The best of debate training in the World Schools Debate Championship format. 2014 faculty pictured above.

The 2014 program has concluded. 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

Hotel Spik, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

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. Lectures, exercises, skill workshops, practice debates, elective classes and evening social activities are all a part of the program.

Instruction will be in three levels - beginner, intermediate, advanced - and advanced teams are specifically invited. Team USA, Team Venezuela and Team Slovenia have already committed to attend. Other nations are encouraged to send their national teams to prepare rigorously for WSDC Singapore.

Champion - USA Blue | Second - Slovenia/USA | Third - Germany

Faculty in 2014:

Miha Andric, Slovenia, successful European coach.

Geetha Creffield, Singapore, national WSDC coach.

Filip Dobranic, Slovenia, twice Top Speaker EFL WSDC, EUDC ESL university champion.

Matus Huba, Slovakia, organizer Bratislava Schools Debating Competition.

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

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

Jernej Podgornik, Slovenia, ZIP coach and trainer, veteran of Beijing academy.

Bojana Skrt, ZIP Slovenia, multiple WSDC ESL & EFL world champion coach.

Alfred Snider, USA, Debate USA coach, World Debate Institute, University of Vermont USA, experienced debate trainer.

Aaron Timmons, USA, coached numerous USA national champions, now Debate USA coach.

Cindi Timmons, USA, extremely successful schools coach, now Debate USA team manager and coach.

ALSO - Background experts and practice debate judges include Samo Novak, Denis Horvat, Jure Hederih, Nena Lejko, Eva Nike Cvikl and more!


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, fill it out, send it in!

Email questions to

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


28th June – 5th July 2014, Hotel Spik, Kranjska Gora,Slovenija


*Arrival on Saturday, 28th June – if possible come before lunch.

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

Bed time

* If you choose to arrive on Friday, the 27th of June and you need the accommodation in Hotel Kompas, please, let us know.  The Saturday afternoon program is for those coming on Friday or/and coming on Saturday before lunch.

Sunday, 29th June 

Morning 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 WSDC 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, 30th 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 and free time.


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

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


16.00 – 19.00 Organizing and promoting debate club. Recruiting. Funding. Networking.

19.00 Dinner

21.00 Dr Who Theater

Tuesday, 1st of July 

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  Organizing training sessions. Exercises for debaters.

13.00 Lunch

Free afternoon – walking trip to waterfall Martuljek or lake Jasna; biking trip to Planica.

19.30 Dinner

21.00 Pool party

24.00 Bed time

Wednesday, 2nd of 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.

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Content electives

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


16.00 – 19.00 Debate across the curriculum.

19.00 Dinner

21.00 Kitsch party!

24.00 Bed time

Thursday, 3rd of July 

8.45  Morning assembly


9.00 – 11.00 Motion analyses


Organizing 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, 4th of 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, 5th of July 

8.45  Morning assembly

9.00 Semi – finals   -  impromptu

12.00 Finals  - prepared

Closing ceremony

Lunch and departure

MOTIONS for 2014:


Round One: THBT the West should actively include Iran in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.

Round Two: TH regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014.

Round Three: THBT governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles.

Final Round: This house believes that governments should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth.

PRACTICE DEBATE MOTIONS - will come from this list

THW give more votes to citizens according to their performance on a current affairs test.

TH regrets that Western Media demonized Islamist Terrorists rather than portraying them as criminals with legitimate grievances.

THW ban video games in which the player engages in brutal and immoral violence in a realistic setting.

THBT online matchmaking is a better system than traditional dating.

THW allow internet users to sell their own personal information for profit

THBT USA should  drop all charges against Edward Snowden

THBT in instances where peaceful protests are met with a disproportionately violent state response, protesters should respond violently.

THBT a world without organized religion would be a better world.

This house regrets the rise of  anti-hero in media.

This house believes that secular governments should actively censor those sections of religious texts that either constitute hate speech or propagate negative attitudes to other religious/ethnic groups.

THW criminalize the public denial of evolution. 

THW abolish educational track systems in schools.

THBT life-extending medical procedures should be denied to the terminally ill.

THW Prohibit Religious Organizations from Speaking out against Homosexuality.

THBT states should take active measures to limit the spread of American pop culture.

THBT that developing countries should support commercial surrogacy.

This house will make parents legally responsible for their children’s crimes.

THBT crime against animals that are members of an endangered species should be sentenced as if the animal were human.

THBT digital communication is more important to humanity than face-to-face contact.

This house would make wearing fur illegal.

THBT foster children should be placed into families with similar backgrounds (race, religion, etc)

THBT politicians should not have public profiles on twitter and other social networking sites.

THW eliminate any legal or ethical limitations from the field of genetic research on improving the human body.

THW give primates (e.g. monkeys) and cetaceans (e.g. dolphins) the same rights to life, freedom from physical harm, and freedom of movement as humans

THW allow legislation through voter initiated referenda.

THBT developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources

THBT Iran should not have been excluded from current Geneva negotiations about peace in Syria.

This House would include Iran in negotiations for peace in Siria.

TH regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014

TH supports media censorship during times of political crisis

THBT developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources

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World Debate Institute, USA,


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