Debate Writing

When two speakers or two groups of speakers argue over an issue, expressing opposing views, so as to convince the jury and audience of their own point of view, this formal discussion is known as a debate. The speakers speak either for the motion or against it.

Debate Format

  • Formal Address: A debater must always start by formally addressing the chief guest, jury members and the audience. This should be the opening line of the debate.
  • The Motion: Next, the speaker must introduce himself/herself and make his/her stand clear i.e., whether one is for the motion or against it. This should form the first paragraph while writing the debate.
  • The Argument: Forcefully and clearly, the speaker must express his/her views either for or against the motion. Highlight the main points of the argument and at the same time use ideal examples to support them. The points should be strong and logical so as to nullify some of the points made by the opponent. These main points of the argument must be highlighted in the middle portion.
  • The conclusion: The speaker must express his/her own views about the issue in the concluding lines of the debate. It is usually an impactful statement, which emphasises one’s stand on the issue. Include a rhetorical question for listeners to ponder upon. (e) End with ‘Thank You!’

Debate Topics