RULES OF THE TORTOSA ENGLISH FESTIVAL UNIVERSITY DEBATE
The debate has a duration of 5 - 8 minutes. Four speakers will take part in each debate, two of them will be for the topic proposed, and the other two, against it.
The topic and position will be announced 10 minutes before the beginning of each debate, which will be divided in four rounds:
- First round: introduction. Speakers will introduce themselves and their position.
- Second round: argumentation. Speakers will argue their position. Maximum 40
- Third round: rebuttal. Speakers will refute the other’s arguments. Maximum 40
Fourth round: conclusion. Speakers will sum up the debate under a positive light for their position. Maximum 20 seconds each. The debate will carry out as it follows:
xx:x0:00 Introduction. First Speaker For.
xx:x0:15 Introduction. First Speaker Against.
xx:x0:30 Introduction. Second Speaker For.
xx:x0:45 Introduction. Second Speaker Against.
xx:x1:00 Argumentation. First Speaker For.
xx:x1:40 Argumentation. First Speaker Against.
xx:x2:20 Argumentation. Second Speaker For.
xx:x3:00 Argumentation. Second Speaker Against.
xx:x3:40 Refutation. Second Speaker For.
xx:x4:20 Refutation. Second Speaker Against.
Topics and positions
Ten minutes before the start of every debate, the positions and topic will be sorted by draw.
The topic will be one of the following list:
1. The government should pay for all university education.
2. Health care should be free in all countries.
3. Lawyers should make a higher salary than nurses.
4. Regional wealth should be distributed evenly across a country.
5. Success in life means money.
6. Friendship is the most important relationship in life.
7. Starting school later is beneficial to teenage brain development.
8. The voting age should be lowered.
9. The driving age should be raised.
10. Governments should encourage students to go study to foreign countries.
11. All jobs should have the same schedule as schools so children can spend more time with their parents.
12. Small nations have a future and a say in a globalised world?
13. Should we worry for the ozone cape?
14. Do university students consume too much alcohol?
The positions are:
1st For - this speaker is for the topic proposed
1st Against - this speaker is against the topic proposed
2nd For - this speaker is for the topic proposed, but has to argue it with a diferent argumentation from the 1st speaker For
2nd Against - this speaker is against the topic proposed, but has to argue it with a diferent argumentation from the 1st speaker against
During the debate, each jury should fill a grill as the one proposed in the document Annex I. By the end of the debate, they all should handle the grill to someone from the organization, who should add all the positions.
At the end of each debate, someone of the organizations will keep record of the points each speaker has according to the jury’s act. There is no need of agreement amongst the judges. This means that each act is as valid as any other.
First position = 1 point
Second position = 2 points
Third position = 3 points
Fourth position = 4 points
In order to classify for the next round, the speakers with the lowest punctuation will be chosen.
The first debate will start at 10 am on Friday, 15th of April, so all speakers must be there by 9:45 am, when the first topic will be anounced. There will be 5 debates per hour, and throughout the morning and first part of the afternoon the classification rounds will take place. The final will be held at 8:00 pm at Tortosa Market. The official schedule will be announced on Monday, 9th of April.