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Image:group+shot.small.JPG British Parliamentary Debate Training

On November 2, 3 and 4, 2007, IDEA conducted a training in British Parliamentary Debate for students from China (and a few from Mongolia!) at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. This page is designed as a post-training resource for the students and adjudicators at the training, as well as anyone else interested in BP debate. Several hundred people attended the training and participated well with comments, questions and ideas. Where possible, we've posted links to outlines, PowerPoint presentations and notes so that you can use these as you continue debating. We hope you find these materials useful!

The IDEA Training Schedule

Friday, November 2, 2007

13:00 - 13:40 Opening Ceremony

13:40 - 14:00 Introduction and training Orientation

14:00 - 14:30 Debating Constructively Outline

Debating Constructively Presentation

14:30 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:15 Overview of Four-Team Debating

15:15 - 17:00 Sample Four-Team Debate

17:00 - Analysis of sample debate

Saturday, November 3, 2007

09:00 - 10:30 Rules and Roles of British Parliamentary Debate: First Proposition and First Opposition

10:30 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Constructing a Case for the Proposition Outline

Constructing a Case for the Proposition Presentation

Example of Case Construction using Burma/Myanmar

12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 -16:00 Judges Workshop

14:00 - 15:15 Constructing a Case for the Opposition Outline

Constructing a Case for the Opposition Presentation

Example of Opposition Arguments using Burma/Myanmar

15:30 - 17:00 Rules and Roles of British Parliamentary Debate: Second Proposition and Second Opposition

17:15 - 18:00 The nature of an "extension"

Sunday, November 4, 2007

09:00 - 12:00 Judges Workshop

09:00 - 10:00 Fallacies Outline

Fallacies Presentation

10:15 - 11:00 Effective Delivery

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:00 Concluding questions and discussion

The IDEA Training Team


  • Robert Trapp, Willamette University, Director of Training

Dr, Robert Trapp is a professor of rhetoric at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and holds a Pd.D. from the University of Denver. He is currently the director of the IDEA program at Willamette. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on debate and rhetoric. Mr. Trapp served as President of the National Parliamentary Debate Association from 1995 - 1999. Debate teams from his university have won the Season Sweepstakes National Championship and the Tournament Sweepstakes National Championship on three separate occasions. He has coached debate at several universities in the United States and working with IDEA has been involved with debate training in a number of countries including Russia, Romania, Belarus, Macedonia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Uganda. Last May he was the Director of Training for the FLTRP Cup in Beijing.

  • Alex Dukalskis

Alex Dukalskis graduated from Willamette University in the United States, where he studied politics, philosophy and sociology. He debated there for 3 years. Alex was a successful national and international debater at Willamette, advancing to quarterfinals in the national championship and winning the IDEA International Tournament in Lithuania. After graduation, Alex was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. After completing his Fulbright year in South Korea, he studied for and was awarded a master's degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics (LSE). Since February of this year he has been working with IDEA doing training, event organizing and program coordination in a number of countries, including South Korea, Mongolia, Uganda, and the Czech Republic.

  • James Edenborough

James Edenborough is a trial lawyer from Britain, where he prosecutes and defends in criminal cases. He studied the history of political thought at university, and began debating as a graduate student at the London College of Law, where he was elected President of the College debating society in his second year. James has adjudicated and taught debate at tournaments in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia, and the IDEA camps in Slovakia and Russia. In his spare time he is an amateur actor. He says "law is like debating except they pay you to do it."

  • Vishal Nangalia

Vishal Nangalia is a Doctor specializing in anesthesia in the United Kingdom. He has over ten years of debate and public speaking experience. He started debating in High School where he founded the debating society. He became President of the University of Leicester Debating Society in his second yr at medical school and later took on the role of the Society's Inter-Varsity Convenor. In April 2007, he taught the IDEA debate workshop at Nankai University, Tianjin. Besides debate, Vishal develops new medical devices and is involved in space medicine research.

  • Veronika Vlckova, IDEA Youth Forum Director

Veronika Vlckova is an internationally accredited debate trainer. She has 6 years of debate training experience encompassing various formats as well as public speaking skills. Until recently she has been a member of the Board of Directors of IDEA and currently she is the Youth Forum Coordinator. Veronika is finishing her studies at the University of Vienna, major Sociology. Her research focused on how social participation and volunteering in youth activities relate to the level of tolerance among young people.

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