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After the tournament, I was able to interview fellow debate team members about their motivations and what they hoped to accomplish by joining the debate team. Many students said that joining the forensics team has given them the opportunity to practice and learn certain essential skills. Such as argumentation, critical thinking, public speaking, and more. “I chose to join debate because I love argumentation and persuading others, and I wanted to cultivate those skills. Not only that, I wanted to strengthen my speaking skills and find more confidence in public speaking. One thing I realized I cherish about debate is that I can learn about topics I may never learn about in my lifetime,” Jina Kwon, a junior in my debate team said.
“Debate helped me improve my essay writing because you have to organize points, think of ways to make your claims more persuasive and possible refutations for points that the opposition might make,” Henry Kim, a junior and the debate captain for this tournament said. He also said that he likes debate because “it gives me a chance to prove myself and justify why I’m right while considering other perspectives. In addition to the ‘art of argumentation,’ I found myself particularly attached to parliamentary debate (Parliamentary (Parli) Debate: A category of formal impromptu partner debate) because we get to synthesize knowledge. I found excitement when I was able to draw evidence and arguments from my own knowledge.”
When asked about the benefits of debate, Ms. McRoberts, the APIS forensics debate coach said, “Overall, there are certain skills used in debate such as public speaking, confidence, being able to be quick on your feet, critical thinking, organization and analysis. ”
There are also certain skills unique to speeches that are essential for giving a successful performance. Mr. Sgrignoli, APIS forensics speech coach, said, “You can learn certain skills such as communication skills, confidence, self-assuredness among other things, as well as listening skills, reading and enunciation. In speech, being able to read something, interpret it in a unique fashion and then present it confidently and assuredly is really important. Communication never goes out of style because this is a skill that is a prerequisite for almost any facet of life.”
Participating in the championships tournament was exciting yet challenging at times, especially since I was new to debate this year. At the beginning of the year, I had joined the debate team with a fear of public speaking and with the belief that my public speaking abilities wouldn’t improve. After competing in the two final forensics tournaments, I could see that debating had an effect on my speaking skills. Debate allowed me to be well-rounded and able to learn and talk about a variety of current events, history and politics, analyze and organize evidence, and more. Not only was I able to find confidence in my speaking, I learned how to write stronger arguments and counterarguments, analyze evidence, and look at issues and topics through multiple perspectives. Debate was challenging at times, but in the end, my goal was achieved, which made it worth facing my fears.
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Asia Pacific International School
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