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Presentation: American style parliamentary debates

Until now, Speak Freely has been using the British format of parliamentary debates: 4 teams with six constructive speeches and two analysis speeches. In March, a debating championship will take place that is going to use a different debating format, with 2 teams, four constructive speeches and two analysis speeches with a very different timing pattern. Learn more about this format from my presentation, and let's practice debating.

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Debates: This House Would Ban Alcohol

According to the WHO, in 2004 there were approximately 2.25 million premature deaths worldwide linked to alcohol. Alcohol is responsible for 4.5% of the global disease burden, even after the protective effects of low and moderate alcohol consumption had been considered. Furthermore, binge drinking is becoming an increasing problem in most countries.

Is it time to try to solve the alcohol problem through more restrictions and campaigns or is it time for a ban policy?

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Presentation/Training: What Does the Whip Say?

OK, so I'm a whip, that sounds good, but what do I do? Before the debate, keep calm and do nothing, during the debate, scribble like hell? And just repeat whatever my side says? Not really. Today, we're going to look at the whip's role and see the debate from an angle you've never looked from before, which will help you be much better at debating whatever your role turns out to be. Ready?

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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!