Our Debate @British club is your ticket to a brighter future. If you are looking to continue your studies abroad or apply for a competitive job, we can help.
Academic debate training is a highly regarded extracurricular activity and a valuable portfolio asset. You will have the chance to improve your English conversation ability and gain valuable skills. The top 500 universities abroad have debate courses and use debate as a interactive teaching method, so if you haven't had the chance to join in a debate yet, our Debate @British club is your opportunity!
Debate is a form of argument based discussion, where parties have different opinions and conclusions are drawn based on the facts presented by the debaters.
Our club is open to any student eager to improve their debating skills. You don't need to have any sort of experience in this area, just a curiosity and willingness to learn, and a good level of conversation skills in English (recommended level is upper-intermediate or above).
The club is currently only available in Bucharest.
What will you learn at Debate @British?
IMPROVE YOUR ACADEMIC PORTFOLIO AND ABILITY BY LEARNING HOW TO:
- Prepare for well-researched debates
- Better express your ideas and improve your public speaking skills
- Debate rationally from either position with equal ease, and help your handling of personal and academic situations where you have to argue ideas which are not in line with your personal beliefs
- Put together an original speech and deliver it with the appropriate attitude and persuasion (verbal and non-verbal language)
- Improve your critical thinking
- Receive a free membership to the British Council library. Find out more about the benefits of our library services.
Members will be given a certificate endorsed by the British Council and ARDOR, the main debate organisation in Romania, when completing the club programme.
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 movement 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.