Press Review – Messina, Liceo La Farina at the National English Debate Olympiad

The ‘In pursuit of dispute’ team made up of Martina D’Agostino (3D), Luca Santamaria (5D) and Alice Tindiglia (5D), coached by Prof. Antonella Lo Castro, came 4th out of 105 teams at the first national selections of the DEBATE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE Olympiad, winning three debates out of three.

On 19 March, the students debated both the prepared topic “TH OPPOSES TRANSHUMANISM” (both pro and con) and the impromptu topic ““TH regrets the rise of teenagers at the forefront of social movements (e.g. Greta Thumberg, Malala Yousafzai, The Parkland Students)”.

The team, which is the only one from Sicily to reach the semifinals of the Olympics in English, will play its next competitions in attendance at the end of April.

Let’s see specifically what the debate consists of.

Debate is a pedagogical, educational and training method that enables to develop argumentation skills a that form the personality.

The purpose of regulated debate is to provide the tools to analyse complex issues, to explain one’s own reasons and to evaluate the reasons of others. It develops significant analytical, critical, argumentative and communicative skills, both verbal and non-verbal.

This is an experience that brought together all the schools in Italy,” says Prof. Lo Castro, coach and coordinator of the We Debate project for the Liceo Classico La Farina. “It is an experience that makes children grow in relation to a transversal teaching model that, in a multidisciplinary way, goes beyond the school environment and has the very high objective of developing not only active citizenship skills, but also English language skills, promoting more social participation in young people.

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