PRACTICAL APPROACH TO ENGLISH PAST QUESTIONS (4)

by Hassan Abdulbaqi

You have been invited to lead the motion in a school debate for or against the proposition that ‘the new 6-3-3-4 system of education will be beneficial to the youths of Nigeria’. Write out your speech.

PRACTICAL APPROACH

This is an argumentative essay as clearly spelt out in “debate for or against” and you’re expected to write your speech for it. You prepare what you plan to say at the debate in writing, a note that contains what you want to say, what if you’re asked not to speak at the debate anymore, the note should be enough. This does not require any address because it is a letter but it must start with a title. You can read the tips to forming a suitable title and also how to write such headings.

For the body of your speech, you must acknowledge the presence of those in the gathering just like everyday speech: “Good day, Mr. Chairman, Panel of Judges, Accurate Time Keeper, Co-debaters, Ladies and Gentlemen.” This should be followed by the introduction of yourself, the school you’re representing in the debate and your mission. The side you want to take in the debate “My name is Hassan Sakeenah from Flying Colours School. I am here today to support the motion which says: ‘the new 6-3-3-4 system of education will be beneficial to the youths of Nigeria.’”

You can now go on to state your convincing and logical points with examples and illustrations. Don’t forget that each paragraph must contain a point alongside the corresponding illustration and example. Try to use rhetorical questions and exaggerations appropriately.

You must state again at the end of your argument the side you’re taking in the debate: “I am sure you are fully convinced that the new 6-3-3-4 system of education will be beneficial to the youths of Nigeria. Thanks for listening!”

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