The Australian Schoolkids' Guide to Debating and Public Speaking

Author: Claire Duffy, Publisher: NewSouth Books
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Welcome to the world of school debating and public speaking, the best training ground for speaking, reasoning, arguing and looking critically at the big issues of today.

Claire Duffy not only demystifies the process of debating and public speaking, but makes it fun by drawing on her many years of experience working directly with students, using language to which they relate. Learn all about the best way to prepare, the persuasive power of reason, the art of argument and rebuttal, and how to lose graciously. Including tips from the pros and a wealth of examples throughout, this guide is the essential handbook for making every spoken word count.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Debating
  • 1 Debating - why do it?
  • 2 The art of arguing
  • 3 How to prepare a case
  • 4 Rights debates
  • 5 The point - the building blocks of debate
  • 6 Really good rebuttal
  • 7 Speaker roles
  • 8 A debate from start to finish
  • Part 2: Public speaking
  • 9 Introducing public speaking
  • 10 How to prepare a speech
  • 11 You're on!
  • 12 Speech making in real life
  • Planning sheets
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgements
More Information
Year Level Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8
Date of Publication 1 September 2015
ISBN 9781742234236
Subject English