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កម្រងមេរៀនសិក្សាភាសាអង់គ្លេសទាំង២៦មេរៀននេះ នឹងជួយ​លោក​អ្នក​រៀប​​​ចំ​ខ្លួន​​ដើម្បី​​ទៅ​សិក្សា និងរស់នៅ​​ក្នុង​ប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី។​ លោកអ្នក​នឹង​យល់​ដឹងនូវ​ចំណុច​​សំខាន់ៗ​នៃវប្បធម៌ និង​ដំណើរ​ជីវិត​សិក្សា​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី ព្រមទាំង​ការប្រើប្រាស់ភាសា នៅពេល​លោក​អ្នក​​តាមដាន​ស្តាប់​​សាច់រឿងរបស់​និស្សិត​អន្តរជាតិ​ដែល​កំពុង​​ ​សិក្សា​​​ក្នុង​​ប្រទេស​​អូស្ត្រាលី។

មេរៀនទី១ ៖ ការធ្វើដំណើរទៅដល់គោលដៅ

មេរៀនទី២ ៖ សួស្តី និងស្វាគមន៍

មេរៀនទី ៣ ៖ សម្រួលអារម្មណ៍និងរៀបចំខ្លួនឲ្យដូចជាការឋិតនៅក្នុងផ្ទះខ្លួនឯងផ្ទាល់

មេរៀនទី៤៖ សូមរៀបចំឥរិយាបថរបស់លោកអ្នក

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Dialogue Vs. Debate

There are different forms of discussion. The debate and dialogue are most popular ones. However there are different approaches and goals in these forms of discussion.


Dialogue is a special kind of discourse employing distinctive skills to achieve mutual understanding and mutual trust and respect.

To explain dialogue we like to contrast it with debate, a more common form of discourse. The goal of debate is winning; the goal of dialogue is learning.

Dialogue is about learning:

Debate is about winning:

Assuming that others have pieces of the answer

Assuming that there is one right answer – and you have it

Collaborative: attempting to find common understanding

Combative: attempting to prove the other side wrong

About finding common ground

About winning

Listening to understand and find a basis for agreement

Listening to find flaws and make counter-arguments

Bringing up your assumptions for inspection and discussion

Defending your assumptions

Re-examining all points of view

Criticizing the other side’s point of view

Admitting that others’ thinking can improve your own

Defending your views against others

Searching for strengths and value in the other position

Searching for weaknesses and flaws in the other position

Discovering new possibilities and opportunities

Seeking an outcome that agrees with your position


The purpose of dialogue is to understand and learn from one another. (You cannot “win” a dialogue.)

  1. All dialogue participants speak for themselves, not as representatives of groups or special interests.
  2. Treat everyone in a dialogue as an equal: leave role, status and stereotypes at the door.
  3. Be open and listen to others even when you disagree, and suspend judgment. (Try not to rush to judgment).
  4. Search for assumptions (especially your own).
  5. Listen with empathy to the views of others: acknowledge you have heard the other especially when you disagree.
  6. Look for common ground.
  7. Express disagreement in terms of ideas, not personality or motives.
  8. Keep dialogue and decision-making as separate activities. (Dialogue should always come before decision-making.)
  9. All points of view deserve respect and all will be recorded (without attribution).


How to Write a Book Review



Bill Asenjo

A book review describes, analyzes and evaluates. The review conveys an opinion, supporting it with evidence from the book

Do you know how to write a book review? I didn’t. And even though I knew I didn’t, that didn’t stop me from firmly inserting my foot in my mouth by agreeing to conduct a book review writing workshop for my local Barnes & Noble. I blithely assured myself it would simply be a matter of picking up Book Reviews for Dummies, or something to that effect. Au contraire. It’s easier to find information on bomb-making than book review writing.

So I did what any other resourceful writer on deadline would do; I panicked. Well, for a moment. Quickly composing myself I scrounged the library and internet for every conceivable source that even hinted at the term “book review.” What follows is the result of my gleaning

Before reading, consider:

  • Title – What does it suggest?
  • Preface or Introduction – Provides important information about the author’s intentions or the scope of the book. Can you identify any limitations? Has the author ignored important aspects of the subject?
  • Table of Contents – Shows how the book’s organized — main ideas, how they’re developed (chronologically, topically, etc.) Continue reading

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