Tallinn Debating Competition

Winning Teams from both streams of the Finnish High Schools Debating Competition Finals will be sponsored to a competition in Tallinn on 12th and 13th January 2013

Teachers who have been couching teams are asked to contact Debating coordinator Kristiina Leskinen in order to register and to book the tickets. For buying the ferry tickets we need full names and dates of births. Kindly make certain that your schools insurance will cover this study trip.


The motion for English College Open 2013 preliminary rounds, round 1 and 3, is
“This House supports sovereign debt defaults as a legitimate economic strategy for countries”

The Motion for the Grand Final is
“This house would cease the exploitation of resources in the Arctic region”.

The impromptu motions for round 2 and semi-finals will be announced one hour before the beginning of the round.

We are also setting up a facebook page for the tournament and in a couple of days all the information will be up there as well. All the information about registration will be up there as well.

The page is: http://www.facebook.com/EnglishCollegeOpen

General Information

Tournament: Tallinn English College Open 2013
Dates: 12.01-13.01.2012
Place: Tallinn English College
Address: Estonia pst. 10, 10148 Tallinn, Estonia
Participation fee: 10€ (per debater; judges/guardians are free of charge)
Registration: Starts at the beginning of December and it is possible to register on www.debate.ee (Estonian Debating Society homepage), I will send you link as soon as the registration opens.
Motions will be released on the 12th of December.
Participants will have to prepare 2 motions. There is one motion for the preliminary round and the second one for the Grand Final.
First Round=Prepared motion
Second Round=Impromptu motion
Third Round= Prepared motion (opposite side)
Semi-finals= 2nd Prepared motion
The Grand Final= 2nd Prepared motion

Saturday 12.01.2012
10:30-11:00 Registration and arrival
11:00-11:20 Opening Ceremony
11:20-12:50 First Round
13:00 Second Round Announced
13:15-14:30 Second Round
14:45-15:30 Lunch (Impromptu motion for the next round is being announced during lunch)
16:00-17:30 Third Round
17:30-18:30 Free time
18:30-19:15 Dinner
19:30-21:00 Break night (social activities, finalists are announced

Sunday 13.01.2012
8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:30 Opening (Impromptu motion for semifinals is announced)
9.30-10.30 Preparation time
10:30-11:45 Semifinals
12:00 Finalists are announced
12.15 Grand Final
13.30 Closing Ceremony


We will meet you in the harbor. As this is the earliest ship and the competition has a tight schedule you cannot take your bags right to the hostel. You will be guided to your hostel during your free time, which starts at 17:30. Before taking your belongings to the hostel, you can store the bags in one of the classrooms, which will be locked.


Saturday 12.01.2013 Helsinki-Tallinn
Ship: Star/Superstar

Sunday 13.01.2013 Tallinn-Helsinki
13:30-16:30 (However, the tournament has not ended officially)
Ship: Star/Superstar

My friend, Herman Kelomees, who has organized many international events in Estonia, such as Model United Nations and the Model European Parliament sessions, recommended this hostel, because of its great location, it is situated in the city center, and it is clean and decent as well.
You can take a look at some of the pictures and read comments from other visitors from the page below:
The prices are here:

Fee Debater Adult
Participation fee 10 € –
Ship tickets (x+y) 41€+35€ 41€+35€
Accommodation c16 € c16 €
Approximate cost: 102€ 92 €

Explanation about the transportation:
x= Helsinki-Tallinn
y= Tallinn-Helsinki

Additional remarks:
– Food will be covered for lunch 12.01, dinner 12.01 and breakfast 13.01
– Maybe there are sales of ship tickets and they could be bought cheaper

1 thought on “Tallinn Debating Competition

  1. Greetings from English College Opens in Tallinn!

    I could sum up our feelings with these few words: veni, vidi,vici. Our team, team TYK (Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio) won the second place in the competition. We had some training before we left for Tallinn, this help suited the stage of our development and lead to the sort of improvements in our structure and style that won the hearts of two of the five judges.
    The British Ambassdor in Estonia was one of these five judges.
    I strongly recommend participation in this competition to all of you who can mak it next year. You do not have to the winner of Finals in Finland to be able to do it!


    Kristiina Leskinen

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