Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU)
This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of how different activities and formats of debate can be incorporated in an ELT context via online learning. It will showcase debate as an educational model that can not only develop fundamental academic and language skills, but also promote critical thinking and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). The session will support teachers by interactively modeling different approaches to conducting formal and informal debate-based activities, as well as highlighting the language and civic learning objectives that are targeted. It will involve discussion of debate as a mechanism for empowering learners with rhetoric, collaboration, creativity, civic-mindedness and multi-cultural awareness; thereby enhancing the complexity and quality of language use and engagement in the classroom and beyond.
Reece Randall is currently serving as a visiting professor at Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU) and president of KOTESOL Gangwon chapter. He is a South African with over 8 years of experience in the Republic of Korea as a scholar, director and educator in Busan, Seoul, Seongnam, Wonju and Gangneung. He brings a diverse skill set gained from a background in EFL pedagogy, financial management and leadership roles in academic programs – as well as volunteering for education, conservation, and community outreach initiatives – in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Welsh name, Reece, stands for “enthusiasm” – a wealth of which he has for his professional interests in organizational leadership, humanistic language teaching (HLT) and global citizenship education (GCED). He is driven to connect the world by fostering global competencies and intercultural communication via debate, media fluency and cultural literacy.