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  • New book: The Practical Guide to Debating | idebate.org
    The Practical Guide to Debating Submitted by Colm Flynn on 17 July 2011 Books Training World Debating News Neill Harvey Smith s new book The Practical Guide to Debating is now available on amazon com and amazon co uk perhaps more with a Kindle version in preparation Neill says I wrote it because I wanted to share what I ve picked up from being part of the debating world over so many years In particular I wanted there to be a resource that people totally new to debate could pick up read through in a sitting and feel ready for what is coming There are techniques and insights in there that will help those keen to improve their speaking and adjudicating skills It is relentlessly practical with just the odd bit of misty eyed nostalgia The Practical Guide to Debating Worlds Style British Parliamentary Style equips you to debate in Worlds Style currently the most popular most international and fastest growing format of competitive debate It provides you with techniques ideas and advice to develop your debating skills It also offers tips for organizing a vibrant club picking teams and getting the most out of tournaments It shows you how to adjudicate debates and also contains an in depth guide to entering and hosting competitions The Practical Guide helps you see inside the mind of an adjudicator and cuts through debate jargon with a comprehensive glossary of terms It will guide and accompany your journey of improvement whether you are a nervous beginner or an accomplished speaker Neill Harvey Smith was chair of the World Debating Council from 2008 to 2010 He has been chief adjudicator of the European Championships the U S National Championships and the World Online Debating Championships he has judged the grand final of the World

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  • Tips: Public Speaking | idebate.org
    voice to stress it and make it stand out Try to slowly increase the stress and force behind your voice as you go through your speech Build up to a high point and make this the crucial point of your speech However don t bring the audience on a rollercoaster ride Don t start high fall down build up and fall down again it looks as though you are only convinced about the truth of half your speech Keep eye contact with the audience and don t stare at the podium It gets easier to do this after some experience and once you use fewer notes Some people like to pick out individuals in the audience and look at them Others just speak to the audience as a whole However you do it make sure to scan the audience and move your gaze to different parts of the hall regularly Use your body language to back up your speech If you stand rigidly and don t move then you will find it very difficult to have any real conviction in your voice Use your arms and facial expressions to convey your emotions and back up your speech However don t go overboard you want the audience s attention to be focused on your speech not your arms Try not to have anything in your hands Some people like to carry a pen and end up waving it about like a baton which can distract the adjudicators If you really need something use index cards You don t have to stand strictly behind the podium Move around a bit and face different sections of the audience at different times Apparently studies have shown that people tend to prefer to be able to see the whole person as this is supposed to

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  • Tips: Research | idebate.org
    sources of information all around and you will very rarely come across a motion which you can find absolutely no information if you look hard enough Internet Type any subject into the Internet and you are likely to get back 100 sites with useful information and Greater than 250 000 of utter rubbish However there are a couple of good places to start On the main page of this site you will find links to a couple of research webpages which give pros and cons about many topics They are Debatabase com and Youdebate com One important thing to also remember is that if you are a student then it is probable that you will have access to many journals economist Time etc electronically through the website of your library I certainly have access to these through my DIT account There is no need to go out and buy these journals where half the pages will be ads You can search through past editions to find articles you are interested in You can also easily print good articles to help fill out your case book Its free and all you need is a computer with internet access If you don t have this then ask your library staff about it Library Although you may complain about your campus library I think that s fairly universal among all students it is still an invaluable source of information Look around the sections which relate to your motion and flick through a few books that look relevant If you don t know where to go for information take the keywords from the motion and type them into a nearby terminal It should give you the book references you need Journals Rooms This is easily the best source of information on any campus library If you have a motion dealing with a topical political cultural or scientific subject then the first thing you should do is look through the back issues of Time and Newsweek These contain a huge amount of information and not only on current affairs If you ve never read them it is well worth spending a short time flicking through them so that you get a feel for the sort of information they carry and where to find it if you need it later If you want more information then there is bound to be some information about it in other more specialised journals but it may be harder to find You could also look up the past issues of newspapers on microfilm but you really would want to know exactly what you are looking for Journals rooms may be increasingly replaced by on line tools as mentioned earlier but some articles aren t made available on line until the next edition is printed so sometimes you will have to do it the old fashioned way Books The problem with books is that by the time they are published they are more than likely out of date However there are

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  • Offline Training | idebate.org
    Username or e mail address You may login with either your assigned username or your e mail address Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Offline Training Offline Training In order to ensure the quality of debate programs and to promote debate IDEA and its members provide extensive training for many different groups Modules include training in debate interactive teaching methodologies public communications advocacy and conflict resolution new media and debate Most training sessions are designed for groups of 25 or fewer Ideal candidates include secondary school and university teachers students youth workers and representatives of non governmental organizations and community based organizations IDEA believes in creating participatory learning environments where individuals feel safe to explore ideas and view topics from a variety of perspectives Participant centered teaching methodologies emphasizing personal investigation role play and group exercises are employed to maximize trainees involvement in the learning process which leads to a more meaningful engagement The participatory learning environments and techniques implemented by IDEA and its members during training mirror the values promoted during that training encouraging creativity collaboration perspective sharing active listening and responsibility Having worked in over 50 countries IDEA trainers pay special attention to ensuring that training is adapted specifically to meet the linguistic educational and cultural needs of the participants Whenever possible IDEA strives to deliver the training in the local language of the trainees using materials and modules most relevant to the participants Tweet Printer friendly version In this section Offline training Types of training Present

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  • Online Training | idebate.org
    is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Online Training Bringing Expertise to You At some point in 2012 you will be able to complete debate courses and get expert advice from some of the best coaches around the world IDEA is busy developing a raft of new online debate training tools specifically designed to get high quality training to students who wouldn t usually be able to access it Starting with video feedback online courses and exercises anyone from any country will be able to get access to some of the most experienced debate coaches from across the world At the moment IDEA has launched three courses Online training of trainers Armenia Онлайн тренинг для тренеров в Армении Social Media Strategies Youth Forum 2012 Training of Trainers You can also visit our virtual learning environment and familiarise yourself with it while we are developing more content If you d like to know more about

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  • My City Real World | idebate.org
    borders Digital Debating Blog Free Speech Debate Global Youth Forum Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge International Public Policy Forum Online Mentoring Securing Liberty Series Youth and Sports Mega Events League of Young Voters RSS Facebook Twitter Login Username or e mail address You may login with either your assigned username or your e mail address Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools My City Read World Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate My City Real World In many countries there is a tense situation between young people and the police The My City Real World program is designed to increase trust between these two groups by bringing them together facilitating workshops between them which eventually lead to increased trust and deescalation To facilitate these workshop training material has been developed in the form of a toolkit with a bootlet and cards These can be downloaded at the bottom of this page Attachment Size MCRW Booklet

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  • Fallacy Fantasy Land | idebate.org
    e mail address You may login with either your assigned username or your e mail address Password The password field is case sensitive Remember me Forgotten password Connect Sign in using Facebook Register Search this site Home Debatabase Debatabase Guide Motions Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Teaching Tools Fallacy Fantasy Land Logic and Reasoning Students role play a fictional hero character who must travel through a magic kingdom in order to find a treasure Along the way the hero is attacked by strange monsters who challenge him or her using arguments which are constructed in the form of a fallacy The student needs to name the fallacy in order to proceed For example as the player gets to the third stop in their journey they might draw a card on which there is a fierce troll saying You cannot proceed further since none of the other heroes got past this point They all stopped here so you should stop here too If the student correctly identifies this fallacy as the appeal to tradition

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  • Debate of the Masses | idebate.org
    Top 100 Debates Debate Now Community Debating Societies Discussions Groups News Events Training Offline Training Online Training Teaching Tools Glossary Multilingual Glossary Media Video Images Publications Handouts Securing Liberty Series My Debate Teaching Tools Debate of the Masses Introductory Exercises Working with whatever size group you have divide the group into two halves affirmative and negative Then divide each of those groups into two halves the first affirmatives and the second affirmatives etc Pick a topic with which the students are already familiar or one on which they can easily generate ideas You start by having half of the affirmative speakers get up in turn and present one single argument no more than 30 seconds each Everyone is instructed to write down and number each point so if there are ten affirmative speakers in the first point they should have numbered arguments one through ten in the first column of their notes Before the affirmatives start let the first negatives know that they will be responsible for refuting one of the affirmative arguments have the speakers numbered in a sequence so that if a person is negative 7 then they know they refute the 7th affirmative argument Once the first group of affirmative speakers have finished have the first group of negative speakers answer each of the affirmative points Following this the second group of affirmative speakers are up Their goal is to defend one of the original affirmative arguments by attacking the negative response to that argument Again each person has a number so affirmative 3 would be expected to defend the 3rd affirmative argument by attacking what the negative says against that argument Finally the second group of negative completes the process in the same manner If you like you can add judges who present a decision For

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