In October, first grade students started working on how to do debates in English. They chose controversial topics to discuss in groups. Some of the topics they chose were: there should be no homework, video games are good for us, students should wear school uniforms, cell phones are good for society, 3-day weekends are the best, and it is better to raise a child in the countryside rather than the city. There were three parts to the debate, the construction, rebuttal, and summary. The students were very good at the constructive speech, but the rebuttal and summary were more difficult at first. However, as they practiced, they improved more and more until they were able to quickly respond to one another using English with only one minute to prepare in between. The students were able to practice critical reasoning as well as simple and understandable spoken English with one another. Great job, students!