Debating 2014-2015

Dear all,

The debate term 2014-2015 is ahead so here’s some information and important dates before that. We warmly welcome both old and new debate teachers to join us!

The debating activities consist of three things; a kick-off event for teachers in August, workshops at schools along the autumn and the Final Tournament in January.

At the kick-off event in Tampere in August we have two tracks; one for those who aren’t familiar with debating yet and the other for those who’d like to learn more. We will spend the afternoon together checking the plans for next year. Also this year each school will get a contact person from the university debating societies. We’ll meet some of them at this event too. For this event we’re hoping to get tentative registrations by the 6th of June. We’ll send more information for those registered at the end of the summer, closer to the event. We’re hoping that each school participating in debating activities would send at least one representative to ensure the same facts concerning the format and our events.

During the autumn it’s possible to organize area workshops held by the university debaters. You can plan the workshop together with them and they can help for example organizing a practise tournament, training the basics of debating or training of some specific skill area.
Again, the highlight of the year will be the Final Tournament, which will this year take place in Kouvola on the 24th-25th of January (Saturday-Sunday). We’re going to have an awesome weekend of debating and getting to know each other. Each school can register one team. The team cap for the tournament will be 20 teams, and they will be filled in order of registration (opens later in the autumn). The judges in the tournament will be experienced university debaters.

In all of the events we are using the international World Schools Debating format, but with 6 -minute constructive speeches and 4 –minute reply speeches. There will be no open/floor debate (questions from the audience). The decision was made on the basis of the feedback from this year’s tournament.

Registrations by e-mail to
Important dates:
6.6. Registration deadline for the kick off event
16.8. Kick-off event at Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio
Autumn Workshops
24. – 25.1.2015 The Finals, Kouvolan Lyseon lukio

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer!
All the best,
Aira Ranta
Debate Co-Ordinator, Federation of Finnish-British Societies
050 533 5912

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