Beginner’s division

To introduce debating to students who have not done it before and to give them a chance to compete, we have added the beginner’s division to the competition.

  • Beginners will have longer preparation time (60 minutes) for the impromptu round, and will be given materials/resources relating to the motion. There will also be two prepared motions, with sides allocated to teams two weeks in advance.
    • Prepared motions are:
      • (1) This house believes that students should have a say in what they wish to learn;
      • (2) This house regrets the UN’s effort to reduce world poverty
  • Debaters will be expected to give short speeches: 3-minute speeches and 1.5-minute replies. However, there will be no protected time, and POIs can be offered through the 3-minute speeches.
  • Schools without a debate team can benefit from help to set one up.


09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30 Roll call and announcements
09:30-10:30 Preparation for impromptu round
10:30-11:15 Round 1 (impromptu)
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:15 Round 2 (prepared)
12:15-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:30 Round 3 (prepared)
14:50-15:50 Watch semi-finals of open break
16:15-17:15 Watch Grand finals