Debating skills

Debating is taught in JHS 3rd year and beyond.

Common phrases

  • I (don't) agree
  • I (don't) agree with [ ].
  • I (don't) agree with [ ]'s opinion.
  • I disagree.
  • That's true.
  • That's a good idea.
  • That may be true.
  • I see your point.
  • That's right
  • You're right.
  • What do you think?
  • I have a question.
  • I have an opinion.
  • Do you understand (me)?
  • What does [ ] mean?
  • However,
  • So,
  • For example,
  • I have a different idea.
  • That may be true, but ...
  • You say ..., but ...
  • I (don't) understand what you mean.

Common topics

  • Should junior high school students have cell phones?
  • Should people freely sit in priority seats when they are unoccupied?
  • Should we study English?
  • Video games are bad for children.
  • We should eat natto.
  • Is homework necessary?
  • Summer is better than winter
  • Emails vs letters
  • We should play video games
  • We should live in big cities

Rebuttals

The following is an example of how to make effective rebuttals:

  1. You said, "_____".
  2. That may be true, but ....
    But I disagree, I think ....
  3. Because ....
  4. Therefore... / So ...

References

Activities

See also