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Year 12 Students Debate Tough Issues In Their Second Language

Students studying English as their second language in the International Baccalaureate took part in the inaugural Year 12 Great Debate in the last week of last term.
  • BISS Puxi IB Students put forward their arguements in the Year 12 Great Debate
  • BISS Puxi IB Students put forward their arguements in the Year 12 Great Debate

Our students presenting their arguments.

The motion was: "This house believes that individuals with unhealthy lifestyles should receive restricted access to free medical care.”

All Year 12 English B students took part in the debate, some taking on the role of speakers and others conducting research beforehand and helping the speakers with rebuttals during the debate.

As part of the IB course, students have to be able to write in various different styles, one of which is debate style and their speaking ability is a very important part of the course, with 30% of the final mark based on this. Therefore, the Great Debate is an effective way to combine the two skills of writing and speaking in an engaging and fun setting.

The students who spoke for the motion were Brent Tseng, Jeffery Forman and Katja Zhu and those who spoke against the motion were Rachel Shin, Seungmin Huang and Alex Lu. Ms Temple was in the chair as arbiter and time keeper whilst Mr Game and Ms Young were the judges.

The speakers and their respective teams, who helped between the speeches with ammunition for rebuttals, worked well together and provided a wonderful and engaging debate which included at times  some quite sharp points and ripostes. 

The team arguing against the motion were deemed by the judges to have won the debate, well done to all the students involved.

These debates will be taking place twice a year for our Year 12 students moving forward and they are already looking forward to their next one this term. We look forward to hearing some more well thought out and considered debate from our Year 12s.