Speaking, Adjudication & Cases

Be sure to check out these resources:

  • Debating 101 and Development
    • Prepared by Tamara Jenkin and Ailidh Leslie this provides an introduction to the WSU style of debating and describes how to structure speeches, points and rebuttal.
  • Adjudication and coaching
    • Prepared by Tamara Jenkin, this provides an introduction to adjudicating (judging) and coaching WSU style debating.
  • Adjudication template
    • Prepared by Ailidh Leslie and Tamara Jenkin this document can be used while adjudication to show you what notes to take and guide you through how to evaluate each point in a debate.
  • Top 10 ways to improve debating
    • Prepared by Stephen Whittington and Christopher Bishop, this “top 10” guide to debating is a great resource for new debaters looking to direct their training, and for more experienced debaters to refine their skills.
  • Tim Sonnreich’s Guide to Training
    • Tim Sonnreich is one of the best debaters to come out of Australia, and he has used his skills to produce a  40 page Guide to Debating. It is an excellent and informative document that can be absorbed over a few hours, and is a definite “must-read” for anyone who is serious about improving their debating ability.
  • The Debating Bible
    • This book contains everything you needed to know about debating. It contains information on every possibly aspect of debating, and so is the perfect ‘reference book’ for an aspiring debater. This book is useful to turn to whenever there is a specific aspect of debating you want to know more about
  • The Wellington Speaking Union Adjudicator Guide
    • The WSU Adjudicator Guide has been developed by Christopher Bishop, and is an excellent overview of how to adjudicate debating in the WSU style. An excellent resource for coaches, debater, and adjudicators alike, the resource covers all of the main aspects of schools debating in an easily accessible format.
  • The Wellington Speaking Union Coaching Guide.
    • The WSU Adjudicator Coaching has been developed by Christopher Bishop, and is an excellent overview of how to coach successfully. An excellent resource for coaches and  debaters alike, the resource covers all of the main aspects of schools debating in an easily accessible format.
  • Trainee Adjudication Guide
    • If you are interested in becoming a fully qualified adjudicator, then this is the resource for you. All people who want to become New Zealand accredited adjudicators need to complete the tests described in this document, and show competency in adjudicating. Learning from this guide will be a great help.
  • The Debatabase
    • Provides a summary of arguments for oft-debated topics.
  • Debatepedia
    • An online debating wikipedia that is an extension of Debatabase. Users can contribute to topics by providing arguments “for” or “against” topics.
  • IDEA debate
    • IDEA debate is an international training organisation for debating. Check out their resources, especially their videos and motions.