Young ones debate

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am


Debating in English will no longer be the preserve of secondary and university students. Some local primary schools are getting their students to start debating in English.

The first primary debating tournament was organised on June 30 by the Native English Speaking Teachers' Association at Kwun Tong Government Primary School.

Eight schools took part. St Joseph's Primary School won.

'This competition was my last debate in primary school. It felt great to represent my school just before saying goodbye,' said Arthur Tang, of St Joseph's Primary School.

For many primary school students, debating in English was a whole new experience.

'We were happy because we learned to speak English more fluently. We also learned debating skills and many new words,' said Cherrie Fong, a student from Kwun Tong Government Primary School.