30 phrases that will improve your debating skills

The key to winning over your audience when debating is to start with a strong statement.  This will give your audience a greater sense of confidence about your topic even if you aren't completely rock solid on it.  So let's take a look at thirty useful statements that could mean the difference between winning and losing in a tight debate.

INTRODUCING YOUR POINT OF VIEW:

·        In my opinion…

·        In my view…

·        To my mind…

·        From my point of view…

·        As far as I am concerned…

·        I suppose/ imagine that…

·        If you ask me…

·        It seems to me that…

·        I believe that…

INTRODUCING A POINT RELATING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE  AND EXPERIENCE:

·        To my knowledge…

·        To the best of my knowledge…

·        As far as I know…

·        In my experience…

·        My experience has been that…

·        I have realized / learnt / noticed / come to the conclusion…(that)

·        I remember when I was young/living in/ growing up…

REPORTING THE EVENTS:

·        First of all…

·        To start with…

·        Another thing is…

·        The reason why I….

·        And besides,

·        Also,

·        In addition,

·        What’s more,

·        Another thing,

·        Not to mention the fact that…

·        Plus the fact that…

·        Just a small point,

·        Perhaps I should mention…

·        Oh, I almost forgot…

 

I hope they help.

 

Top 10 debating topics for students

We are just about to get into some class debating.  Here are a few suggestions that you might like to use with your students.

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Are social networking sites harmful?

Is it acceptable for society to put someone to death?

Should animal testing be legal or illegal?

Is protesting a justified behaviour to break the law?

Should we stop space exploration?

Does beauty or brains get you ahead in life?

Should there be any zoos in the world?

Is peer pressure beneficial or harmful?

Should students be required to wear uniforms at school?

Television is better than books?

Which came first? Chicken or Egg?

I'd Love to hear your ideas?