Debate @British - sketch of two people debating

Have you ever had a great idea that you weren't able to get across? Learn how to become a great speaker with the Debate @British courses organised by British Council and ARDOR Muntenia. 

At our courses you will learn public speaking, analysis and argumentation techniques which you will practice through competitive debates on a wide array of topics and complexity levels. 

The focus is on both form and content, providing you with the opportunity to develop your argumentation, public speaking and persuasion skills while also improving your English fluency.

What will you learn at Debate @British?

Improve your personal and professional life by learning how to: 

  • Express your ideas, become more persuasive and build strong arguments;
  • Come up with an original speech and deliver it with the right attitude (both verbally and non-verbally);
  • Develop your critical thinking and deepen your knowledge of various topics;
  • Debate rationally from different perspectives and by taking opposing stands, with equal ease.

By registering for our courses, you also benefit from a free @British library subscription, with access to over 10.000 resources in English to complement your learning.

Structure, schedule and fees

Our Debate @British courses are comprised of three progressive modules, Essentials, Eloquence and Eminence, designed to offer you the tools and practice needed to master English debate and argumentation and help you become a more fluent and persuasive speaker. 

Our courses cover argument types and structure, public speaking and persuasive communication techniques, as well as concepts relating to formal debating and rhetoric, and give you the opportunity to practice these skills through structured debates and argumentation exercises. You can find more information regarding this winter's modules below:

Debate Essentials

Join our Debate Essentials module to: 

  • generate and structure arguments in persuasive ways
  • learn and practice a competitive debate format where you’ll have to think big and think fast
  • up your charisma by working on your paraverbal and your body language

At the end of the module you will receive a graduation certificate endorsed by the British Council and ARDOR Muntenia. 

Schedule and fees

The course module is comprised of 20 hours, split into 10 two-hour sessions.  The next Debate Essentials module will start in May 2019 according to the below timetable:

Monday or Wednesday, 08.00 - 10.00

Monday or Wednesday, 19.00 - 21.00

6, 13, 20, 27 May | 3, 10, 24, 26 June | 1, 3 July

The classes will take place once a week, on Monday until 10 June and twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday after 24 June and until the end of the module. 

The registration fee for the Debate Essentials module is 850 RON

Debate Eloquence

This module is designed for Debate Essentials graduates or participants with previous experience in academic debate. 

By joining the Debate Eloquence module, you will learn to:

  • deconstruct and reconstruct discourse to truly understand its meaning
  • adapt to your audience in order to captivate and maintain people’s focus on you while you speak
  • learn how to use quick research techniques and make the most out of information you already have

At the end of the module you will receive a graduation certificate endorsed by the British Council and ARDOR Muntenia.

Schedule and fees

The course module is comprised of 20 hours, split into 10 two-hour sessions.The next Debate Eloquence module will start in April 2019. The sessions will take place once a week. There are two timetable options:

Tuesday, 19.00 - 21.00

16, 23 April | 7, 14, 21, 28 May | 4, 11, 18, 25 June

Wednesday, 08.00 - 10.00

17, 24 April | 8, 15, 22, 29 May | 5, 12, 19, 26 June 

The registration fee for the Debate Eloquence module is 850 RON. 

Our trainers

Learn from the best

The Debate @British club trainers are members of the largest debate association in Romania, ARDOR Muntenia. They are professional debaters with extensive experience in both organising and delivering debate, argumentation or public speaking trainings and workshops for companies or private individuals, as well as in training student teams for national and international academic debate competitions.


Nae Șovăială joined the debate in 2004 and has been working with the British Council since 2012. As a debater, he won the European Debate Championship, and as a coach, he has prepared the national teams for the World Debating Championships in Scotland in 2011. For the last two years, he has coordinated the training and development of more than 300 teachers across Romania, preparing them to become debate trainers and coaches.


Adrian Mălăieș-Popescu has over 7 years of experience as a debate trainer. As the executive director of ARDOR Muntenia, he has also been coordinating the association's executive team since 2012. He is also senior trainer in the LDC debate club, working weekly with over 30 students, while also training and judging for numerous debate competitions. His public speaking experience recommends him as one of the most versatile debate trainers. 


Laura Drăgoi has been involved in numerous debate and public speaking projects and challenges for the past 5 years. She has been a competitive debater herself reaching, among others, the ESL finals of Oxford IV. She has coordinated national and international debate events and trained students and teachers in Slovenia, Bulgaria and at home. She was a member of Team Romania for the World Schools Debating Championship, and part of the coaching team preparing the last three generations of debaters for WSDC. 

How to register

You need to be fluent in English to make the most of our Debate @British courses (upper-intermediate level or above required).
For this reason, if you haven't attended our debate club before, you first need to book a short registration interview in English.

If you have attended our Debate @British modules, you received details about our new in-depth modules via e-mail. Please contact us for further information. 

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