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  1. Learning the art of persuasion

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Timothy Chui Whining may have worked when you were a child, but not any more. If teenagers want to get what they want, they need to learn the art of persuasion, and debating can help them develop this skill. According to Nesta-SCMP Inter-School Debating Competition co-ordinator Stan Dyer, the trick to getting your allowance raised or negotiating your 'curfew' is to make ...

  2. Debate on class size a close tussle

    Posted Mar 26th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Small-class teaching has stirred controversy in Hong Kong's education sector. Recently, HKSYCIA Wong Tai Shan Memorial College beat Pentecostal School in a debate on whether the class size of secondary schools should be limited to 30 students. The event was part of the Nesta/SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition, which is organised by the Native English ...

  3. Heritage debate brings out the best

    Posted Dec 11th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Stewards Pooi Kei College knocked out defending champions TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College after a tough battle in the sixth round of the Nesta-SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition. The debate was held at Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School on December 1. The motion was: Hong Kong is taking care of its tangible cultural heritage. Both schools used government ...

  4. Training hones skills

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Timothy Chui The number of entries to the Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition has tripled in the last three years. The contest is jointly organised by the Native English Speaking Teachers' Association and the South China Morning Post. More than 50 school teams have registered for this year's eight rounds of debates. Competition co-ordinator Stan Dyer said: 'The ...

  5. Turning the tables on your opponents

    Posted Oct 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... examples to support [their arguments],' he said. MacLean cited a recent inter-school debate on the topic of fung shui in which students referred to the court battle over late tycoon Nina Wang ... Ilona Pochwyt said after debaters have a firm grasp of the motion and its different facets, they need to check if their ideas are still relevant and follow up with some research. 'Wikipedia ...

  6. Debaters lock horns on adoption

    Posted Apr 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei On April 1 CCC Ming Kei College and Ho Lap College battled in the second round of the Nesta-South China Morning Post Inter-school Debating Competition on whether adoption of Chinese children is best done domestically or abroad. The CCC Ming Kei College team, which had two victories in the preliminary rounds, won the debate with the position that adoption domestically ...

  7. Talking heads

    Posted Sep 08th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Tomorrow, nine students from South Island School (SIS) will participate in the First Asian Schools Debate Championship in Manila. The championship is the first notable gathering of Asia's high school debaters and public speakers. Teams from countries across the region, including Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh and South Korea, are taking ...

  8. Winning the hearts of others

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Timothy Chui Whether you're negotiating with your parents about your next night out or trying to knock off 40 per cent on a Temple Street purchase, arguments and debates abound in free, democratic societies like Hong Kong. According to three adjudicators who have supervised more than 800 debates between them, the key to winning a debate is a good grasp of the facts, ...

  9. Methodist remains unbeaten

    Posted May 25th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Methodist College beat Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School in the third round of the Nesta-SCMP Inter-School Debating Competition last Wednesday. The motion was: Hong Kong secondary schools should be allowed to choose their medium of instruction. Shek Li supported the motion. Methodist College, which argued against the motion, won the debate to stay undefeated through ...

  10. Topics to go

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Written by John Millen Topics and more The most important thing about a debate is the motion. You should choose a topic that will interest everyone taking part. Some people attend a debate to listen and some to speak. Listening is as important as speaking in a successful debate. If your motion is boring, no one will want to take part. Once the topic has been chosen, the four speakers ...




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