Debates about Educational Issues: A Pedagogical Strategy to Explore Argumentative Skills in the EFL Classroom

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Ángela Vanesa Duarte Infante
Sandra Milena Fonseca Velandia
Bertha Ramos Holguín

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This article describes a pedagogical proposal, based on debates, to determine the type of arguments that pre-service English language teachers constructed at a public university in Tunja, Colombia. We implemented a series of debate workshops about educational issues. Thirteen modern languages pre-service teachers in their sixth semester participated in the debates. In each debate, we collected data through recordings, focus groups, and field notes to understand the impact of the pedagogical intervention. Findings suggest that the arguments pre-service teachers built were based on examples. In this sense, the arguments built were based on their personal experiences and their partners’ opinions. We argue for the need to implement more research proposals that will contribute to the understanding and awareness of what argumentation implies.

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Duarte Infante, Ángela V., Fonseca Velandia, S. M., & Ramos Holguín, B. (2020). Debates about Educational Issues: A Pedagogical Strategy to Explore Argumentative Skills in the EFL Classroom. HOW Journal, 27(1), 49-67. https://doi.org/10.19183/how.27.1.516
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Author Biographies

Ángela Vanesa Duarte Infante, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Ángela Vanesa Duarte Infante is a tenth-semester student in the Foreign Language Program at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC). She is also a member of the research group TONGUE at UPTC.

Sandra Milena Fonseca Velandia, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Sandra Milena Fonseca Velandia is a tenth-semester student in the Foreign Language Program at Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC). She is also a member of the research group TONGUE at UPTC.

Bertha Ramos Holguín, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Bertha Ramos Holguín holds a PhD in Education Sciences from Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC), an MA in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. She is currently a researcher and an English language professor at the School of Languages at UPTC.

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