Debate Competition

Debates are a wonderful, high interest technique for endowing students with a number of skills. They provide students with the ability to research a topic, work as a team, practice public speaking skills, and use critical thinking skills. Students enjoy debating as it provides variety and allows them to become passionately involved with an assigned topic.

In competitive debates, teams compete against each other and are judged by a list of criteria that are usually based around the concepts of “content, style and strategy”. There are many different styles of competitive debating, organization and approaches.

Competitive debating is carried out at the local, national and international level.

At IBE debate, debating often takes the form of a contest with explicit rules. It may be presided over by one or more judges or adjudicators. Both sides seek to win against the other while abiding by strict guidelins. One side is typically in favor of (also known as “for”, “Affirmative”, or “Pro”) or opposed to (also known as “against”, “Negative”, “Con”) a statement, proposition, moot or resolution. The “for” side must state points that will support the proposition; the “against” side must refute these arguments sufficiently to falsify the other side. The “against” side is not required to propose an alternative but it must substantiate its own negation if no other position is possible.

For example, let’s say the value of x is a boolean. If the “for” side says x = true, the “against” side must prove or demonstrate that x = false. The “against” side cannot simply say “I am not convinced that x = true. Both sides are required to embrace and defend their own positions. Otherwise, it is not a debate but simply a discussion of a controversy where one side solely attempts to convince the other side or the other listeners of its stance.

IBE Form of Debating (Australasian style)

The Australasian style debate consists of two teams, consisting of three people, who debate over an issue that is commonly called a topic or proposition. The issue, by convention, is presented in the form of an affirmative statement beginning with “That”, for example, “That cats are better than dogs”, or “This House”, for example, “This House would establish a world government”. The topic subject may vary from region to region. Most topics however, are usually region specific to facilitate interest by both the participants and their audiences.

Each team has three members, each of whom is named according to their team and speaking position within his/her team. For instance the second speaker of the affirmative team to speak is called the “Second Affirmative Speaker” or “Second Proposition Speaker”, depending on the terminology used. Each of the speakers’ positions is based around a specific role. For example, the third speaker has the opportunity to make a rebuttal towards the opposing team’s argument by introducing new evidence to add to their position or counter the opposing team. The last speaker is called the “Team Advisor/Captain”. Using this style, the debate ends with a closing argument by each of the first speakers from each team, after which new evidence may not be introduced. Each of the six speakers (three affirmative and three negative) speak in succession to each other beginning with the Affirmative Team. The speaking order is as follows: First Affirmative, First Negative, Second Affirmative, Second Negative, Third Affirmative, and finally Third Negative.

Evaluation Registration Essays :

Topic: Development or Environment which funding for government is more important?

Debate topics will only be issued online 2 weeks prior to end date
Guidelines 1. Debate may be attended by anyone from 14 up to 18 years old.
2. Evaluation Registration Essays must be approximately 500 words in length in English excluding essay title and cover page. Essays must be typed and saved as PDF/WORD/TEXT.
3. Full Registration Online. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) your essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2017 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
* Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
4. Entries must be submitted by email or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted. Verification prior to entry are carried out via Skype with our staff.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.
Deadline Entries must be received within deadline published for each event.
Awards All candidates that have been accepted for enrollment in debate competition after verification of identity and passing the preliminary essay enrollments will receive the following:

  • Acknowledgement in the form of a Certificate of live participation at location of the event
  • Verifiable by certificate number
  • First to Third place awards
    • Prizes will be announced per event
  • All winning essays will be uploaded into mass media

To register please visit out registration for dates and events.