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Prepare a Debate Seminar (Years 8 to 12)

Saturday 29 February, 10:30am to 4:30pm

Suitable for beginners  in Years 8 to 12, the Prepare a Debate seminar will provide you with the opportunity to prepare and present a debate to an adjudicator and receive feedback in preparation for the upcoming debating season.

Debating Primary Teacher/Coach Professional Learning

Wednesday 4 March, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Aimed at coaches for the Schools’ Competition this workshop will focus on the following topics: 1. Introduction to debating and expectations of students. 2. Guiding students to brainstorm and organise arguments. 3. Use of evidence and statistics. 4. Brief introduction to fallacies. 5. Rebuttal techniques for students. A certificate of attendance for 3 PL hours including AITSL standards will be provided to all participants. Can’t make the workshop time or need something different? Debating SA can also come to your…

Debating Secondary Teacher/Coach Professional Learning

Thursday 5 March, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Aimed at coaches for the Schools’ Competition this workshop will focus on the following topics: 1. Introduction to debating and expectations of students. 2. Guiding students to brainstorm and organise arguments. 3. Use of evidence and statistics. 4. Brief introduction to fallacies. 5. Rebuttal techniques for students. A certificate of attendance for 3 PL hours including AITSL standards will be provided to all participants. Can’t make the workshop time or need something different? Debating SA can also come to your…

Prepare a Debate Seminar (Years 5 to 7)

Saturday 14 March, 10:30am to 4:30pm

Suitable for beginners  in Years 5 to 7, the Prepare a Debate seminar will provide you with the opportunity to prepare and present a debate to an adjudicator and receive feedback in preparation for the upcoming debating season.

Taking the Next Step in Coaching Students

Tuesday 17 March, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Unlike many other co-curricular activities that coaches may take on in a school, debating requires active facilitation by a coach who has a critical ear and knowledge of some argumentation theory. This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for participants to upskill themselves in critical listening and coaching. Workshop outcomes The importance of clear and critical thinking when coaching debates. Every debate has two sides and how to guide students when it may appear (but is not actually the case!)…

Fallacies Seminar

Saturday 21 March, 10:00am to 11:30am

What are fallacies? How can they help you to develop better arguments and improve your rebuttal? Come along to this fun and interactive seminar and find out!

Evidence and Reasoning Seminar

Saturday 21 March, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

A key part of debating is providing evidence to support your case. This seminar will help you to ensure that you use evidence correctly and effectively.

Rebuttal Seminar

Saturday 21 March, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Highly recommended for all Primary School debaters this seminar will take you through the most popular techniques of rebuttal. We will teach you some fun games that you can play with your team to help improve your rebuttal skills.

Fallacies Seminar

Saturday 16 May, 10:00am to 11:30am

What are fallacies? How can they help you to develop better arguments and improve your rebuttal? Come along to this fun and interactive seminar and find out!

Evidence and Reasoning Seminar

Saturday 16 May, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

A key part of debating is providing evidence to support your case. This seminar will help you to ensure that you use evidence correctly and effectively.

Rebuttal Seminar

Saturday 16 May, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Highly recommended for all Primary School debaters this seminar will take you through the most popular techniques of rebuttal. We will teach you some fun games that you can play with your team to help improve your rebuttal skills.

Definition Debates Seminar

Tuesday 19 May, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A definition debate is one where the two teams disagree on the meaning of the topic. This type of debate is often complex and confusing for debaters. In this practical hands-on seminar we will present you with the opportunity to engage with and discuss strategies around how to handle this kind of debate.

The Unwinnable Case: Taking the hard line in debates

Wednesday 20 May, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

So you’ve just received your debating topic and side and you think that you’ve got the hard side of the debate? This workshop is for you. Every debate has two sides – you just need to have the right skills and techniques to approach the topic. During this interactive workshop, debaters will be encouraged to take what may initially appear to be the difficult side of a topical issue. Using the skills and techniques we will teach you, you will…

Voice and Presentation Seminar

Saturday 23 May, 10:30am to 1:30pm

A fun and exciting seminar, you will learn how to be more animated and engaging speakers through a range of games and learning activities such as theatre sports.

Good Manners Seminar

Saturday 23 May, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Good manners are an essential part of civil interaction with all members of society. They are also very important in your debate as well. Come along to learn the ins and outs of how be gracious in any social situation.

Prep for Short Prep Workshop

Saturday 25 July, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

This workshop will guide participants through the process of preparing a short preparation debate, in the allocated 90 minutes. At the conclusion of the preparation time, students will have the opportunity to debate and/or discuss their prepared arguments with our team of expert adjudicators. It is strongly recommended that students attend as debating teams to get the authentic preparation experience.

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