1.As the President of the youth club in your district, write out the speech you would give to members of your club on how they can help to curb the crime wave in the area.
2You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic: “Violent video games should be banned”. Write your argument for OR against the topic.
3.You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic: “Religious education should be made compulsory in schools”. Write your contribution for or against the proposition.
4.You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic:”Violent video games should be banned”. Write your contribution for or against the proposition.
5.You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic: “Today’s children should not be blamed for not taking education seriously”. Write your contribution for or against the proposition.
6.You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic: “Parents should allow their children to choose their own careers”. Write your speech for or against the topic.
7.As the President of the youth club in your district, write out the speech you would give to the members of your club on how they can help to curb the crime wave in the area.
8.You are to argue for or against the proposition that” It is the home and not the school that contributes more to moral laxity among students”
9.You are a speaker in a debate on the motion: “Democracy is the best system of government for Africa”. Write your speech for or against the motion.
10.You are the Chief Speaker in a debate on the topic: “The Television has done more harm than good”. Write your speech for or against the topic.
ARE YOU ASKING YOURSELF WHAT TO DO?
The questions above have been provided by WAEC to assist you understand the required standards expected in English Language final examination.
i. pick one of the questions…
ii. remember the notes below
HOW TO WRITE ARGUMENTATIVE/DEBATE-STYLED ESSAYS FOR WAEC/NECO ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMS
1. An argument has two sides of pros and cons whereas a debate has only one side.
2. In an argument both sides need to be examined
3. The elements for an argumentative essay are facts, data, opinions of experts. Objectivity and accuracy are very important.
4. A debate’s format is evocative and the subject must be discussed with a mixture of facts and fiction to support one’s point of view.
5. For a debate, you have to be consistent for the side chosen but one must not be violently partisan to lose all sense of proportion e.g. religious or political topics.
6. Each essay follows the standard layout of introduction, body and conclusion.
7. Each point should be used to develop a paragraph.
8. In the conclusion, you should restate your stance , summarize your points and consolidate the reasons for taking your stance.
9. Several techniques can be used to boost your essay. These are: alternate argument, chronological argument or argument through examples.
10. Alternate argument involves making direct comparisons between the opponent’s points and yours.
11. Chronological argument: involves stating the opponent’s points in one paragraph, and using the remaining paragraphs for one’s own points (in the process dismantling the opponents point of view.) In an examination the opponents view might be what is stated in the question paper. 12. Argument by example involves using examples to organize one’s essay
*Note: if you make criticisms, you must be prepared to offer solutions and remedies.
D.Language & Style:
13.In a typical debate essay, the writer will concede that his or her opponents make some valid points but that his or her own are stronger. Concessional phrases include ”granted that” or “agreed that“, or ”even though”.
14. In a debate, the formal style and informal styles are imagined.
15. Rhetorical questions, exaggerations, and repetitions can be used for debates but not over done.
16. Usual vocatives are expected but don’t waste time greeting a whole army of personalities.
17. In a debate, there is no room for slang.
18. In debates or arguments for-or-against a proposition students could score well with 3 to 4 points adequately developed. Students should also endeavor to number their points for clarity
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