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Argumentation Training: Rebuttal

Good, well-supported arguments are great, but they can't let you win the debate alone: you also need to rebut the other side's arguments. How to do it properly and easily? What are the dos and donts? Let's learn and practice!

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Debates: YOLO!

This House believes you should try everything, because YOLO.

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Debates: High Taxes or Less Social Support?

Consider two approaches to encouraging those with low skills to be fully engaged in the workplace. The American approach focuses on keeping tax rates low and thus providing a greater financial incentive for people to take jobs. The Scandinavian approach focuses on providing a broad range of day care, education, and other services to support working families, but then imposes high tax rates to pay for it all. Which one is better? Let's discuss.

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Debates: This House Believes Terrorism Can Be Justified

In the wake of the shocking events of 11 September 2001, terrorism and the “war on terror” became the number one issue for the US government. But terrorism has a far longer, more global history. Political, religious and national/ethnic groups have resorted to violence to pursue their objectives – whether full recognition of their equal citizenship (in Apartheid South Africa), a separate national state of their own (Israelis in the 1940s, Palestinians from the 1970s onwards), or the establishment of a religious/ideological state (Iranian terrorism against the Shah). In some cases former terrorists have made the transition to peaceful politics – for example Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Gerry Adams in Northern Ireland. Is it possible to justify the use of terrorist tactics if they result in the deaths of innocent civilians in bombings and shootings? This is an issue that calls into question the value we put on our ideals, beliefs and human life itself.

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Science: a Threat to Society?

Today, science is extending the boundaries of human knowledge further than many people feel comfortable with. Is it that magic power that enables us to do things we could not before, or is it the poison that has put humanity to the edge of extinction? Let us try to find out...

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Pro and Contra

This is a game for everybody who wants to start speaking English, start speaking English better, and even for those who are sure they speak an excellent English already, because in this game you will need all the English that you have. In short, you are given a statement to stand for — or against — and an opponent who will fight you to the best of his abilities. Come and make a breakthrough!

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Parliamentary debates


This time, we invite you to play a game that teaches one to speak, to convince, to make people think and believe — the game of debates. We will play a set of Lincoln-Douglas games, so that everybody can participate; the topic is going to be announced 15 minutes before the game, as usual. Explanation of the rules, advice, teamwork, discussions,game analysis and two hours of exciting English practice guaranteed. Come and get this boost for your English and your public speaking abilities!