Nara JALT is pleased to announce that the award for the Nara JALT 2016 Best of JALT goes to Angela Wren and Rachel Stuart from the Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School for their presentation titled “A Step by Step Introduction to Debate.” Angela and Rachel’s presentation was part of the very well received February 2016 event dedicated to practical English education at the secondary school level. Their presentation focused on debating and a systematic approach to empowering high school students with the linguistic resources, skills and confidence required to participate actively and successfully in this challenging form of public speaking. This was one of the best-received presentations hosted by Nara JALT in 2016, and participants had this to say:
“Their debate curriculum includes invaluable implications for teachers who want to implement debate or communicative language activities” (Masayuki Takano, Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School).
“Their well-organized and well-thought out 10-lesson debate unit easily gets students engaged in interactive learning activities” (Motoko Teraoka, Kindai University).
Congratulations to Angela and Rachel for their outstanding efforts. As recipients of the Best of JALT award, Angela and Rachel will be honoured with an award certificate as part of the Best of JALT reception party held during the JALT 2017 International Conference in Tsukuba in November. If you are fortunate to attend the conference and reception party, be sure to offer them your personal congratulations.