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QatarDebate holds workshop on British parliamentary model.

QATARDEBATE Center recently conducted a weeklong workshop in which university students and faculty were trained in the British parliamentary debate model.

Noted debate trainer Kate Shuster, director of the world's largest debate programme for students called 'Middle School Public Debate Program' at Claremont McKenna College, guided the participants as to how they could become good debaters by holding a number of training sessions.

As many as 24 faculty members and a large number students from all universities in Qatar attended the drills.

QatarDebate will make use of the British parliamentary debate model in its future debate sessions for the university students from this academic year.

Regarding the BP style of debating, Shuster said: "This is the World University Debating Championship (WUDC) format.

It is an in-depth debate method which tries to fathom out the inner core of a debate topic and conducts a detailed analysis of a topic." She said that the BP style was very different, with there being four members in a team as against three in the schools debate model.

Another important feature of BP debate is that only 15 minutes are given for preparation and no electronic devices are allowed.

QatarDebate Center Program Manager Kelly Bieringer said that that the shift to BP format of debating was a change for the better.

She said: "We wanted to introduce the BP style of debating primarily for the reason that all the international debates are taking place in this format.

As our students take part at the university level of debating it is imperative for them to be acquainted with this format.

Moreover this format gives scope for wider and detailed debating than the schools debate format." She also said that separate training sessions had been organised for various universities in Qatar according to their convenient timing.

She also hoped that the students would benefit highly from the workshops and be able to present their ideas more logically and convincingly.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Oct 27, 2010
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