WADL has an extensive development program that is designed to assist students in improving and refining their debating skills. We offer a variety of development opportunities and activities.
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Regional Development Program
SCSA Endorsed Program
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We offer a range of seminars designed to improve the debating skills of students. The seminars currently offered are described below, and we are happy to take requests for tailored presentations.
Introduction to Debating Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students with little or no experience with debating, and is targeted at students debating in the Novice level of the Competition. It will consist of an introduction to speaker roles, basic guide to case construction and basic information on rebuttal.
Advanced Case Construction Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students who have some debating experience, but would like to further their case construction skills. This Seminar is targeted at students debating in the Junior level of the Competition, but students competing in the Novice and Senior level may also benefit from attending this Seminar. It will include a brief recap of speaker roles, as well as an in-depth guide to case construction.
Advanced Rebuttal Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students who have some debating experience, but would like to further their rebuttal skills. This Seminar is targeted at students debating in the Junior level of the Competition, but students competing in the Novice and Senior level may also benefit from attending this Seminar. It will include a brief recap of rebuttal, as well as an in-depth guide to issue based and thematic rebuttal.
Senior Impromptu & POI Seminar: This Seminar is for students competing in the Senior division of the WADL Schools Debating Competition. It will include an explanation of Points of Information, as well as some tactics that teams could adopt, as well as a detailed guide on preparing for impromptu debates.
Seminars are charged at $100/hour for each presenter. A presenter can be expected to take a class of up to 30 students. Larger group seminars can be arranged on request, but will be charged at a higher rate.
Unless otherwise requested, seminars will run for 1 hour.
BOOK A SEMINAR
If you would like to book a seminar, please email the development officer Eve via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Development Weekend is an opportunity for all participants in the Schools Debating Competition, regardless of skill or experience level, to improve and refine their public speaking and debating skills. The 2019 Development Weekend will be held over the weekend of March 9 and March 10, in late Term 1.
The 2018 Development Weekend will be similar in nature to 2018. Students will be required to commit to the entire 4.5 hour session at their chosen venue.
Students are required to bring their own lunch and morning/afternoon tea for the event (they will have two breaks of approximately 15-30 minutes during the day). Please wear casual clothes on the day (School uniform is not required).
Each session will run for 4.5 hours, with two short breaks during the event. Students will be streamed into varying skill level based on their age/previous debating experience. Students will take part in an introduction to debating/introduction to Senior seminar, an advanced case construction & rebuttal workshop, as well as a mock debate. Students will be in groups of 10-15 students with 1 WADL accredited facilitator per group.
Register for Development Weekend 2019 are closed.
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
WADL runs debating workshops at schools in regional and outer-metropolitan areas.
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.
We have also provided adjudication workshops for teachers 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.
There would be no cost incurred on your behalf for regional development workshops. 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 the Regional Vice-President, Russell, at email@example.com for more information on regional development programs.
SCSA ENDORSED PROGRAM
The WADL Schools Debating Competition & BP Debating Competition have been recognised as an Endorsed Program by the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority since 2015. Students who are eligible may apply to have their participation in our activities recognised as an Endorsed Program.
Complete the form below if you wish to receive an Endorsed Program for your involvement with WADL this year. Please note the eligibility criteria included.
If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Madu, the Administrative Vice-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.