The Western Australian Debating League has undergone an extensive revision of its development material in 2020. Our updated material allows students to gain a deeper understanding of debating techniques and critical thinking skills, and will improve the quality of debating in Western Australia. Much of our updated debating material has been inspired by two of Claire Duffy's books: The Australian Schoolkid's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking and The Teen's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking.
Claire Duffy is the Director of Public Speaking and Debtaing at The Scots College in Sydney. A former high-school English teacher, Claire spent ten years in senior positions in government and non-profit organisations. She counts many award-winning school debaters and public speakers among her trainees and is the mother of an international champion debater.
The Australian Schoolkid's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking came runner up in the 2016 Educational Publishing awards, and has been a bestseller ever since. Pitched directly towards kids, it demystifies the process of debating and public speaking and covers everything kids, parents and teachers need to know. The Teen's Guide to debating and Public Speaking is pitched towards high school students who are entering the world of school debating and public speaking. The Guide includes practical tips and helpful step-by-step examples that allow students to speak with confidence, passion and persuasiveness.
WADL often refers to these books as the debating bibles. We highly recommend all students get their hands on a copy! WADL is currently selling copies of both books for a price of $20 each. To purchase a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Training Debate Videos
British Parliamentary Debating is based on the style of debate that occurs in the British Parliament. In BP debates, there are four teams of two who are all competing against each other.
The debate is divided into two 'houses': the Government and the Opposition. These two 'houses' are further divided into Opening and Closing halves.
WADL's Metro and Regional SDC competitions see debaters compete in traditional "3v3" style, with two teams of three debaters. Our competition has three year group levels of Novice, Junior, and Senior with differing speech times and preparation periods. You can learn more in the guides above!
The video to the left features some members of our 2019 state squad (aged between Years 10 to 12) doing a debate earlier this year arguing that we should abolish ATAR.