introduction to Academic English course (4 ECTS) or a B1-B2 level course in some other foreign language.


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: C1
Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course the students will be able to

• use sources to research debate topics and prepare speeches
• construct arguments and use appropriate language in argumentative speech
• recognize and use rhetorical devices
• use language typical of debates
• give informative and persuasive speeches in a well-structured manner
• evaluate, analyze and react to arguments critically
• function in groups according to the roles prescribed by the debating rules
• control timing when giving speeches


The course will go through

• analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments
• analyzing and evaluating speeches
• practicing the structure and language of debate speeches
• debates according to rules agreed to in class (the British Parliamentary or the Australs format)

Teaching methods

The average student workload for a 2 credit course is 54 hours (2 x 27). This is a contact course with 26 h of classwork and 28 h of independent guided preparation.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
In English
Participation in course work 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Continuous assessment, satisfactory completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.

Study materials

Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.

Belongs to following study modules

Language Centre
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.