1 Make sure that everyone in class is familiar with the topic of the debate.
2 Divide yourselves into two groups: A and B.
3 Group A is going to support the idea. Take the time to discuss the idea from different perspectives. Then collect and organise the arguments that support the idea. Think of reasons to defend the position of your group and give examples.
4 Group В is going to disagree with the main idea of the debate. Discuss and record the supporting ideas that justify your group's assigned position.
5 In your groups choose a representative and "feed" them with the ideas the group has discussed.
6 The representatives from each group take turns, each presenting speeches of a predetermined time (e.g. two-three minutes). The order is:
• first affirmative — arguments for the proposal
• first negative — arguments against the proposal
• second affirmative — arguments for the proposal
• second negative — arguments against the proposal
7 Each of the representatives is allowed a few minutes to disprove the other team's arguments.
8 The class may then direct specific questions to the representatives.
9 Take a vote after you have finished debating and decide which side had the stronger argument.