City University English Debating Team
|British Parliamentary Debate||WUDC||Activities||Photos|
The English Debating Team (EDT) consists of a group of students who are keen to debate issues of local and international interests in English.
Currently we have around 30 members and several alumni who are coming to help the team. The Team Captain of 2014/15 year is Anas Khan, a year 3 Finance student who has participated in several intervarsity and international debate tournaments.
The style of debate our team practices is mainly British Parliamentary ("BP"). Motion is given on the day of debating and each team would have 15 minutes to prepare for the speeches. Each speaker in the team has to give a 7 minute speech on issue of world's significance.
The intervarsity tournament we take part in is called Joint Universities Debating Competition ("JUDC"). 6 universities in Hong Kong (BU, CityU, CUHK, HKU, HKUST, PolyU) compete among each other in the tournament.
This year City University will Host JUDC and participate in multiple intervarsity and open tournaments the World.
British Parliamentary Debate
Many university level institutions in English speaking nations sponsor parliamentary debate teams, but the format is currently spreading to the high school and middle school levels as well. Despite the name, the Parliamentary style is not related to debates in governmental parliaments.
In BP there are 4 teams (2 debaters in a team, so 8 debaters in total) in each round. Two teams represent the Government, and two teams represent the Opposition. The Government supports the resolution, and the Opposition opposes the resolution. The teams are also divided into the Opening and Closing halves of the debate. The teams are organized like this in the room:
|Upper house (upper half)||Opening Government (OG)||Opening Opposition (OO)|
|Lower house (lower half)||Closing Government (CG)||Closing Opposition (CO)|
There are two speakers on each team. Each speaker has a title. The titles are:
|OG: Prime Minister||OO: Leader of the Opposition|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Deputy Leader of the Opposition|
|CG: Member of the Government||CO: Member of the Opposition|
|Government Whip||Opposition Whip|
The speaking order is as follows:
- Prime Minister First Speaker, OG
- Leader of the Opposition First Speaker, OO
- Deputy Prime Minister Second Speaker, OG
- Deputy Leader of the Opposition Second Speaker, OO
- Member of the Government First Speaker, CG
- Member of the Opposition First Speaker, CO
- Government Whip Second Speaker, CG
Opposition Whip Second Speaker, CO
Debates are presided over by a Speaker, who is often the Chair of the adjudicator panel. The Speaker keeps time and calls debaters to the floor.
Each debater has 7 minutes to speak. The first and last minutes are protected time. This means that no POIs may be offered during this time. The Speaker will give a signal at the end and the beginning of protected time, at the seven-minute mark, and at the end of grace. The Speaker will probably not give time signals otherwise, so it is recommended that debaters bring a stopwatch to time themselves or their partner.
(With reference to http://parliamentarydebate.blogspot.com/2007/08/british-parliamentary-debate.html)
World Universities Debating Championship
The World Universities Debating Championship ("WUDC") is the world's largest debating tournament, and one of the largest annual international student events in the world. It is a parliamentary debating event, held using a variant of the British Parliamentary Debate format. Each year, the event is hosted by a university selected by the World Universities Debating Council. The tournament is colloquially referred to as Worlds.
(World's debating website: http://flynn.debating.net/colmmain.htm)
The 2016 Championship would be held in Greece over the New Year holiday.
(Greece Worlds 2016 website: http://thessaloniki2016.com/)
- Academic Year 2014/15
- Hong Kong, China:Hong Kong Debate Open (November 2014)
- Shah Alam, Malaysia: World Universities Debating Championship (December 2014)
- Hong Kong, China:Dual Culture Cup (January 2015)
- Hong Kong, China: Joint Universities Debating Championship (March 2015)
- Macau, China: Macau Asian Parliamentary Debate Open (April 2015)
- Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan Debate Open (May 2015)
- Bali, Indonesia: United Asian Debating Championship (June 2015)
- Academic Year 2013/14
- Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong Debate Open (November 2013)
- Solbridge, South Korea: North East Asian Open (November 2013)
- Chennai, India: World University debating Championships (December 2013 - January 2014)
- Hong Kong, China: Joint University Debating Competition (JUDC) (February 2014)
- Tokyo, Japan: International Christian University Tournament (ICUT) (March 2014)
- Singapore: United Asian Debate Competition (May 2014)
- Academic Year 2012/13
- Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong Debate Open (November 2012)
- Seoul, South Korea: North East Asian Open (November 2012)
- Berlin, Germany: World Universities Debating Championship (December 2012 - January 2013)
- Hong Kong, China: Joint University Debating Competition (JUDC) (February 2013)
- Tokyo, Japan: International Christian University Tournament (ICUT) (March 2013)
- Academic Year 2010/11
- Hong Kong, China: Joint Universities Debating Championship (JUDC) (October 2010 - May 2011)
- Botswana: World Universities Debating Championship (December 2010 - January 2011)
- Hong Kong, China: Hong Kong Debate Open (October 2010)
- Macau, China: North East Asian Open (October - November 2011)
- Beijing, China: FLTRP Cup (May 2011)
- Macau, China: United Asian Debating Championships (May 2011)
- Academic Year 2009/10
- Hong Kong, China: BP Beginner Workshop by Mr. Loke Wing Fatt (Sept 2010)
- Hong Kong, China: Joint University Debating Competition (JUDC) 2009-2010
- Singapore: Singapore NTU Dorothy Cheung Debating Championship (27/3- 28/3/2010)
- Macau, China: Macau IMP Workshop (1/4-5/4/2010)
- Beijing, China: FLTRP Chinese National English Debating Competition (15/5-25/5/2010)
- Xian, China: Xian China BP Open (27/5- 30/5/2010)
Macau, China: Friendly Match with Macau University (20/6-21/6/2010)
The intervarsity tournament JUDC held at CityU.
NEAO 2012 (Seoul, Korea) - Debating with outstanding universities in Asia
The EDT ‘family photo’ in team hoodies