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Debating 1-01

42nd Command & Staff College Debate Workshop
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Gaurav Keerthi

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of Debating 1-01

Debate 1-01
It's tough to master debate...
What is debate?
A debate has two sides:
1) proposition
2) opposition
A debate needs a topic.
A debate has rules.
Debates are judged.
argues FOR the topic


argues AGAINST the topic
The topic must be divisive and contentious.
That is, people must disagree on the issue.
- number of speakers per side
- length of speeches
- format of debate
- scoring criteria
One team must win.
5 steps to
debating

1
2
3
4
5
define the objective
build a case
make logical arguments
rebuttal
style
set the context
define the terms
define the aim of the debate
evaluation criteria
avoid unfair definitions
Sample debate topic:
We should make NS compulsory for women
who are the stakeholders in the issue?
structure a team case
create a memorable case-line
propose a course of action (if required)
itle
eason
vidence
ignificance
T
R
E
S
don't stress, TRES!
thesis statement of your upcoming argument
logic and rationale for your argument
Examples
Analogies
Studies
Data
explain how your argument helped to prove your team case
Listen & Understand
Find the flaws
Defend your case against attacks
Anticipate their attacks
• Are the grounds or assumptions for their point valid?
• Is their logic and reasoning correct?
• Is their evidence sufficient and correct?
• Is their conclusion correct, and is it significant?
LCM!
Visual
Vocal
Verbal
eye contact
body movement
hand gestures
Good
Not so good
volume
speed
tone
variety
word choice
simple language
avoid "ums" and "ahs" - use silence instead
but if you're interested,
buy my book!
all proceeds will be donated to
Debate Association (Singapore)
to help reach out to more students
(out in stores mid-Apr '11)
putting it all together
1st Proposition
1st Opposition
2nd Proposition
2nd Opposition
3rd Proposition
3rd Opposition
4th Proposition
4th Opposition
introduction
define the topic and objective
explain the team case
explain each speaker's role
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
agree or disagree with the definitions
rebuttal
explain the opp case
explain each speaker's role
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
rebut 1st Opp / defend 1st Prop
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
rebut 1st Prop / defend 1st Opp
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
rebut 2nd Opp / defend 2nd Prop
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
rebut 2ndt Prop / defend 2nd Opp
provide 1-2 arguments
conclude
introduction
summarise the arguments from prop and opp
show that prop arguments have been defended, opp arguments have been attacked
conclude
introduction
summarise the arguments from prop and oppshow that prop arguments have been defended, opp arguments have been attacked
conclude
Primary School Debating
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