The introduction month is going to end with an epic novice debate tournament for everyone who started competitive debating either this semester, last semester or never has debated competitively. Other than that, there’s no restriction on participation. So you are welcome even if you are not a member of LDS or are not a student at the university!
No registration fee! 🙂
Link to registration: https://goo.gl/forms/VBJRHqsr2QHiRO063
We will assume you know the basics of British Pariamentary Style as explained in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUt1IVr7gjg
We will be debating using the British Parliament format – the most commonly used format internationally. The tournament is mainly hosted to help you all develop as a public speaker and debater so don’t be nervous. You are allowed to participate in parts of the program if you wish to do so.
– There will be three rounds followed by a final.
– Speeches will be maximum 5 minutes except for the final where there will be 7-minute speeches.
– Speakers will be randomly allocated into teams (exact method not yet decided), we can make exceptions if you write to us
– Lunch is not provided. For everyone interested, we will order pizza collectively for dinner.
12.30- 13.00 Arrival and Introduction
13.00 – 14.30 Round 1
14.30 – 16.00 Round 2
16.00 – 17.30 Round 3
More info will come later!
About competitive BP debating
Debating competitively is not only fun and extremely intellectually challenging, but it is also the most time efficient way to improve public speaking, rhetoric and critical analysis.
The most commonly used format in international debating is the British Parliamentary format. The specific topic of every debate is called a ‘motion’ and are most commonly phrased beginning with “This house believes…” or “This house would…”, followed by a statement or course of action. The eight debaters are divided into teams of two and allocated as either ‘for’ (Government) or ‘against’ (Opposition). Speakers then prepare for 15 minutes after which they proceed to debate by holding shorter speeches of max 7 minutes one after another starting with the ‘Prime minister’ of ‘Opening government’. After the debate, a panel of judges will confer and decide the winning team of the debate based on their persuasiveness compared to the other teams assuming that the judges represent an “averagely informed global citizen”.