Goal of the practical class
The goal of the practical class is to hold Karl Popper policy debate, adjusted to the number of students in the group.
The practical class deals with the topic announced in the previous classes. Prior to the class attendance, the students should study the assigned topic and the theoretical background of the class.
Standard Karl Popper debate with plan includes the total of six speakers. As the number of students in the group is rarely a multiple of the number six, the debate might expand to eight or ten speakers when necessary. If the number of the speakers exceeds ten, the students are divided in two groups discussing at the same time.
This instruction reflects a real situation in our classroom and it shows expanded version of Karl Popper debate with plan with eight speakers. The delivery method presented here is a result of adjustment of the standard Karl Popper debate with plan in accordance with materials owned by Croatian Debate Society which are available here (in Croatian).
The students are divided into two teams. The first team supports a resolution and they are called affirmative (A), while the other team counters the resolution, rebutting the affirmative team and they are called negative (N).
Debate procedure contains the exactly defined order of speeches and cross examinations. Speeches of the first debaters of every team take six minutes each, while speeches of other debaters take five minutes each. Cross-examinations last three minutes each. Before the debate starts, the students have ten minutes to prepare and to cast the roles.
Popper Debate with plan is unfolding according to the following order:
|A1 speaks||6 min|
|N3 cross-examines A1||3 min|
|N1 speaks||6 min|
|A3 cross-examines N1||3 min|
|A2 speaks||5 min|
|N1 cross-examines A2||3 min|
|N2 speaks||5 min|
|A1 cross-examines N2||3 min|
|A3 speaks||5 min|
|N2 cross-examines A3||3 min|
|N3 speaks||5 min|
|A2 cross-examines N3||3 min|
|A4 speaks||5 min|
|N4 speaks||5 min|
Hrvatsko debatno društvo (Croatian Debate Society): Karl Popper s planom debata (Karl Popper debate with plan, in Croatian), Zagreb 2006, text available here.