About Debate @British

Our Debate @British club for students between 7th and 12th grade offers students the tools and opportunity to learn how to express their ideas confidently and communicate them persuasively in English, both online and offline. 

Virtual lessons are designed to cover the same skills and provide the same progress as regular classes. They include live lessons with the teacher on the Zoom platform. We are drawing on the expertise of our trainers to offer a virtual classroom experience that has already proven to be effective.

Please have a look at our Student and Parent Guide to Virtual Classrooms for more information on how to join a virtual class and what the house rules are. We are committed to ensuring that all children can study in a safe and supportive environment and our guide is designed to keep children safe while they are online.

Structure and fees

Debate is an intellectual sport where students are organised in teams and give speeches for and against different topics of interest, such as school, society, environment, or other topics chosen collaboratively by the trainer and students. 

Debate trains critical thinking, communication skills and teamwork, whilst raising participants' awareness of national and international issues.

Debate is a very popular curricular and extracurricular activity in the UK and other Western countries and a good addition to any CV and academic portfolio if you would like your child to study at a top foreign university.

The Debate @British Club is comprised of four progressive modules:

Module Abilities

Beginner 

(679 RON*)

For absolute beginners in English debates. Students develop valuable skills such as:

  • critical thinking;
  • public speaking;
  • teamwork and individual work;
  • argumentation.

Intermediate 

(679 RON*)

For Beginner module graduates. Students will further develop the debate skills acquired in the Beginner module and  focus on:

  • effective teamwork;
  • exploring diverse subjects;
  • constructive use of emotions;
  • active listening and reaction to classmates' ideas.

Advanced

(679 RON*)

For Intermediate module graduates. Students will further develop the debate skills acquired in the Intermediate module. After finishing all three theoretical modules (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), students will also get a graduation certificate. Students will focus on:

  • researching more complex topics;
  • active listening and quick thinking;
  • assimilation through practice;
  • applying the concepts in real life situations.

Expert

(679 RON*)

For Advanced module graduates. Students will further develop the debate skills acquired in past modules. Students will focus on:

  • debating more complex topics;
  • presenting longer, clearer and more persuasive speehes;
  • self assessment and feedback;
  • assimilation through practice.

*If you register before 7 June, you benefit from an Early Bird discount of 50 RON, paying a final price of 629 RON for the module. This discount cannot be cumulated with other benefits (for example, vouchers).

Term dates and timetable

The Debate @British Club takes place throughout the year. Each module consists of 10 sessions of 1.5 hours each, taking place twice a week. During the last weekend of the trimester, students participate in a competition taking place in a virtual environment, on Zoom. 

Virtual Classroom Modules Schedule

June - July 2020

Beginner

(registration started)

Schedule options for Beginner classes:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, between 15 June - 15 July, between 10.00 - 11.30.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 16 June - 16 July, between 16.00 - 18.30.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 16 June - 16 July, between 19.00 - 20.30;

June - July 2020

Advanced

(registration started)

Schedule options for Advanced classes:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, between 15 June - 15 July, between 19.00 - 20.30.

June - July 2020

Expert

(registration started)

Schedule options for Expert classes:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, between 15 June - 15 July, between 16.00 - 17.30.
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, between 15 June - 15 July, between 19.00 - 20.30.

Debate @British Club trainers

All our trainers are debate professionals from ARDOR Muntenia, the leading debate association in Romania, and have experience in training high school teams at national and international competitions.

ȘERBAN PITIC

Coach and judge for the World Schools Debating Championships (WDSC), trainer for the World Schools Debate Academy in Slovenia (WSDA), coordinator of a dozen national tournaments and coach for many other international competitions, Șerban Pitic is one of the most awarded debate trainers in Romania. Over time, he has delivered numerous trainings for teachers and students and has organized several important educational events.

ALINA BUCȘA

Alina Bucșa has the all-around experience off the debate world, as she first attended national and international tournaments as a volunteer or as a debater, with promising results, and only afterwards as an organiser, judge or judge coordinator. She has had a fundamental contribution to the inauguration of numerous debate clubs. In 2012-2013, Alina became a member of the executive team of ARDOR Muntenia and has been working for the national ARDOR association since 2016.

LAURA DRĂGOI

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. 

ADRIAN MĂLĂIEȘ-POPESCU

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. 

ANDREI OLARU

Andrei Olaru has been meddling in the debating world for 8 years now. Coach of Team Romania for the World Schools Debating Championships (WDSC), debate trainer for 5 years and chief adjudicator at several competitions, he is also editor-in-chief at the only publication dedicated to the Romanian debating community, Debate Times. Still an active debater, he reached, among others, the ESL final of Oxford IV and has won a number of other international competitions.

RADU ȚIGĂNAȘ

Radu Tigănaș started debating in high-school, and as a student, he reached the 2011 Great Debaters finals, the 2011 Cambridge IV ESL finals, won the 2012 edition of the Champions' Tournament in 2012, reached the 2012 World Universities Debating Championship Berlin EFL finals and the 2013 ESL SOAS University of London IV finals. He has been teaching debate for 10 years and is very involved in the Romanian debate community.

How to register

Registration for the summer module is open until 11 June. If you register before 7 June, you receive a 50 RON discount (cannot be cumulated with other benefits, such as vouchers).

If it's the first time you're registering your child for the Debate @British club, you will need to book them an interview. Please follow the registration steps listed here.

If your child has attended one or more of our Debate @British club modules, you have received registration details by e-mail. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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