Debate

With an ever-increasing number of contentious global issues, discussion on them is prevalent throughout society, ranging from the political realm to within educational institutions.

Against this backdrop, the ability to articulate one’s opinions and justify it has never been more crucial. Our Debate program is catered specifically to students, empowering them with tools of logical reasoning, persuasive speech and the ability to appreciate diversity in perspectives. Armed with these tools, student debaters not only perform better in the short term, but also secure access to top colleges and universities in later years.

 

What is debate all about?
Debate is an interactive and representative argument meant to convince a panel of judges that your side of the house is correct. It is not a public speaking contest, nor is it an academic or general knowledge quiz. In its simplest form, a debate involves two teams making different sets of arguments about various topics in order to prove why their side is right. Debaters pick up the ability to articulate their thoughts, craft logical arguments, speak confidently in front of a crowd and appreciate diversity in perspectives, amongst many other benefits. It is for this same reason that debaters find more success in securing places in their dream college and career paths. Debate, therefore, is a crucial activity for developing awareness and maximizing the potential of students.

What students will gain?
By empowering students with persuasive speech, logical reasoning and the ability to appreciate diverse views, they will possess the necessary skills to compose and deliver fluent and substantive speeches.

Mastering the art of debate involves the understanding of a set of fundamental 21st century skills: the confidence to speak well in public; constructing a reasonable argument; the ability to understand and read people’s reactions; and the willingness to listen to others’ arguments, even if it is conflicting. Debating engages students in real, complex social problems while forcing them to understand both sides of an issue deeply and communicate their positions clearly.  

Why learn from us?
We have a zero-to-one approach to debate, the most decorated debate coaches in the world and a tried and tested method of training students with measurable results. Through our program, we strive to develop each student into a global citizen who thinks critically, communicate effectively and contribute passionately. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in local, regional and international debate tournaments.

Courses

Beginner Debate Course

Becoming a skilled debater requires a solid grounding in the fundamental elements of a debate. In the Axiom Debate Beginner Course, experienced international trainers guide students through the foundational steps required to pick up and enjoy debating. Beginning with a concrete understanding of the requirements of different debate formats, students will learn how to unpack and understand debate motions, before moving on to the crucial elements of argument construction and rebuttal. By the end of the course, students will be empowered with the knowledge required to begin a fulfilling journey of growth as a debater.

 

Advance Debate Course

Targeted at students with a background in debating, the Axiom Debate Advanced Course seeks to stretch students and maximise their potential. Students will be guided through advanced argument construction techniques, followed by detailed analysis on progressive team strategies. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their stylistic flair through experimentation with different speech personas. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the necessary skills to take on the most complex of debate motions, and hence take their debating to the next level.

 

Events

ASEAN+3 Debate Exchange

23, 24, 30, 31 Jan 2021

The ASEAN+3 Debate Exchange 2021 is the first of its kind, seeking to marry the tenacity of debate with an educational outreach for youths with regards to regional issues. In this event, participants from universities and high schools will debate on topics centred upon economic integration and sustainability respectively.

High school or university students aged 15 to 25 are invited to attend forums held on the first day of the event discussing economic integration and sustainability efforts in ASEAN. Through these forums, participants will gain a better ASEAN understanding and appreciation of these topics.

Apart from being a debate tournament, The Global Citizen hopes to create youth networks between like-minded students in the ASEAN+3 region. During their breaks, The Global Citizen encourages and will facilitate communication between teams, providing youths from China, Japan and Korea the unique opportunity to interact with ASEAN youths.

 To further interaction, participants will be given the chance to showcase their culture to their peers in the cultural night before the final rounds of debate. This will allow participants to learn more about each other’s unique culture while providing an informal setting for participants to interact with each other outside of a debate setting.

 

Dec Holiday Program

In line with the skill sets identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), The Global Citizen Education Group’s approach to skills development helps equip students with the necessary skills and views that will cultivate true global citizens. Through hands-on learning experiences, we aim to develop global citizens who think critically, write creatively, speak confidently and work collaboratively. These are invaluable learning moments that will not only better prepare students for higher education but also for a meaningful career and future.

 

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