Have you ever had a great idea but not been able to get it across? Join our Debate @British Club and learn how to build and deliver a convincing speech for any professional, academic, or personal situation.
By joining Debate @British you will learn public speaking, analysis, active listening and argumentation techniques which you will practice through competitive debates on a wide array of topics and complexity levels. Moreover, you will exercise the use of debating skills in professional and personal situations.
The focus is on both the form and the content, so you will have the opportunity to develop your argumentation, public speaking and persuasion skills.
Our club is open to any adult willing to develop their public speaking and debating skills. There’s no requirement for any previous experience, but you should be curious and open for new challenges and you must have a good conversational level of English.
Our Debate @British club is currently available only in Bucharest.
What will you learn at Debate @British?
Improve your personal and professional life by learning how to:
- Better express your ideas, be more convincing and find strong arguments;
- Construct an original speech and deliver it with the right attitude (through verbal and non-verbal language);
- Develop your critical thinking and knowledge in different areas;
- Debate rationally from different perspectives and by taking opposing stands, with equal ease;.
And as a club member you also benefit from a free @British library subscription to complement your learning.
After you complete our public speaking and debate courses, you will receive a certificate endorsed by the British Council and ARDOR, the main debate organisation in Romania.
Learn from the best trainers
Nae Șovăială and Laura Drăgoi, 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.
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.