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Irving ISD MEDIA ADVISORY – English Language Learners District-Wide Debate

Irving ISD MEDIA ADVISORY – English Language Learners District-Wide Debate

English Language Learners (ELL) Compete in District-Wide Debate

WHO: Irving ISD students who have been in the United States for a year or less and are still learning the English language.

Information on each participant can be found below.

WHAT: Irving ISD’s Department of World Languages will host the fourth annual Independent English District-Wide Debate. English Language Learner (ELL) students who have been in the country a year or less will debate what they feel is the greatest challenge graduating immigrants face today.

In the first round, teams from Irving, MacArthur and Nimitz high schools will present their problem with two examples. In the next round, students will pitch their data with explanations, followed by a presentation of solutions in the third round. There will be a 15-minute intermission for fourth-round speakers to prepare their rebuttals. The debate will end with closing arguments in the fifth round.

The teams will present before a panel of judges, including a special guest judge from Univision. Teams will be judged on the messages and the supporting evidence they present, as well as their personal impression and language skills.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 17
1 to 2:30 p.m. – Team Debate
2:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Student interviews can be conducted after the awards ceremony. Due to timing purposes, no interviews will be given during the debate.

WHERE: Nimitz High School Auditorium
100 W. Oakdale
Irving, TX 75060

WHY: The goal of the debate is to promote English fluency in ELL students. Irving ISD students represent 97 countries and 52 languages. Limited English proficiency students make up 40 percent of the student population.

Irving High School Team

Jose Martinez Ayala
From: El Salvador
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
11 months

Yami Benitez
From: Guatemala
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
12 months

Navil Velasquez Gonzalez
From: Honduras
Native language: Spanish
Length of Time in United States:
8 months

Luz Vindel Oviedo
From: Honduras
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
7 months

Emilio Padilla
From: Mexico
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
8 months

MacArthur High School Team

Sabreen Alamin
From: Sudan
Native language: Arabic
Length of time in United States:
12 months

Angel Amaro
From: Mexico
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
8 months

Ariana Jacquez
From: Mexico
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
8 months

Bryon Teletor
From: Guatemala
Native language: Spanish
Length of Time in United States:
8 months

Bibi Yar
From: Afghanistan
Native language: Pashto
Length of Time in United States:
12 months

Nimitz High School Team

Juan Burgos
From: El Salvador
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
6 months

Maria Gutierrez Castañuela
From: Mexico
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
8 months

Moncy Chavarria
From: El Salvador
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
8 months

Mauricio Garcia Reyes
From: Mexico
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
7 months

Leonardo Navas Varela
From: Honduras
Native language: Spanish
Length of time in United States:
12 months