What is debating?
Debating is a form of representation and deliberation in which two sides present and refute arguments particular to a topic or an idea. It differs from discussions or informal ‘debates’ because it requires engagement of ideas in the form of refutation and rebuttal.
What benefits debating fosters?
Debating promotes multiple skills that directly reflect to everyday life. It inevitably stimulates the participants to consider the opponents standpoint, and so to: spread knowledge and opinions; help to construct better arguments; and to concentrate on what is essential. Furthermore debaters learn how to stand up for themselves, how to make themselves convincing and understood, they get training in public speaking, gain new intellectual ideas, gets to travel new fascinating places, meet intriguing and intelligent people…
The utilities of debating vary form person to person — for you the reason may be some of the above, to gain an outstanding mark on your resumé, or something entirely different. Join us and find out what is your debate-story!
What kind of debating do we do?
There are many formats of debating. During training sessions, which take place every Thursday at 18.00, we use the British Parliamentary format. The British Parliament format is the style of debating which is primarily used in international competitions.
During our weekly Debate Cafés we experiment different formats of debating with the intention of encouraging participants to express themselves through public speaking. During October we will try a theater-related format. Find out more by following us on Facebook!
In addition LDS sometimes organizes special events, e.g. workshops, lectures, or bigger tournaments.
What languages do we use?
Our regular debates are in English. For this we have three primary reasons: first, a significant amount of our members are internationals; second, some of our members train to take part in international competitions which are often held in English; and thirdly, we like a bit of an academical challenge.
Do we travel abroad for international competitions?
Yes. We travel several times a year to represent LDS in different international tournaments and competitions.
…and can I join?
Yes. Any LDS member can travel abroad to compete: the contesting opponents are always divided by the level of debate-experience. For further information, contact us via e-mail or visit one of our Debate Cafés!
Do we serve fika during our debate cafe sessions?
Yes. Fika is very important to us and we offer it for free.