Komunikacijske vještine

Debata World Schools

Goal of the practical class

The goal of the practical class is to perform World Schools debate.


The practical class deals with the topic announced in the previous classes. Prior to the class attendance, the students should study the given topic and individually research the theoretical background of the practical class. They should bring a preparation report on approximately one A4 page.

Delivery method

According to Croatian Debate Society, World Schools debate

denotes a format which combines the elements of parliamentary debate with the elements of Karl Popper debating format. The side that advocates the resolution is called proposition, while the side that refutes the resolution is named the opposition. In the debate each side delivers four speeches, there are no cross-examinations instead of which each side must permit in every of its speeches at least 6 questions from the other side. There is no thinking time between the speeches, the first three speeches of every team last 8 minutes each, and one member of each team delivers a 4-minute closing speech. The debate lasts about 60 minutes in total. In the WS-format each team has 3 to 5 members (3 speakers and 2 possible substitutes) who can exchange their places between the tournament rounds. When it comes to the contents, major emphasis is put on the examples whose purpose is to prove what is being said, and there is also discussion on the values and on the plan suggested by each team, depending on the topic and strategy chosen by the proposition team. (Croatian Debate Society, 2012)

Speaking order in the World Schools debate:

First speaker of proposition 8 minutes
First speaker of opposition 8 minutes
Second speaker of proposition 8 minutes
Second speaker of opposition 8 minutes
Third speaker of proposition 8 minutes
Third speaker of opposition 8 minutes
Fourth speaker of proposition 4 minute
Fourth speaker of opposition 4 minute


Hrvatsko debatno društvo (2012): Formati debatiranja. Zagreb, Hrvatsko debatno društvo. (Croatian Debate Society: Debating Formats, Zagreb, 2012, in Croatian language) The source available here.


Theoretical background