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2012 - French Debating Association. World debating website. World debating website. World Debate Website. provides debate Topics & polls and is a US site with many US issues covered. International topics are not so well developed and lack a non-US point of view while some sections will not be used outside the US (e.g. the whole section on Conspiracy Debates which is utterly useless to anyone preparing for a major competition) however it is still a valuable source of information for many debates.

The Topics covered broadly fall into the following categories: Conspiracy Debates Current event Debates Education Debates Entertainment Debates Environment Debates Government Debates Health Debates History Debates Politics Debates Religion Debates Science Debates Society Debate. Tips: General Guide. On-line Debating Tutorial: Please note that these guidelines are for British Parliamentary Style. The aim of this page is to give you an idea of how to debate. It's not just a simple case of standing up and saying the first thing that comes into your head. There are certain rules and guidelines which have to be adhered to if you want to have any chance in a competitive debate.

This is not the page with all the answers. It is only a rough set of guidelines to help get you started. Everyone should try to find their own strengths and failings. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Lecture on Points of information in debate - Sarina Selleck | Debate lectures. Details Category: Debate lectures Written by Super User This is a lecture, delivered by Sarina Selleck at the North America Debate Academy 2013, recorded by Alfred Tuna Snider. Today I’m going to talk to you about points of information, because they are good ways to stay engaged in the debate, to be engaged in the debate for the second bench before you get a chance to speak, and generally they can be sometimes a bit neglected, or kind of misused, or abused, so we are going to try and make sure that… A lot of this is going to be quite basics, but we want to make sure that you have the basics in place or they may serve as reminders in case you have been doing things that you’ve forgotten, and they would be much more effective to use as points of information.

Prepare your points of information in advanceThe second thing you should keep in mind when you are coming up with POI’s, is that sometimes it is a great idea to come up with POI’s in your prep time. Watch the video of the lecture: Training Tips. Training Tips 1. Approach to Training Sessions 1.1. Focused Training Before the start of each training session, each Debater should decide on a particular area to focus on and pay it particularly close attention. 1.2. In order to maximize the productivity of each training session, Debaters need to be “warmed up,” just as they will if they were footballers or dancers. 1.3. When training for debate, it is important to have a balance of “isolation” drills and full practices. Isolation drills offer 3 advantages: a.

B. C. 1.4. Debaters should balance isolated drills with the use of full debates within training sessions. 1.5. 100% Training In order to get the best outcome from each training session, Debaters should treat every training session as a seriously as they will a competitive match and behave accordingly. 1.6. Debaters should also approach training with the intent of making sure they will never be caught by surprise during a competitive match. 2. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 2.5. A. B. C. 2.6. Teaching debate: an educator's manual. Coaching communication style. Point of information (competitive debate)

Points of Information (or POIs) are a feature of Parliamentary debate, allowing an opposing team member to offer a brief point during the current speech. As in some debating styles, such as World Schools Style, they often may not be offered in the first or last minute of any speech (known as protected time), or during Reply Speeches. Points of Information may never be offered to a member of the same team. Points of Information are an important part of any debate that includes them, as they offer a much greater degree of engagement between teams. In some styles of debate, such as British Parliamentary Style, they take on an even greater importance as teams are forced to use them in order to maintain their relevance during a debate. Furthermore, they allow speakers to demonstrate greater wit and presence of thought than is generally possible in a speech, as they are required to respond instantly to prepared points from their opposition in a logical way.

"On a point of information. "" Untitled - Strategy_and_POIs.pdf. Points of Information. Points of Information 1. Introduction Even with the most dynamic of speakers and the most interesting of motions, the energy levels in a debate could still be quite low if the participants merely delivered their speeches and sat back down. Thus, debate formats usually incorporate a more interactive element in order to liven up the event. For the WSDC format, this purpose is served by the use of the “Point of Information” (POI). A POI is a short interjection addressed to the Debater who is speaking by a member of the opposing team.

Opposing team members must first stand and indicate that they wish to offer a POI. Although it is called a “Point of Information,” the opposing team member may use the interjection to raise any point. 2. Taking a POI is a good idea for the following reasons: a. B. C. D. E. 3. What then is the value in giving POIs? A. B. C. D. E. 4. 4.1. 4.1.1. The WSDC rules dictate that a Debater has 15 seconds to deliver a POI. 4.1.2. 4.1.3. 4.1.4. 4.1.5. 4.2. 4.2.1. Take 2. Lecture on Points of information in debate - Sarina Selleck | Debate lectures. World Debate Website. Points of Information are a vital part of any debate and should not be underestimated. Before and after your speech you can't just sit quietly and enjoy the other speeches. You must keep the adjudicators aware of your presence, ideas and argument. Also P.O.I. can be used as a weapon to undermine, and even destroy, an opponents speech.

Also Points of Order and Points of Personal Privilege which are used in some debating formats are not permitted at Worlds/BP Presentation: When giving a point of information you are expected to stand up, hold your left hand out (place your right hand on your head, honestly!) Timing is important. Styles: Different people have different styles when it comes to Points of Information. Accepting: When you are speaking you should accept 2-3 points. Coaching Resources | The Chicago Debate League.

CDL Debater Development Benchmarks Know where you are headed in the development of your debaters. Know what benchmarks you are trying to achieve in their learning. Organize your instruction and assessment. Start with the debater benchmarks. Flow Sheet There’s no real improvement in competitive academic debate that doesn’t start with the flow sheet. This electronic version of a flow sheet is useful if you are flowing on a laptop — a practice that can be more efficient and legible. Instructional Resources 2013 CDSI Demonstration Debate At this year’s Chicago Debate Summer Institute, four CDL alumbi debaters: Erin Carley, Josh Rivera, Vichina Austin and Hanna Nasser had a demonstration debate using this year’s Core Files.

Edited Demonstration Debate Unedited Demonstration Debate The edited debate is the full debate round; the unedited debate includes inter-speech commentary from CDSI lab instructors. We have also provided a flow of the debate that can be used for instruction. Room for Debate. Top 100 Debates. 35 Greatest Speeches in History. Riley+and+cole. Great Speeches Collection. Skills Anecdotes. © 2013 Steve Campsall What is an anecdote? An anecdote is a short and interesting story taken from a person's past experience - or that of someone they know or have heard about. For your exam, of course, your own anecdotes will need to be imaginary - made up (but they must still be entirely believable and relevant).

Why are anecdotes useful? If you choose to use a short anecdote in your own writing (and you should give it serious consideration), it will engage, involve and interest your reader in ways little else can; it will add a human and personal dimension that can be irresistible and fascinating. But anecdotes need to be believable and lively - and they can also be very emotional; and because anecdotes are 'true' stories, they can be very convincing indeed, adding authority to what you write. A well chosen, well told anecdote is a sure fire way to involve and persuade your reader. How do you use an anecdote? Below is an example. How to Deliver The Perfect Speech Introduction. If you ever moderate a panel or introduce a speaker, you should read this. I want to prevent you from being that host who bores your audiences to tears from the very start by introducing guests with the blandness of a Wikipedia page. I attended a discussion in New York City last week featuring the creator, director, and writer of AMC’s Mad Men, Matthew Weiner.

The program’s moderator was Thane Rosenbaum. Although Mr. This article is going to focus on two of the things he did right during the evening – and what you can learn from them. Moderator Thane Rosenbaum First, his introduction of Matthew Weiner was perfect, and serves as a model for speechwriters: “James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and one the authors of its Constitution, would be surprised to learn that his name would one day become better known for where Don Draper works. Mr. 1. Mad Man Creator Matthew Weiner Mr. Learn from Mr. Note: I’ll be taking the rest of the week off to enjoy the holiday break. Examples of Rhetorical Devices in Famous Speeches.

Alphabetically, by device: Alliteration/Assonance “Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, ‘Give me a challenge, and I'll meet it with joy.’” -Ronald Reagan- The Space Shuttle "Challenger" Tragedy Address Former President Reagan uses alliteration to highlight the spirit of the seven that died on the “Challenger”. His alliteration captures the audience’s attention and makes that statement more memorable. By alliterating special, special, spirit, and says, Reagan captures the audience’s attention and emphasizes that the seven that died on the “Challenger” were heroes. Allusion “There's a coincidence today.

Here, former President Reagan uses an allusion to reference the “Challenger” crew to Sir Francis Drake. Amplification “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Analogy Anaphora Antithesis Apostrophe. Nine Rhetorical Devices For Your Next Speech | Presentation Training Tips. Many speakers are good at conveying information to their audiences. But how many of them are actually interesting? Rhetorical devices are too often cast aside as the province of the great Roman orators. They shouldn’t be. When executed well, they can spice up your speeches, presentations, even your one-on-one conversations.

Here are nine of my favorite rhetorical devices. 1. “They are part of the finest fighting force that the world has ever known. 2. “Suffering breeds character; character breeds faith.” – Rev. 3. “Not all schooling is education nor all education, schooling.” – Economist Milton Friedman“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Scientist Carl Sagan 4.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 5. 6. 7. “She’s no dummy” (she’s smart)“This is no small problem” (this is a big problem) 8. 9. Like our blog? Rhetorical Devices. Examples of Rhetorical Devices. Figures de rhétorique. Les figures de style. List of Figures of Speech (Stylistic Devices) EUDC motions | Debate topics | Debate motions | Debate tournaments. Details Category: EUDC motions Written by Super User Round 1: This House would ban videogames in which the player engages in brutal and immoral violence in a realistic setting. Round 2: This House would require international development aid budgets to be approved by popular referenda.

Round 3: This House, as the Muslim Brotherhood, would sincerely offer to cease resistance, participate in elections, and respect a liberal constitution. Round 4: This House would permit government agencies to conduct automated surveillance without court authorisation. Round 5: This House believes that Israel should allow members of the Jewish diaspora to vote in its elections. Round 6: This House applauds the rise of songs by female pop artists that glorify assertive female sexuality. Round 7: This House belives that it is in China's strategic interest to cease all non-humanitarian assistance to North Korea until it verifiably ends Its nuclear programme.

ESL Motions Open motions. A powerful argument | Money. Your hands are clammy, your mouth is dry, your legs are trembling and you are scared - really scared. Sounds like job interview nerves, but there is no job at the end of it. Instead, you may risk some ribbing from your peers if your performance is deemed unconvincing. This is the increasingly public crucible of university debating. Debating societies have become hugely popular in universities over the past decade.

No longer is getting to your feet to make a formal argument in a rumbustious public forum the preserve of the elite Oxbridge/Bristol/ Durham set. Debating societies, where students are encouraged to stand up and speak out, have become well established in newer institutions for some time. Part of the attraction is the thrill it gives, according to a former winner of the European Debating Championships. Debating is known to foster qualities that can help to take you right to the top. One such high-flyer is Theresa Villiers, MP. What, then, makes a good debater? Great Debate: Developing Argumentation Skills. Brian Harkin for The New York TimesAndrew Cooper, an inmate, and his teammates in the debate. The topic involved government support for higher education in prisons.Go to related article » Overview | What makes for a strong debater and for a winning debate? In this lesson, students consider the characteristics of effective debate and learn about various formats.

They then engage in debates about controversial issues in the news and/or curriculum and conclude by writing evaluations. Materials | Computer with Internet access and a projector, copies of the handouts, research resources Warm-up | Show a brief clip from a debate, such as one of the debates from the 2008 presidential election or the Bloggingheads debate about bullying. Then divide students into pairs or small groups and tell them to evaluate the performance of each of the debaters. Then give out the Evaluate a Debate handout (PDF) and invite volunteers to share how they would evaluate the debaters using this checklist. Civics1.