Our Unique Format
Right from the start, we introduced our very own 3 vs. 3 debate format. This means there are two teams with three debaters on each team. Proposition argues for the motion, while Opposition argues against. This format is used by all Secondary School students in Qatar and for the University students who debate in Arabic.
Each speaker gets five minutes to present his or her case. Starting with Ist Proposition speaker, the debate zig-zags from team to team, finally ending with the 3rd Opposition speaker.
Arguments must be delivered in the ARE style, which stands for Assertion-Reasoning-Evidence.
An assertion is not merely a statement but one with impact. For example, “Schools must stop homework.”
Next, a clear reason must be given to support the assertion. For example, “Schools must stop homework because students don’t get any leisure time anymore.”
Finally, evidence must be provided to validate one’s assertion and reason. For example, “Studies show that 81% of students hardly attend evening games due to lack of time and exhaustion.”
British Parliamentary Format
The British Parliamentary (BP) format was adopted amongst the Universities within Qatar in 2010 so that local debaters are able to compete internationally. BP is the most commonly used debate style around the world.With style origins in parliamentary procedure, the BP format takes place between four teams with definite roles to play. Here, Points of Information are key to maintaining relevance. Having gained widespread support across the world, the BP format is the official style of the World Universities Debating Championship and the European Universities Debating Championship.
Classical, Policy & Public Debate
In the United States alone, there are 20 different debate formats. Each state practices their own formats in their schools. Originating in Minnesota, the Classical Debate emphasizes logic and real-world discussion. Alternatively, Policy Debate is a style of debating strategic arguments where the resolution results in calls for change in policy by a government. In speed segments, debaters speak rapidly to present as much evidence and information as possible as counter arguments. Other formats include Texas’ Public Debate, where public speaking and audience persuasion skills prevail over the use of evidence and speed.