Why kids need to practice debate

Debate is a competitive sport of reasoning using the art of persuasion to convince judges/opponents. In a similar way athletes would compete in different sports, competitive debaters use their solid and persuasive speech to win over judges. The ultimate value of debate is to develop a competitive drive, an unstoppable desire to succeed, and learn how to triumph over adversity and challenges.

Debate provides a platform for young students to learn how to deliver persuasive, logical and structured arguments. This practice enables them to master important skills used in a daily life or at school, such as public speaking, essay writing, critical thinking, and informational research. By routinely practicing debate and participating in tournaments at all levels, you will notice that your child will develop or improve on their confidence, self-esteem, social and political awareness, team work, leadership abilities, understanding of diplomacy and international issues. Eventually, debaters will excel in their current school study and future career development.

Debate Classes

Students from grade 7 to 12 can obtain different levels of debating skills by attending classes suitable for them. The coaches tailor a common curriculum to the needs of each class.  Normally, each debate class will consist of the basic components such as topic information, topic discussion, and debating practice. All students will be learning the following basic skills with more or less focus based on the debate levels:

Structure – How to organize arguments
Analysis – How to fabricate a critical and solid point
Style – How to present a persuasive and clarified speech
Strategy –  How to set up an effective strategy to catch judge's attention
Format – Introduce different formats used in debating tournaments
Knowledge – information research on different global topics, such as economic, politic and legal systems, culture, human right, etc.

Currently, DeRin Education offers 5 levels of debate classes:

Beginner (Level 1): Introduction to the debate way of thinking and style, researching topics, adopting and summarizing a position, defending a position or claim, understanding and using arguments and counter-arguments, using evidence and counter-examples, understanding the parliamentary debate procedure.

Intermediate 1 (Level 2): Becoming comfortable with debate, introducing more complicated topics, preparing for local tournaments.

Intermediate 2 (Level 3): Preparing for local tournaments.

Advanced 1 and 2 (Level 4 &5) : Preparing for local and national tournaments.

Our coaches

Our coaches are competitive debaters themselves at national and international university levels and all of them are experienced debate coaches for university and middle/high school students.

T. Mehta started debating in middle school, and has been incredibly passionate about the art of argumentation ever since. She has been teaching debate for over two years on a volunteer basis within her schedule school. Recently, she started coaching students to attend internationally acclaimed tournaments and acted as a judge. Within her personal debate experience, she has won awards at the national and international level. Her most notable accomplishments include being the 2nd Speaker and Quarterfinalist at Queens National HS Tournament, Grand Finalist at Western National HS Tournament, and 6th Novice at the Canadian University British Parliamentary Championships, both in 2022. Aside from that, she also has experience judging high school and university debates. Most recently, this has been for the National CP Qualifiers, and Harvard World Schools tournaments, both in 2022.

A.Bose started competitively debating in grade 9 and was later elected president of her high school debate society for 3 years. In which she would represent her school team in several provincial and national debate tournaments including OSDU Regional and Provincial tournaments, YorkU Women’s Championships, British Parliamentary Nationals Debate, Hart House and more. She frequently ranked within the top 5 speakers. More recently, her passion and advocacy for debate has led her volunteer and adjudicate for various university level tournaments.

J. Ahmed started debating in Grade 8 and she has been involved in debate ever since. She has been a debate coach at her school for a year, and has won multiple championships, finalists and best speaker awards. Within her debating experience in both Asia and North America, her most notable achievements include Semifinalist and 2nd best high school speaker of the Asian British Parliamentary debate tournament 2018, and Finalist of Hart House High Schools 2019. She also has experience in judging school/university tournaments. In Oct. 2019, Jumanah and and her teammate Jeffrey from the University of Waterloo made it to novice Semi Finals at the North American University Debating Championship 2019. They were able to win against many prestigious institutions. It is the largest tournament in North America and was held in Hobart William Smith College (Geneva, New York).

Y.Karim has been debating since grade 6. He was the President for his debate club in high school   and was also employed as the debate coach for his high school team shortly after his graduation. Currently he is in the second term as the Vice President of Training at the Laurier Debating Society and has recently been chosen as a debate team member for JDC Central Laurier. Y.Karim has 3 years of experience debating and teaching British Parliamentary and World Schools debating formats. His most notable achievements include being ranked as the 4th best speaker nationally in the Preworld's School Debating Championship 2017 where he was also the runner's up for that tournament. More recently he was ranked as the 2nd best Speaker as International students in the British Parliamentary Debating Championship 2019 hosted in McGill University.

I.Patwary has been debating since grade 8. Currently, he is the Vice President of Internal Affairs at the University of Waterloo Debate Society. He has over 2 years of experience teaching British Parliamentary and World Schools debating formats. He has won numerous awards while participating and adjudicating at tournaments in North America and Asia. His most notable achievements include being National Finalists of Saskatoon WSDC 2020, Quarter-finalists at Vancouver WSDC 2020 and Champion of Alternative Pre-ABP 2020.

S. Shahzad,  has been debating since Grade 7. It has been an integral part of his growth as a person. He has been training novice debaters at his high school for about 3 years now in his capacity as a club executive. He has been a Novice Runner-Up of the Asian School Debating Championship held in Malaysia in 2015 and has won the Pre-Worlds School Debating Championship 2017 in Bangladesh, as well as multiple other high school and Open tournaments.


DeRin Debate Girls 

Melissa and Scott won 3rd place at Appleby Junior debate tournament

Debate Tournament at University of Western Ontario 
Students at a debate class

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