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Parliamentary Debate

Parliamentary Debate: Two-person teams representing the Government and the Opposition. Based upon the British House of Commons. British Parliament permits no prewritten speeches, briefs, or evidence read during debates. Debaters speak extemporaneously, using only the notes they have made during the 15 minute preparation period. Students competing in Parli work to expand their knowledge of social issues and deepen their understanding of philosophy. Parliamentary Debate is witty, oratorical and engaging.

Parli Overview:

  • Stresses extemporaneous speaking and analytical skills
  • Most common form of collegiate debate
  • Recently introduced into high school debate programs
  • Provides college prep
  • Based on the British House of Commons - no written speeches
  • Students study current events, social issues and philosophy to prepare
  • Parli debates tend to be more witty, oratorical and engaging