Trainings

Participants were divided into three groups for the first two slots according to the levels they registered for: Beginner BP, Intermediate and Advanced BP and Coaches. The first two training slots were fixed for each group, during the third and fourth training slots they chose what workshop to take. The electives were divided into content sessions, that gave more insight into the topics discussed at the tournament, debate sessions, strengthening debate skills, and other skills sessions, for skills linked to debating or running debate programs. 

 

Slot 1:

Beginners: Introduction to BP- Michael Shapira and Calin Muresanu

How does the format work? What are the basic roles that the teams have to fulfil? What do the judges look for? What are the main strategic choices?

 

Intermediate: Case Development –Steven Rajavinothan and Borna Sor

How do you develop a proposition or an opposition case? How do you go beyond arguments and do you create a case that is one your case one whole? What, if any, strategic choices are involved with developing a case?

Coaches: Coaching – Lazar Pop Ivanov

How do you engage your students and motivate them to participate? How do you give feedback and stimulate students to seek out their own ways to improve? How do you prepare your students for a tournament? What exercises can be useful? How do you deal with different levels in one group?

 

Slot 2:

Beginners: Argumentation – Borna Sor and George Trigatzis

What is the basic structure of an argument? How do I go from the first idea or oneliner to a killer argument? How do I find good examples and more than one proof for an argument?


Intermediate: Analysis – Imogen Parkes and Michael Shapira

How do I develop arguments from basic statements to stronger points? When is an argument “finished”? What do I do with examples?

Intermediate: Argumentation - Jonathan Kay and James Laurenson

What is the basic structure of an argument? How do I go from the first idea or oneliner to a killer argument? How do I find good examples and more than one proof for an argument?

 

 

Coaches: Curriculum Development - Siim Ruul and Lazar Pop Ivanov

How do I develop a training program for different levels over the course of a semester or year? What should definitely be in it, what is extra? How can I keep things challenging and interesting?

 

Slot 3:

Content: Youth Policy – improving Balkans reality, following European standards  - Marjan Zabrcanec

How can we define youth policy and youth participation? What is the current situation with the youth organizing and the youth policy in Macedonia and the Balkans? How can we improve youth policies, how can National Youth Councils improve youth policies? What can we learn from European youth networks?

Content: Youth Rights in EU and options for activism - Mathijs  Euwema and Yvonne Heselmans

How can young people influence EU policies? What type of rights documents, which actors and what strategies should they focus on? What can we learn from past campaigns?

Debate Skills: First Half strategies – Borna Sor and Jonathan Kay

What are the tasks of the first half speakers? What does that mean for their cases? What strategic choices do they have? How can you prevent second half teams beating you with your own points?

Debate Skills: Second Half strategies –Imogen Parkes and George Trigatzis

What can second half speakers do? How do you prepare for debates where the first half will do their job well (or where you expect them to mess up)? How do you conclude and make your partner look good?

Other Skills: Judging (mandatory for all the judges at the competition) – Steven Nolan

How do you judge BP? How do you weigh the different components of debating (content, style, structure, strategy) with the difficulties of role fulfilment? And what do you do with different language capacities and different levels of quality within teams?

 

Slot 4:

Content: Minority rights protection in the EU – Valeriu Nicolae

What is the position of Roma in different European countries? How does the EU contribute or not contribute to the protection of their rights?

Content: EU Organisation and Democracy- Peter Matjasic

What is the basic structure of the EU? How are policies made within the EU and at what point do citizens have influence on it? What are the basic arguments about democratic structures within the EU?

 

Debate Skills: Points of Information – Andrew Ford and Jonathan Kay

How do I make effective use of the tool that Points of Information can be? How do I respond to Points of Information? Lots of exercises.

 

Other Skills: Online media/social media – Stefan Aleksik

How can I use social media for my campaigns? How can I promote an event through social media? What are the dos and don’ts? What are realistic effects I should expect from using social media? How does it relate to offline work?

 

Other Skills: Public Speaking -  Steven Nolan

How do you start a speech, how do you keep your public captivated and how do you end a speech so that people will remember your message? How does this differ from competitive debating?