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Oxford - Oregon Debate

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Aurice Natalie Hendricks

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Oxford - Oregon Debate

Oxford - Oregon Debate Also known as :

*Cross - Examination Debate

*Forensic Debate -more popularly known as Oxford -Oregon Debate or Forensic Debate , is the traditional debate format used in elementary, high schools, and colleges all over the country.

-There are two sides in this format : the Affirmative and the Negative. The Affirmative proves the validity of the issue or topic called the Proposition while the Negative disproves it. Each team has 4 speakers. A debate Moderator enforces the rules to ensure the debate's smooth conduct.
speak! -is the format of choice for topics requiring more than superficial research. Compared to other formats where general knowledge is all that is required, this format involves the use of specific information in the form of evidence to support arguments.

- Another feature that differentiates this format is the three - minute interpellation stage. During interpellation , the debate takes the appearance of a courtroom trial where the advocate is subjected by his opponent to a series of questions with the aim of exposing fallacious arguments and clarifying issues.

Note : No matter how great a debater is in public speaking, if he does not present positive arguments to support a claim, he is bound to lose. This is precisely the reason why ample time is provided for prepartion
The debaters speak in the following order with the corresponding time limits:

1st Affirmative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross by 1st Negative Speaker 2 minutes
1st Negative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross by 1st Affirmative Speaker 2 minutes
2nd Affirmative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross by 2nd Negative Speaker 2 minutes
2nd Negative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross by 2nd Affirmative Speaker 2 minutes
3rd Affirmative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross b y 3rd Negative Constructive 2 minutes
3rd Negative Constructive 5 minutes
Cross by 3rd Affirmative Constructive 2 minutes
Negative Whip 7 minutes
Affirmative Whip 7 minutes

Note : Each speaker is allowed a 30 - second grace period to wrap up his or her speech.Exceeding the grace period leads to a deducation of points by the judges.
Order of Speakers N-B-P Levels of Argumentation ( Necessity - Beneficiality - Practicability) 1. - Necessity

a. Is there a need for change?
b. Is the need for change inherent in the status quo?
c. Will the proposed change solve the problem?

2. - Beneficiality

a.Is the proposal desirable?
b.What benefits/disadvantages does the proposal bring?

3. - Practicability

a. Can it be done?
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