Speaking – Debating (Live)

Age Categories that can participate 

  • Junior(8 – 12 Years)    

  • Senior(13 – 18 Years)    

  • Youth (19 - 45 Years)

  • Veteran(46 Years& Above) 

Process Flow  


  • Teams will be competing with each other in separate rounds  

  • Highest scoring teams from the first round will proceed to succeed rounds  

  • Depending on the number of registrations, the number of rounds will be planned out.  

  • One winner will be selected after the last round 




  • Age Categories that can participate :  

  • Junior(8 – 12 Years)    

  • Senior(13 – 18 Years)    

  • Youth (19 - 45 Years)

  • Veteran(46 Years& Above) 


  • The participant needs to register as “Team leader”, and later provide us with the names of the 2 other members in their team 

  • The participant can also register as “Single”, and the committee will form a team for them  

  • Team leader/single must provide a performance video of themselves speaking for a maximum of 3 minutes for or against a topic. This will be used for the selection process  

  • A maximum of 16 teams will be selected for the rounds 

  • The topic for performance video Juniors: Boarding school is harmful to students 

  • The topic for performance video Seniors: Social media does more harm than good  

  • The topic for performance video Adults: Rich people and large corporations should pay more taxes 


Team registration details

  •  You are encouraged to participate in a team of 3. Preferably, you have already formed a team and you are registering together. In this case, we urge you to select one team leader to inform the committee members beforehand the names of your preferred team members. All members will still register, following the general procedures. 

  •  If you want to participate and you don't have a team, register for yourself first and inform the committee members that you are participating alone. The committee will form a team for you by including other participants in your age group who had also registered alone. 

  •   The video submission is only for a screening process in case the number of participants goes beyond the maximum capacity. For the video submission, your team can select a team leader the team leader has to submit a speech video as per the submission guidelines. It is important to mention in the video (before your speech), the names of your team members. The same video can and should be uploaded by team members. To emphasize, there is no need for all team members to record their own speeches. The only team leader has to send in a video of their speech and the rest of the team members have to upload the same video file. 

  • If you don't have a team, you can submit the video of yourself and mention before your speech that you are registering for yourself only.

  •  A WhatsApp group will be created after the registration is complete for ease of communication


Debate format

  • Parliamentary style  

  • Each team will be assigned as a Proposition or Opposition 

  • 3 debaters per team: First speaker, Second speaker, Third speaker  

  • First speaker _ Prop: The role of the first speaker is to open up the case of the proposition. That means they present their side's opinion and arguments. Furthermore, they give a definition of that motion, in order to prevent any confusion caused by the motion, which might lack clarity. The first speaker also sometimes gives a status quo or an analysis of the current situation regarding that issue (mostly in policy-debates) to show the problem the side Proposition wants to solve, or the situation the side wants to improve et cetera. The first speaker may also give the case to show their aim of supporting the given resolution. 

  • First speaker _ Opp: His/her duty is to rebut the arguments given by the Proposition, meaning to show why it isn't or can't be true what "they" claimed. He/she can either give a counter-case regarding that motion or just decide to try to argue against the motion. When arguing against the motion, it is optional to give own arguments, as it would be sufficient to just rebut the arguments or the case well enough. 

  • Second speaker _ Prop or Opp: His/her role is to rebut the arguments given by the other side. Eventually, he/she can continue with his team's case and gives more arguments. 

  • Third speaker _ Prop or Opp: The third speaker has to re-structure the whole debate, filter the key issues of the debate and give a rebuttal. His/her main objective is to prove the other team wrong. He should preferably deepen the analysis of the rebuttal. They go into the rebuttal of the other side and show why the rebuttal was wrong or didn't touch their own arguments. 


Time requirement


  • Each debate will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes 

  • 4 minutes for topic selection 

  • 20 minutes for preparation 

  • Each speaker is given 4 minutes for their speech  

  • Remaining time is the cumulation of any questions raised by opposing team during speeches and comments by judges  


Zoom guidelines

  • Team Assigning :  

  • All teams will be randomly grouped into Proposition and Opposition. This list will be public before the start of the rounds.  

  • Topic Selection :  

  • There will be 5 different topics that will be announced at the beginning of every debate to the pair of teams  

  • The teams will then be sent into private break-out rooms to rank these topics from 1-5, 1 being the most preferred topic and 5 being the least preferred topic. The team has 5 minutes to make this ranking  

  • The tabulator (host of the zoom meeting) will enter each breakout room to collect the ranking.  

  • The selected topic will be announced by the tabulator after everyone returns to the main room  

  • Preparation : 

  • After the topic selection is announced, teams will then be given 20 minutes in their own break-out rooms to plan their speeches.  

  • All debaters will automatically return to the main room at the end of the prep time.  

  • Topic Introduction : 

  • The judges will introduce themselves and the theme of the debate 

  • Debate: For Primaries, Quarter-finals, and Semi-finals, the meeting link is only provided to debaters, judges, and tabulator 

  • Every debate will be recorded on Zoom 

  • After every debate, the judges are given 10 minutes to gather their notes and arrive at a final score and decision in a private breakout room.  

  • The tabulator will collect each judge’s score and average the scores of the judges for each team.  

  • If there is a tie, the tabulator must then have another judge watch the recorded debate and present his/her score. This is the tie-breaker and the result will therefore have to be announced post-session 

  • Once the tabulator has collected the data, the judges can return to the main room and discuss their decision and comments in an organized manner 

  • For Finals, the meeting link is public and any audience member can join. Only debtors and judges will be allowed to speak. Once the debate is over, the judges will be put into a break-out room to discuss the results in presence of tabulator.  

  • Once the judges return to the main room, each judge will present his/her views regarding the debates. One assigned convening judge will announce the winner.  

Submission Guidelines

  • The video should be maxed 100 MB and should exhibit your argumentation skills and articulation.

  • Speak for or against the topic in your age category for no more than 3 minutes.

  • English

    • Topics for Juniors: Boarding School is harmful to children.

    • The topic for Seniors: Social media does more harm than good.

    • The topic for Adults: Rich people and large corporations should pay more taxes

  • Malayalam

    • The topic for Juniors: Kids channelil parasiyangal engane kuttikale impact Cheyyum ?

    • Topics for Seniors in Malayalam: Jeevithathil celebritikalkku kittunna prashasthi yathartha herokalku kittarundo? Aaranu yatharthathil prashamsa arhikkunnathu?

    • Topics for Adults in Malayalam: Neeyamam strict ayittum crime rate koodunnu?​