“Seek debate, not division”. 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. The Global Citizen’s Debate Programme is catered specifically to students, empowering them with tools of logical reasoning, persuasive speech and the ability to appreciate diversity in perspectives.
The Global Citizen’s Debate Programme consists of debate masterclasses which aim to inculcate a love of learning, a passion for debating and a flair for speaking. Through a variety of training activities, students can look forward to an exciting programme crafted by internationally renowned coaches. Grounded in the format of the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), each module will focus on a specific skill set so that students will become sufficiently familiar with the art of debating, be it in the WSDC format or otherwise.
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.
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.