New Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide now available

Debate in the Neighbourhood is IDEA’s family of community-based debate education projects. Debate in the Neighbourhood events and programs have been run in six countries across two continents, and aim to introducing debating, public speaking and critical thinking skills to groups of young people who would not otherwise come into contact with structured educational, political or competitive debate.

Debate in the Neighbourhood’s website (din.idebate.org) has now been updated with a range of new training materials, designed around the needs of youth groups, informal education programmes and the teachers and youth workers who run them.

These new materials, called the Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide, provide a straightforward, flexible and fun introduction to core aspects of public speaking and critical thinking, including

  • Planning speeches
  • Argumentation
  • Rebuttal
  • Describing, comparing and evaluating new information
  • Identifying and explaining problems and conflicts
  • Making arguments accessible to diverse audiences

The basic Skills Guide contains a range of worksheets and resources written in a clear and compelling style. In addition, each of the Skills Guide’s learning activities is accompanied by detailed training notes, which can be quickly adapted in to memory aids and revision materials for use by young people.

Click this link to download a PDF version of the Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide.

Click this link to download a .doc version of the Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide.

Click this link to view the introduction to the new Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide in your web browser.

Find out more

For more information about Debate in the Neighbourhood, visit http://din.idebate.org/content/welcome-neighbourhood.

Queries and questions about the Debate in the Neighbourhood Skills Guide or the Debate in the Neighbourhood website should be sent to Alex Cavell via acavell@idebate.org.uk.

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