As one way to help our BEA kids improve their confidence in themselves and their public speaking abilities, Teacher Shally added debate lessons to our Advanced and Intermediate EFL courses throughout the 2013-14 school year. With our debates, students argued their positions in teams while two moderators supervised their performance. The BEA kids have to defend their positions with reasons and examples, which helps them to develop their critical thinking skills in both Khmer and English. There were a wide range of topics that were debated in our Friday lessons, but one of the most memorable was the debate on city verses countryside life -- with life in the countryside being the winning position.
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.