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Regional Development Program

WADL runs debating workshops at schools in regional and outer-metropolitan areas.

Student Workshops

The workshops for students aim to assist students with understanding the finer points of debating and its important role within the community. These can have a number of different formats and timelines, but they usually involve learning debating skills, point and case crafting, and doing a practice debate. We can cater the workshops to suit different ages, from years 7-12.

Adjudicator Workshops

We have also provided adjudication workshops for teachers (and any interested parents) to use in intra- and inter-school competitions. These run for between 1-2 hours. 

All instructors involved in running the program are current WADL-accredited adjudicators. Most are also past members of the WA Schools team, have coached school teams, or are members of the WADL committee.

The workshop provides participants with a detailed overview of adjudicating, including marking criteria and guidelines, timing of debates, the roles of an adjudicator and common mistakes. We also teach how to take notes and how to provide oral feedback. In addition, we organise a practice scenario with feedback.

Further Information

There would be no cost incurred on your behalf. However, if you feel you would be able to assist with the running of the program in any way, then please state this when you contact us. Ideally, we are looking to run workshops where interested students from other schools could also attend. We also ask that those students participating have an express interest in debating. 

Please contact Regional Officer, Katie McAllister, at katie.mcallister@wadl.org for more information on WADL's Regional development program.