The best of debate training in the World Schools Debate Championship format. 

2015 dates will be 27 June-4 July 2015 in the lovely Julian Alps of Slovenia.

2014 WSDA was great, 106 people from over a dozen countries and 5 continents. See report, full list of elective classes and results for 2014 at

Intense instruction in the WSDC format followed by a full tournament. Join an all-star faculty and aspiring students from around the world in a debate experience never to be forgotten, all in the beautiful Julian Alps of Slovenia.

Teachers can apply for the teacher track with daily instruction in teaching and training school debaters.

All events held in a luxury tourist hotel, with three excellent meals provided each day. Hotel Kompas .  Lectures, exercises, skill workshops, practice debates, elective classes and evening social activities are all a part of the program.

Faculty in 2015:

Miha Andric, Slovenia, successful schools coach, Turkey national team WSDC coach.

Matus Huba, Slovakia, CA for Slovakia, Slovak Debate Association, organizer of Bratislava Schools Debate Competition 2013 & 2014.

Helena Ivanov, Serbia, WUDC 2015 semifinalist, multiple tournament champion.

Branka Josimov, Serbia, multiple WSDA, legendary Serbian coach.

Julia Mikic, Croatia, skilled university and schools coach, star at International Debate Academy. 

Rhydian Morgan, UK, Internationally acclaimed trainer who has taught in over 30 countries on four continents, veteran of WSDA.

Harish Natarajan, Oxford & Cambridge, CA WUDC, IDEA Round Robin Champion, multiple tournament champion.

Jernej Podgornik, Slovenia, trainings in China, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Thailand, focus on philosophy & sociology.

Harold Raitt, UK, Oxford debater, England national team WSDC style coach, expert in national and global citizenship.

Bojana Skrt, ZIP Slovenia, Slovenia national team WSDC coach, multiple WSDC ESL & EFL world championships.

Alfred Snider, USA, USA national team WSDC coach, World Debate Institute, University of Vermont USA, trainings in 46 countries.

Eva Sule, Germany, German national team WSDC coach.


Registration covers 7 nights food, housing and instruction from 27 June-4 July. Any extra nights are subject to an additional fee.

People will be in 2 and 3 person rooms, a limited number of single rooms are available for an additional charge.

340 Euros per person if register by 15 May and pay by 15 June 2015.

20 Euros extra per person for late registration and payment.

If you need a visa, register as soon as possible.

Visa invitation letter costs will be added to registration. Some visa invitation letter costs must be prepaid.

If you need a visa to enter the EU, contact

Link to registration form,

Email questions to

Final Round Judges from Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, England, Croatia



27 June – 4 July 2015, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia


*Arrival on Saturday, 27 June – if possible coming before lunch.

Program for the ones coming early

12.00 Registration, getting the room

13.30 Lunch



Lecture and exercises: Basic public speaking and argumentation.


Introduction to the format.  Two impromptu debates.

19.00 Dinner

20.00 Welcome ceremony and overview of the program

Getting to know each other

24.0Bed time

* If you choose to arrive on Friday, the 26th  of June and you need the accomodation in Hotel Kompas,  please, let us know.  The Saturday afternoon program is for the ones coming on  Friday or/and coming on Saturday before lunch.

Sunday, 28th June 

8.45Morning assembly

9.00 – 13.00


Lecture and exercises Argumentation


9.00 – 10.30 Motion analyses

10.30 Announcement of impromptu motion 11.30 Debate and critique.

13.00 Lunch and free time

15.00 – 19.00


Overview of the WSD format and role of the speakers.

Group preparation for debate.

Debate and critique of debate.


Lecture: Framing debate. Preparation for debate. Debate and critique.

16.00 – 17.30


Overview of the program. Introduction to debate. Planning competitive and non competitive debate sessions. 

19.00 Dinner

20.00 Country exhibition

Monday, 29 June

8.45 Morning assembly

9.00 – 13.00


Lecture and exercises: How to build and prepare proposition case.


Lecture and exercises Strategy. Preparation for debate. Debate and critique.

13.00 Lunch

ALL 14.00 – 17.00 Everybody chooses one of the walking or biking trips:  biking trip  to Tamar and Planica valley with one of the biggest sky jumping facilities in the world; walking trip to lake Jasna; walking trip to Martuljek waterfalls.

DEBATERS 17.00 – 19.30

Announcement of the motion. Preparation for debate. Debate. Evaluation of debate.


17.00 – 19.30 Organising and promoting debate club. Recruiting. Funding. Networking.



Electives: Points of information. Third speeches. Reply speeches. Researching. Note taking. Strategy. Motion analyses.

22.00 Dr Who Theater

Tuesday, 30 June 

8.45  Morning assembly

9.00 – 13.00


Lecture and exercises: Oposition case. Refutation.


Lecture and exercises: Find the principle! Preparation for  debate. Debate and critique.


10.00 – 13.00 Organising training sessions. Exercises for debaters.

Lunch 13.00

15.00 Content electives

16.30 Announcement of the motion. Preparation for debates. Debates and critique. 


16.30 – 19.00 Debate across the curriculum.

19.00 Dinner

21.00 Kitsch party!

Wednesday, 1 July

8.45  Morning assembly

9.00 – 13.00 ALL GROUPS

9.00 – 10.30 Debate electives: Framing debate. Find the principle. Refutation. Points of information. First speeches. Motion analyses.

10.30 – 13.00 Announcement of the motion. Preparation for debates. Debates and critique.


14.00 Bus trip to lake Bled,

Dinner 20.00

24.00 Bed time

Thursday, 2ndof July 

8.45  Morning assembly


9.00 – 11.00 Motion analyses


Organising the tournament


11.00 – 12.00 Electives

12.00 – 13.00 Electives

13.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Judging briefing

15.30  Opening of the tournament

16.00 Round 1 prepared

18.00 Round 2 prepared

19.30 Dinner

Friday, 3 July

8.45  Morning assembly

9.00 Round 3 prepared

10.45 Round 4 impromptu

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Round 5 impromptu

17.00 Round 6 impromptu

19.00 Dinner


21.00 Socials

Saturday, 4 July 

8.45  Morning assembly

9.00 Semi – finals   -  impromptu

12.00 Finals  - prepared

Closing ceremony

Lunch and departure

Sponsored by:

Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga Slovenia, ,

World Debate Institute, USA,


World Schools Debate