[eDebate] Qatar Debate Academy

Alfred C Snider alfred.snider
Wed Sep 2 09:43:25 CDT 2009

QatarDebate, a member of the Qatar Foundation, will be hosting the Qatar 
Debate Academy in Doha, Qatar from October 29-November 6 2009. The 
program is organized in cooperation with Za in Proti Slovenia and the 
World Debate Institute of the University of Vermont. The program will 
focus on the development of debate in new countries, creating a 
meaningful international exchange and paving the way towards the World 
Schools Debating Championship in Qatar in February 2010.

"Southwest Asia is a prime candidate for the expansion of debating," 
said Alfred Snider of the World Debate Institute, "and Qatar is the 
ideal site and host for such an event. Their determination to promote 
debating and open civil discourse in this region is impressive and 
groundbreaking. I am inspired by Dr. Hayat Maarafi's vision of expanded 
debating in this part of the world. I hope that we can really spark some 
important debate development in these countries as well as expose them 
to more established debating trainers, nations and teams. We are 
expecting over 240 people at this event."


The goals of the Qatar Debate Academy include:

* Preparing students and trainers from new debating countries for future 
participation in WSDC Qatar 2010 and in their home countries.
* Preparing Qatar students and teachers for involvement in debating in 
Qatar and internationally.
* Preparing judges for future debate competitions, especially WSDC Qatar 
* Preparing teachers to be able to form debate clubs, train students and 
host tournaments.
* Demonstrating Qatar?s ability to host a major debate event.
* Prepare Qatar schools for the experience of hosting debates as part of 
WSDC Qatar 2010.


Arrival 29-30 October 2009

Instruction and competition 31 October-5 November 2009

Departure 6 November 2009


Planning and Implementation

Dr. Hayat Maarafi, convener

Dr. Alfred Snider, program planning & tournament administration

Bojana Skrt, curriculum planning

Kelley Bieringer, implementation planning

Adjudication Core

This group will work with teachers and others on judging skills and 
prepare them for judging at WSDC Qatar and at the tournament at the end 
of this program. They will meet with judges after judging experiences to 
properly process their learning. They will also come up with 
approximately 20 prepared and impromptu motions for use in the 
tournament, practice debates and exercises.

Chris Erskine, Australia

Simon Quinn, Oxford University, UK


Alex Campbell, USA

Piyanart Faktangporn, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Loke Wing Fatt, SAID, Singapore

Sam Greenland, University of Sydney, Australia

Rhydian Morgan, Stylus Communications, UK

Sam Nelson, Cornell University, USA

Debbie Newman, UK

Erin O?Brien, University of Queensland, Australia

Omar Salahuddin bin Abdullah, MultiMedia University, Malaysia

Bilal Siddiqi, Pakistan

Bojana Skrt, ZIP, Slovenia

Alfred Snider, University of Vermont, USA

Miranda Weigler, St. Andrews University, Scotland


There will be several tracks at the event:

* For students from debating countries new and old
* For teachers and trainers from new debating countries
* For judges preparing for WSDC 2010
* For Qatari students and teachers

The curriculum will use the training model previously used at the 
International Debate Academy, the World Schools Debate Academy and the 
World Debate Institute. Features of this model include:

* Intense preparation and work environment
* Limited lectures on essential topics
* Active exercises and drills to teach debate skills in small group settings
* Repetition of activities to promote skill development
* Practice debates with lengthy and specific critiques

Watch for more information as we get closer to the event.


Kelley Bieringer kbieringer at qf.org.qa

Alfred Snider alfred.snider at uvm.edu

Bojana Skrt bojana.skrt at siol.net

Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
Edwin Lawrence Professor of Forensics
University of Vermont
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