From fall 2017

[Article] Exploring Cultural Competence in the WSDC Community

By Cindi Timmons – United States of America Abstract When the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) began in Australia in 1988, six nations participated: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Over the years, the event has expanded, culminating in 2016 with fifty-six nations represented at the WSDC in Stuttgart. While debating teams from six continents have been represented, the increasing variety of participants from non-Western nations and the growing diversity of the debaters themselves in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc., means that it is time for the global debating…

[Article] Transitioning from 3-on-3 formats to British Parliamentary: A Guide for Asian Adjudicators

By Lucas Li – Singapore I am deeply grateful to Mr. Adil Hakeem, Ms. Ameera Natasha Moore, Mr. Chua Jun Yan, Mrs. Geetha Creffield, Ms. Paulina Robles, Mr. Shih Yi-An, Mr. Siron Pereira and more who have requested not to be named. They helped review this work before submission, and their perspectives were invaluable in shaping and nuancing the final output. Abstract Figuring out how to win against three other teams – including one on your own bench – rather than one opponent is already hard enough for speakers. What more adjudicators who now have to evaluate a high degree…

[Op-Ed] Sharing Insights as a Debate Educator

By Simona Mazilu – Romania Summary This article offers insights into debating from the standpoint of an experienced educator, trainer and coach who works in both the European and World Schools circuits. My Debate Background or How It All Started I have been involved in debate since 1994: as a debate coach, judge and teacher-trainer; as a classroom teacher using debate as a tool for teaching, as well as an associate or representative of NGOs: for example, as a member of ARDOR/The Romanian Association of Debate, Oratory and Rhetoric – our national debate organization – and ARGO/The Romanian Association of…

[Op-Ed] The Native Crux

By Laura Alviž – Germany Summary The article revolves around the issue of native speaker bias that most members of the debating community experience during their debating career. The piece begins by outlining the perks that native-English-speaking debaters receive and the challenges they face. Building up from that, it introduces the theory that the native speaker bias transforms itself from a positive to a negative bias with the non-native-English-speaking judges’ growing awareness of the existence of said bias. Finally, the article proposes potential solutions for this problem and reaches the conclusion that a combination of several mechanisms may be able…

[Op-Ed] Listen to Diversity, Speak of Harmony

  By Team Singapore 2017 – Singapore Summary This opinion piece was written by members of the team that represented Singapore at the World Schools Debating Championships 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. It deals with their journey preparing for and debating in the tournament, as well as their experience in dealing with adjudication feedback. Opinion Piece Earlier this year, Team Singapore participated in the World Schools Debating Championships held in Bali, Indonesia. After months of preparation, eight preliminary rounds, and three out-rounds, our journey culminated in an extremely exciting and rigorous debate with Team England in the Grand Finals. Participating in…

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Editors’ Foreword

  At the start of 2017, it was the pleasure of the Editors to send out the call for papers for what we think is a valuable new platform to talk about all things to do with debates, and about debaters. The call for papers stated:  ‘International Debate is a new practitioner’s journal for members…