📚 Pros & Cons: A Debaters Handbook


Pros & Cons: A Debater’s Handbook

Nowadays it seems that we can easily access every bit of information through the Internet but to be honest some quests can be a bit overwhelming due to the excess of data on some topics.

When I was starting as a language assistant  I was running out of ideas when looking for arguments to defend or to oppose a topic included in the themes of the A2 Spanish exam so I decided to take a quick break to clear my mind.

Somehow I ended up in the school library and I bumped into this new acquisition. It is an excellent book that contains in a very well structured and schematic manner. The book is divided into eight varied thematic sections:

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📚 + 📺 Ian Gibson on Spain 🇪🇸

Last night I was really happy to see this interview with Ian Gibson (Irish author and Hispanist) on a Spanish late night show called Late Motiv.

He’s been in Spain for a long time (60 years) and after watching the interview I feel like he knows us so well. People often find interesting the perception others have from us and in this case, I love how in such simple words he characterized Spain and its people with such detail. Bold and clear statements on:

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🏆Award: best student of Spanish in the UK 🇪🇸

For all those students of Spanish in their last year in the UK (Year 13 in England and Wales, Year 14 in Nothern Ireland or Secondary 6 in Scotland) who got really good grades, you have the chance to win a trip to Castilla-León (Spain) for two people. How?

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📍Auroville 🇮🇳 – (Revision) 🇪🇸


I was lucky enough to find a chronicle I can relate to most of the topics covered in the AQA A2 exam. It took me some time until I found the perfect story for my students’ revision time.

It is some info about a place called Auroville (in India) and the idea of a place with no official religion, currency and a very particular form of government seems fascinating to me and fortunately my students liked it too so feel free to have a look and use it in your lessons if you find it useful.

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For and against with Kanye West (Speaking)🇪🇸

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One glorious day one of my students decided to greet me with “Miss, Kanye is love, Kanye is life”. After my “good morning to you too” we all briefly discussed all this Kanye West phenomenon going on (his ego, his statements, lyrics, “epic tweets”…) and I was particularly interested in the Happy Kanye Sad Kanye moments (at some point he didn’t want to be seen smiling. See slide 3) since it was a perfect start to create a speaking activity for the students to practise their A2 Spanish Speaking exam (Part 1). And…I mean…after all, Kanye can never be wrong.

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