British Parliamentary Style Debate Team Alpha

Introduction to British Parliamentary Style Debate

This is an intermediary course of British Parliamentary Style Debate. In this course, we will be exploring the structure of parliamentary style debate, classical subjects and issues, and speech style and techniques. Students shall set aside time for assigned reading and additional research into their weekly schedules to ensure the quality of discussions and active participation.

All in-session debates will be filmed and distributed to students along with a thorough evaluation of their performances at the end of every month.

No Prior Experience or Textbooks are Required, however, excellent command of English is preferred. All Study Materials will be provided each week via our homepage.

Each lesson will be 2 hours and thirty minutes minimum.

Textbook :

  • A Rulebook for Arguments, Anthony Weston
  • Attacking Faulty Reasoning A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments, T. Edward Damer
  • Competitive Debate The Official Guide, Richard E. Edwards
  • Satan’s Advice to Young Lawyers, Aleister Lovecraft
  • The Tools of Argument, Joel P. Trachtman
  • Powerscore LSAT Logical Reasoning

Tutors :


“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” – King, Jr.

Joining in 2010, Seungmin is a Founding Member of and Senior Partner at Yonsei ULS. Please be advised: the comment, writing, or column does not represent  the official position of YULS.

CV of Seungmin P. Jung

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  • 2015年 Gwangju City National Debate Tournament Champions
  • 2014年 YTN HUFS Junior Youth English Debating Championship Octo-Finalists





Lesson #00


3 Min Speech on “Death Penalty”

Lecture #01 :

Various Debate Formats + Structuring a Speech

Assignment : Reading Packet #01 Abortion

In order for the assigned coach to properly assess the performance and skill levels of willing participants, all students will be asked to give a 3 minute speech at the podium on the issue of “death penalty.”

Assignment will be to analyze thoroughly the contents within the reading packet distributed to each student, bring a thoroughly reviewed hard copy for the next session, and be prepared for discussions.

Lesson #01


Reading Packet #01 Review

Debate on Motion #01 :

THBT a woman’s right to abortion should be absolute

Lecture #02 :

Fundamentals of Critical Thinking

The reading assignment packet will be reviewed during the session as a group by freely addressing various issues arising naturally.

A British Parliamentary Style format debate will be adopted:

(3 speakers on 3 speakers, each with 5 minutes of speaking time)

Lesson #02

Impromptu Debate


Lecture #03 :

Prime Minister Speech

Assignment : Reading Packet #02 History Textbooks

Unlike a prepared debate, the impromptu debate motion will be revealed at the beginning of each session and the debate will take place after 30 minutes of preparation time.

Lesson #03

Reading Packet #02 Review

Debate on Motion #02 :

THBT national history textbooks taught in public schools should be published by the government

Lecture #04 :

Constructive Arguments (Deputy Prime Minister’s Speech)

Lesson #04

Impromptu Debate

Medical Pension System

Debate Review

Lecture #05 :

Point of Information (POI)

Assignment : Reading Packet #03 Olympics and Doping

Lesson #05

Reading Packet #03 Review

Debate on Motion #03

THBT Park Taehwan should not be allowed to participate in the Olympics

Debate Review

Lesson #06

Impromptu Debate

Drugs and Exams

Debate Review

Lecture #06 :

Logical Fallacies (Whip Speech)

Assignment : Reading Packet #04 A Divided Korea

Lesson #07

Reading Packet #04 Review

Debate on Motion #04

THBT the appeasement policy towards North Korea is the best way to resolve conflicts in the peninsula

Debate Review

Lesson #08

Video Analysis of Performance

Assignment : Reading Packet #05 Children and the Criminal Justice System

All performances uptil this point will have been filmed and meticulously analyzed by the team coach and advisory board of YULS. This session will provide the students to witness firsthand and assess for themselves the validity of all past instructions and recommendations they have received.

Lesson #09

Debate on Motion #05

THBT adolescents over the age of 14 should be trialed in court as adults

Debate Review

Lecture #07 :

Style Development


Lesson #10

Impromptu Debate

Honour System

Debate Review

Lecture #08 :

Individual Tips + Team Strategy

Lesson #11

Impromptu Debate

Violence in Dating

Debate Review

Assignment : Reading Packet #06 Classic Economics

Lesson #12

Reading Packet Review #06

Building a Case for Motion #06

This session will be utilized to help students formulate the most concrete and compelling case for both sides in preparation for the demonstration debate set for the last session.

Lesson #13

Open Debate Session

(Intra-mural Friendly Tournament)

Coach – Parent QNA Session

An open debate session for parents and fellow students will be held as a demonstration of the newly acquired skills and improvements in performance of participant students.

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