English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Middle School Debate 2018-2019

279 middle school students from 6 states debated for a combined 6,900 minutes during the 2017-2018 English in Action Middle School Debate Championship Tournament.

Should reptiles be pets? Should the Olympics include video games? Should the US adopt a guaranteed minimum income level? These are some of the topics middle school students debated during the English in Action Middle School Debate Championship Tournament on May 5 in New York City.

33 schools from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado converged at the Nest +m public school to participate in the seventh annual tournament.

Teaching Debate and Argumentation Workshop - NJEA Endorsed

CANCELLED: November 30, 2018 - 8:30 to 2:30

Sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and Endorsed by the NJEA

Attendees will receive six professional development contact hours (NJEA and CTLE).


Stone Bridge Middle School
1252 Yardville Allentown Road
Allentown, New Jersey 08501

Fee: $25.00

Deadline to Register: November 19, 2018.

For information, contact Carol Losos at 212-818-1200 or closos@esuus.org.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States invites teachers of students in Grades 5-8 to attend Teaching Debate and Argumentation on Nov. 30.

Debate is a cornerstone of 21st-century literacy. It requires research, analysis, reasoning and evidence. It actively engages young adolescents in critical and complex thinking about both historical and current events.

During the workshop, educators learn how to teach argumentation and refutation, the foundations of debate and skills equally applicable to writing. Workshop leaders include Carol Losos, the director of Education at The English-Speaking Union; Dee Burek, a teacher at Stone Bridge Middle School and president of the Garden State Debate League; and Martin Tansey, a teacher at Barkalow Middle School and president of the Jersey Shore Debate League.

The cost is $25 to attend this one-day workshop. You will receive a certificate for six contact hours at the end of the day. For information, contact Carol Losos at 212-818-1200 or closos@esuus.org. 

You may register HERE 

The registration deadline is Nov. 19.

Rachel Carson Middle School from Herndon, Virginia won the final debate against The Dalton School from New York, New York.

Taking home the Top Speaker and coveted Golden Gavel awards was Jasmine Sanchez of West End Secondary School in New York, NY for earning top individual speaker points across all five rounds of debate.

Read the full story, complete with a full list of award winners here.

Let's change the tenor of critical discourse in our country. Engage your students in critical thinking about current events.

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