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Debating Skills

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Transcript of Debating Skills

Debating Skills
What is a debate?
Who Can Debate?
What are we going
to do?
- What is a debate?
- Who can debate?
- Qualities needed to be a debater
- Top Tips
- Debate Format
- Debate Content
- Debate Time!
Debate Format
There are lots different ways to run debates but the format has to be agreed by everyone taking part.
Debate Content
Good Debating Examples
1. Decide on who would like to argue
For
&
Against
each debate
2. Those selected to debate - work on their arguments throughout the evening in free time. Each side has no more than 5 minutes to argue their stance.
3. Before Free Time, we will have a debate where the audience will decide the outcome.
Article 13 (freedom of expression)
Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and
receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

Article 17 (access to information from mass media)
Every child has the right to reliable information from the media.
This should be information that children can understand.
Governments must help protect children from materials that could
harm them.

Article 29 (goals of education)
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and
abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for
human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and
other cultures, and the environment.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide
range of cultural and artistic activities.

United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child
- UNCRC
An opportunity to challenge people's thoughts, beliefs and prejudices in a respectful and meaningful way.
Basically, a debate is...
In pairs.......

......think about what different debates you might have seen or taken part in
In pairs.......

.......talk about what you think a 'debate' is
Chairperson
- who takes charge of the debate
3 Judges
- to ask the debaters questions & provide critical feedback
2 teams with 2 people
- to put forward their key arguments for/against the debate
Audience
- to ask questions and make points of their own
Chairperson
- who takes charge of the debate & decides who wins
2 teams with 1 person or 2 teams with 2 people
- to put forward their key arguments for/against the debate
Audience
- to ask questions and make points of their own
Chairperson
- who takes charge of the debate & asks questions to each team
2 teams with 1 person or 2 teams with 2 people
- to put forward their key arguments for/against the debate
Audience
- to decide winner of the debate
Funky Dragon Debate Format
Chairperson
- who takes charge of the debate.
2 teams with 1 person or 2 teams with 2 people
- to put forward their key arguments for/against the debate. *They also have an opportunity to defend their argument after questions if they wish to.
Audience
- to ask questions & to decide winner of the debate via either closed or open vote.

Funky Dragon Debate
= giving you the skills to feel confident to take part in debates
ANYONE!

Qualities needed to be a good debater
Good researcher - read the news, search the internet, understand your material =
knowing your argument

Determination - stand by your argument - don't back down!
Be bold!
Confidence
Speak slowly & clearly
Able to look at the argument from both sides of the story
Do not panic if ask questions from the audience
Passion!
Enjoy yourself
"Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail"
Top Tips
Always be yourself
Project your confidence
Listen to the questions or points raised by others
Consider the attention span of your audience
Know your material
Make all answers & points relevant
Be respectful of others opinions
Listen to the chairperson
Rely on statistics to prove your whole argument
Do not distract your audience with lots of movement
Make false claims
Be rude or arrogant
Mutter or speak 100mph
Try to please the audience
Keep arguing for the sake of it!
Let the opposition steal your time
DO
DO NOT
BBC Clip
South Park Clip
& Obama Clip
Introduction to your side of the argument
- what are you trying to defend/oppose?

Points of Interest
- no more than 4-5 points to prove your argument

Conclusion
- very brief summary of everything you said
- a memorable fact to end on - something emotive?
Pro's & Con's of
Scripts + Notes
Pro's
Prepared
Organised
Know what you will say - clear
Will not lose track
Calming - safety net
Con's
Hands shake the paper
No natural flow to the speech
No eye contact with audience
If you lose your place, you panic
Head down = voice downward projection
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