INRTU held English-language debates "To love or not to love? That is the question!"

English-language debates about love were held at the Irkutsk Polytechnic on February 14. The event was organized by Tatiana Gorbunova and Elena Rybakova, professors at the School of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication.

Ekaterina Dolgopolova, a first-year student at the School of Subsurface Resource Management, Lev Alekseev, a second-year student at the School of High Technologies (School of Information Technology and Data Science) and Alina Grigoryan, a third-year student at the School of Architecture, Construction and Design were the hosts of the event.

Students from a number of lyceums, colleges and universities took part in the debates. Twelve teams (72 people) fought for the title of the best.

The competition took place in two Boiling Points simultaneously and consisted of three rounds. Students argued for their opinions, made comments on quotes of famous English-language writers and created an alternative ending to the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet. The winners from two co-workings met and fought for the prizes in the final battle.

Cerebrium from the lyceum of the Irkutsk State University won the first place in the debates. The second place went to AltaVista from the Shelekhov lyceum. Two&Two, a team of first-year students at the School of Information Technology and Data Science at INRTU, took the third place. The Jiest team from Baikal State University received the People's Choice Award.

Some of the participants admitted that it was a great opportunity to find out what they are capable of and what they should work on.

According to Tatiana Gorbunova, such events are very important not only for the improvement of students' speaking skills in a foreign language, but also for the ability to express opinions, to think critically, to be in public and to control the audience.