Warming up

  1. What does human dignity mean to you? Discuss.
  2. Complete worksheet 5.
  3. Complete worksheet 6.
  4. Complete worksheet 7.
  5. You have read about other people’s arguments for and against more refugees in Europe. What are your own for and against arguments?

Activities for general understanding

  1. Familiarize yourself with debating terms and with manner, matter and method.
  2. Read the debate guidelines and watch instructional videos. Take your time as there is quite a lot of new information for you to take in.
  3. Now review worksheets 5, 6 and 7 you completed earlier, and read the motion of the debate.
  4. Come up with 3 arguments for and 3 arguments against the motion. Draw 2 outlines.

Writing activities

  1. Learn about writing a debate speech.
    • Focus on the structure and useful vocabulary.
    • Analyse a model speech written for you.
  2. Now write a first draft of your government opening speech based on the outline you wrote earlier.
    • Follow the step-by-step method provided.
  3. Then write a first draft of your opposition opening speech based on the outline you wrote earlier.
    • Follow the step-by-step method provided.
  4. Seek feedback from your teacher.
  5. Write clean copies of both speeches.
    • Proofread and edit if needed.

Speaking activities

  1. Start with your government speech. 
    • Read out loud the first paragraph of the speech.
    • Repeat as many times as it takes to feel comfortable.
    • Make sure you know how to pronounce every word.
    • Also, practice delivering your text in logical chunks.
    • Mind your tone, volume and gesture.
    • Do exactly the same with the rest of the paragraphs.
    • When your are ready, try reading the speech from the beginning to the end in one go.
      • If needed, go back and practice delivering your text one paragraph at a time.
    • Come back to your speech the next day, and the day after. Then try again in a week.
      • You should feel comfortable enough to start learning the speech by heart.
  2. Then focus on your opposition speech.
    • Take exactly the same steps as you took with the government speech.

Ready to go

Your teacher will give you further instructions. Together with your team members, you will be preparing for the real debate.  As you have prepared for this debate, you will be able to fully enjoy the upcoming activity.