DEBATE

Debate is a popular academic co-curricular program for students around the world. Debate improves students’ critical thinking and enhances their presentation skills and general knowledge.

Debate motions will varies across themes, such as: social issues, culture, environment, education, science, etc.

The Global Citizen Vietnam provides qualified and experienced trainers with well-crafted curriculum that will train students to be well versed in the art of debating

Program Objectives

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Enhance critical thinking and evaluation

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Increasing general knowledge and awareness

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Communicating in a persuasive manner

Program Objectives

Novice

SEMESTER 1

(September - November)

  • Introduction to WSDC debate

  • Key debate terms 

  • Basic argumentation 

  • Practicing learned skills and techniques

  • Work in groups

  • Debate Practices

SEPTEMBER 2

(December - February)

  • Reinforce and apply debate techniques

  • Point of information 

  • Practicing learned skills and techniques

  • Work in groups

  • Debate Practices

SEMESTER 3

(March - May)

  • Teamwork in debate

  • Impromptu debate practices 

  • Thinking & Thriving Under Pressure

  • Practicing learned skills and techniques

  • Work in groups

  • Debate Practices

Advanced

SEMESTER 1

(September - November)

  • Introduction to WSDC debate

  • Key debate terms 

  • Basic argumentation 

  • Debate practices 

  • Preparation for debate tournaments

SEMESTER 2

(September - November)

  • Common debate themes

  • Generating Ideas

  • Preparation for motions to debate

  • Debate practices 

  • Preparation for debate tournaments

SEMESTER 3

(March - May)

  • Complex debate themes & motions

  • Team preparation for motions to debate

  • Debate practices 

  • Preparation for debate tournaments

Content

Environment

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Environmental protection and economic development

Vegetarianism

Sources of energy

International Environmental Obligations

Carbon Tax/Cap and Trade

Eco-terrorism

Society

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Social activism

Affirmative Action

Law and society

Automation/ Rise of technology

Refugees/ Immigration policies

Political systems

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Education

Education and technology

Single-gender schools

Academic streaming

Private and public schools

Religious schools

Corporal punishment in schools

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Economics

Introduction to Economics theories and concepts

Tax initiatives

Economic inequality/ poverty

Gig economy/ sharing economy

Nationalization of industries

International economics

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WSDC Team Vietnam

Preparing for World Schools Debating Championship

Coaches

Classes Details

TESTIMONIALS

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Jinny Shin

Member, Team Vietnam Development Squad

United Nations International School (Hanoi)

“As an introvert, I was never comfortable speaking to large groups of people. However, under coaches Walter and Samuel’s guidance, I realized how language proficiency played a large part in my confidence building. Through the numerous opportunities I was given to speak in front of large audiences, without fear of making mistakes, my proficiency in English naturally improved. They consistently worked on my persuasive oratory and helped me break many bad speaking habits. The coaches also made sure that we were comfortable working as a team, enjoyed the experience of learning, as well as excelling in international and national competitions. Their dedication and sincerity has inspired me to develop a passion for debating.

 

As my passion grew, I was able to achieve success both as a debater and student. From a student who barely contributed during class discussions, to one with the confidence to speak confidently and communicate concisely. Debate gave me the chance to travel to different countries, meet new people and gain real life knowledge from my learning journeys. It also taught me to how to research and process information quickly and efficiently, as well as to synthesize arguments. As a result, I am now more open-minded, and able to empathize with both sides to most issues. If it was not for debate, I would not be who I am today.”

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Ta Phu An

Observer, Team Vietnam Debate 2018

The Olympia Schools

“As a new debater, my teachers and coaches were instrumental in helping me get from a knowing almost nothing about debate, to being able to make my first 6 minute speech! Their dedication helped me to push my limits and to get better every day. Though debating is not always easy, there were many times that I enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill, as well as found joy in spending time with the friends I made from debate.

 

In particular, attending the World Schools Debating Championship 2018, even as an observer, was a rewarding experience. Under the guidance of my coaches, I watched and learned from the best teams from around the world. Their explanation after each debate also accelerated my learning and introduced me to new knowledge and strategies. It was a tiring experience, but in my opinion, well worth it.”