CBSE Class X English Support Material – Writing – Debate

What is debate?

A debate is a formal discussion, or an argument on a subject on which people have different opinion.

Purpose

To show skills and ability of presenting an argument.

Format/Steps

  •  Salutation-‘Respected chairperson, honorable judges and all present…’.
  •  Introduction- views for/against-topic.
  •  Body- views, facts, Contradiction of opponent’s argument, rebutting the statement, questions etc.
  •  Conclusion- clarification of stand made.

Common phrases

I’d like to raise/the question/argue…..
In my opinion………..
Nothing could be more illogical than
I feel very strongly that…….
I would like to draw attention to…..
I fail to understand…….
I submit that…….
May I ask all present…….
I strongly oppose……..
On the contrary…….

Practice Questions

1- The motion of the debate is ‘Computers and Children: A boon or a Bane’. Write the debate speech for or against the motion in 150-180 words.

2- The motion of the debate is ‘Grading is better than marking of examination performance’. Write the debate speech in for or against the motion in 150-180 words.

3- The motion of the debate is ‘Home work should be abolished’. Write the debate speech for or against the motion in 150-180 words.

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