Saturday, March 6, 2010


Defining the RESOLUTION in debate.

Do’s and Don’ts

1) Do not talk way too fast during definition.You may confuse the judge and opponent.Make sure the judge and the opponent know what you are debating about.

2) Define the resolution slowly and clearly.

3) Define one word at a time (for instance: “ Doing outdoor activities is better than watching television” . According to Oxford Dictionary, Doing means take an action.,outdoor means outside a building such as a house,activities means action that you do ..............etc.So, Doing outdoor activities means doing an action outside the house or building is ...etc.) c) Repeat the definition as you defined it.

4) You may repeat your definition. Make eye-contact with the judge and opponents to smake sure they understand you.Watch for a nod.

5) If you were the Opposition, make sure you understand the Government’s definition.You may rise to a Point of Information.Ask the Government to repeat.You can say” "Point of Information, I don't understand the definitions". BUT do so when you do not understand the definition.Only ask for clarification.It is not a strategy.

6) Sometimes your request for definition was refused. You may say "Madam Speaker, I am sorry but I have not been able to fully understand the definitions.Please clarify the definitions one more time.”

Hope you will have an enjoyable debate.

Parliamentary Debate

How to answer Points of Information (POI)

You must address questions prompted to you by your opponents POLITELY, ACCURATELY and IMMEDIATELY.

So,dear students, the best way is to respond the same way every time.
The phrases that you can use are:

"Yes, I will be happy to address the gentleman's (or lady's) question."

To refuse a question, "I'm terribly sorry but I do not have time to address the gentleman's (or lady's) question at this moment."

To post-pone a question, "I'm sorry, I'd like to finish this point, then I will gladly address the gentleman's (or lady's) question."

After post-poning, "Now, I'll gladly address the gentleman's (or lady's) question."

Sometimes, you may say "I will happily take the first of three questions from the gentleman (or lady)." (if there were too many questions asked at a time)

To refuse any more questions, you can say "I'm terribly sorry but I will be unable to take any more questions."