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Debate

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Yamilet Rivera

on 5 September 2014

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Transcript of Debate

Index
1. Introduction to debate
2. Supporting your opinion
3. Debate structure
4. Predicting and refuting the other team's argument
5. Judging and final practice
6. The debate
1.1 Terms
Debate
Resolution
Affirmative Team
Negative Team
Rebuttal
Judges
1. Introduction

Think of two strong reasons for the following opinions
Exercise
Devil's Advocate
2. Support your opinion
1. Form groups of three
2. From the opinions that were handed in, choose the ones that most interest you.
3. Pair up two teams. Decide on one opinion and if the team is in the affirmative or negative side.
3. Debate Structure
Each argument consists of a stated reason followed by ample support.
3.2 Brainstorming arguments
Debate
1.2 Resolution and reasons
Resolutions are opinions.
I think smoking should be banned from public spaces
A reason explains why the opinion is held
because secondhand smoke is harmful for nonsmokers
2.3 Strong vs Weak
Strong reason:
1. It logically supports the opinion
2. It is specific and clear
3. It is convincing to a majority of people
Smoking should be banned because:

1. it is bad
2. it gives people bad breath and make their teeth yellow
3. secondhand smoke is harmful for nonsmokers
1. Women should quit their jobs after marriage.
2. Love is more important than money.
3. It is better to be married than single.
4. Writting by hand is better than writting by computer
Now Compare Your Reasons with Another Pair and Decide Whose Reasons are Stronger and Why
In pairs, think of 5 opinions and then handed them in.
You have two minutes to argue one side of each resolution. When you hear "SWITCH," you will have two minutes to argue the opposite side of the resolution.
Then move on to the next one.
1. All Japanese writing should be in Roman letters.
2. It is better to be single than married.
3. Women should stop working when they get married and have babies.
4. Women should not change their family name when they get married.
2.2 Giving support
Support consists in evidence.

1. Example
2. Common sense
3. Statistics
4. Expert opinion
Give examples/make sense to the following opinions:

1. Governments need to take DNA tests on their citizens.
2. Casinos generate more jobs than department stores.
3. There should be a strict law on gun ownership.
4. Changing names should not be permitted.
Speech 1: The first affirmative speaker introduces the topic and states the affirmative team's first argument.

Speech 2: The first negative speaker states their first argument.

Speech 3: The second affirmative speaker states their second argument.

Speech 4: The second negative speaker states their second argument.

Give a 5-10 minute break for each team to prepare their rebuttal speech.
Formal Debate Structure
Speech 5: The negative team states two rebuttals for the affirmative team's two arguments and summarizes their own two reasons.

Speech 6: The affirmative team states two rebuttals for the negative team's two arguments and summarizes their own two reasons.
3.1
Homework
1. complete two arguments with simple and clear English
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