Please download and familarise yourself with the 2018 Debating Handbook.
Read through the 2017 Middle and Senior School powerpoints below. These will be used during the Introductory Workshop at Casuarina Senior College on Tuesday 27th of February from 4.00pm til 5:30pm.
Debating Guides: The Australia-Asia Debating Guide is a comprehensive and essential resource for all debaters, teachers, coaches and adjudicators. The NTDU Debating Handbook is an invaluable guide that outlines the rules, scoring, structure and adjudication of debating in the NT.
Speaker Duties: Each speaking position has specific duties that must be fulfilled.
Point Structure: Substantive points need to have a clear and persuasive structure. Use the SCARES planner to help write your arguments. See this example to assist you to establish context and give evidence.
Points of Information: A POI should be less than 15 seconds and can be a question or statement that is pertinent to the content of the current speech. Click here for more detailed information from the QDU.
Research links: IDEA Debatabase for Senior debate research. Debatewise is a useful starting point, but it has limited depth. Public broadcaster and independent media organisations are also valuable resources e.g. BBC, Guardian, Q&A etc.
Activities: Teachers, Debating Tennis is an excellent classroom activity. Find out more here. A quiz with further research is a great way to build general knowledge, which debaters can draw on short preparation debates.
Videos: Search youtube for debates videos. Key terms: australs, WSDC, NSDC, Monash Association of Debaters.
Affiliates: The NTDU is a very small debating organisation. Other state and territory affiliates have a wealth of resources available on their respective sites: