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Presentation on Debate

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Explanation and tips on debates

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Presentation on Debate

  1. 1. Academic Debate Teaches Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Organization Skills Effective Communication
  2. 2. <ul><li>When debating, teams explore arguments for and against a specific proposition </li></ul><ul><li>Debating can be an effective and practical learning tool </li></ul><ul><li>Debating allows several different qualities to emerge, including </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>collecting and organizing ideas, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evaluating ideas, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>seeing logical connections between ideas, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>adapting to new situations quickly and efficiently, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>speaking persuasively. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>As the audience is acting as a judge in the debate, the debaters should remember a few rules: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The debater should not deliver too many facts in a short time. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The debater should present the information to the audience as a completed work, not short facts glued together. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The language used in a debate must be intelligible, free of jargon and clichés. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The speech must be clear, well-organized, and informative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good use of transitions is the key to a good debate. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Debate is controversial and controversy often becomes heated. However, trying to attack opponents gains nothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Debaters should display courtesy and show respect for opponents and for the worth of ideas at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not realistic to take a &quot;right or wrong&quot; attitude toward debate. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers should never forget that a good debate is an honest attempt to provide the audience with two different answers to the question asked in the proposition. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Students will be divided into two groups, each with 12 students. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will divide itself into two teams (6 members each): one team will support the proposition (the affirmative team). The other team will oppose the proposition (the negative team). </li></ul><ul><li>When one group is debating, the members of the other group will act as judges. </li></ul><ul><li>First, a member of the affirmative team will speak for 2 minutes after which s/he will be cross-examined by three members of the negative team (one question each) (8m) . </li></ul><ul><li>Next, a member of the negative team will also speak for 2 minutes and will also be cross-examined by three members of the opponent team (one question each) (8m) . </li></ul><ul><li>A rebuttal will then take place, first by a member of the affirmative team talking for 2 minutes and them by a member of the negative teach also talking for 2 minutes (4m). </li></ul><ul><li>The audience will then have 5 minutes to ask questions to both teams (5m). </li></ul><ul><li>Following that, a different member of each team will have 2 minutes to make a closing statement, first a member from the affirmative group, then a member from the negative group (4m). </li></ul><ul><li>The audience will then vote to determine which team won the debate (1m). </li></ul><ul><li>The TOTAL TIME for the entire debate should be between 30 to 35 minutes as a few extra minutes will be spent for the transition between speakers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>How well did the speakers communicate their ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>How much information did the speakers know about their topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Were the team members polite? </li></ul><ul><li>Did the second speaker on each team build on what the first team member had said? </li></ul>Consider…
  7. 7. SPEAKER 1 SPEAKER 2 SPEAKER 3 CROSS-EXAMINER 1 CROSS-EXAMINER 2 CROSS-EXAMINER 3 CLARITY PRESENTATION INFORMATION ORGANIZATION PERSUASION COMMENTS TOTAL _______
  8. 8. <ul><li>Each group will be given a proposition. </li></ul><ul><li>Research is crucial. </li></ul><ul><li>Researching and learning specific vocabulary is equally crucial. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some links that may be of help: </li></ul><ul><li>DEBATE CENTRAL </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uvm.edu/~debate/learndebate.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>INTERNATIONAL DEBATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In recent years, more juveniles (under 18) are being tried as adults when they commit adult crimes. What do you think about this? </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a classroom debate on the following proposition: </li></ul><ul><li>Juveniles should be tried as adults when they commit adult crimes. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Marriage is arguably losing its appeal, claim many social scientists. Divorce is on the increase and statistics show that one out of every three marriages end in divorce. Hold a classroom debate on the following proposition: </li></ul><ul><li>The institution of marriage as a religious and legal bond may be considered outdated in today’s society. </li></ul>
  11. 11. DEBATE PROPOSITION 3 <ul><li>Life quality is improving worldwide. People are getting healthier and, as a consequence, living longer than ever. Increased life expectancy has become a major social problem in modern societies. Hold a classroom debate on the following proposition: </li></ul><ul><li>State pension age should be determined individually by a medical evaluation taken after 65. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Juveniles should be tried as adults when they commit adult crimes. AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE
  13. 13. The institution of marriage as a religious and legal bond may be considered outdated in today’s society. AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE
  14. 14. DEBATE PROPOSITION 3 State pension age should be determined individually by a medical evaluation taken after 65. AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE

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