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2022/01/19 2022 High School English Debate Tournament

2022 High School English Debate Tournament 
2022 High School English Debate Tournament Implementing Plan
I. Purposes
A. To encourage research and active learning, thereby sharpening students’ English speaking and logical thinking skills.
B. To promote interscholastic debating events throughout Taiwan.
II. Organizers & Hosting Schools
A. Supervised & sponsored by: K-12 Education Administration, Ministry of Education B. Organized by: English Department of National Taiwan Normal University
C. Hosted by: 1. Taoyuan Wu-Ling Senior High School (Northern region) 2. Taichung Shi Yuan Senior High School (Central region) 3. Kaohsiung Municipal Hsin Chuang Senior High School (Southern region) 4. National Experimental High School at Central Taiwan Science Park (National tournament)
III. Debate Formats
A. Policy Debate: Policy debate is heavily research-oriented and entails more advanced debate knowledge and strategies, and therefore it is more suitable to students who (1) have had some training and experience in debate, (2) have high intermediate to advanced level of English proficiency, and/or (3) are greatly interested in fields like law, public policy, political science.
B. (Modified) Pubic Forum Debate: Public Forum Debate, while sticking to its original format for the most part and requiring reasons and data to support one’s claims, does allows more room for collaboration between teammates anytime during debate. PFD also does not require research into the policy aspect of the controversy. For those reasons, it is more suitable to students who (1) do not have much knowledge or experience in debate, and/or (2) have intermediate to high intermediate level of English proficiency.
IV. Participating Teams
A. Regional competitions:
1. The tournaments are mainly for high school students (for international schools that means grade 9 to 12).
2. For both policy debate and (modified) public forum debate, the maximum number of school teams in each regional tournament is 12. When more than 12 schools register, the tournament organizer will resort to lot-drawing to decide which 12 schools get to compete.
3. Each school, after gauging students’ abilities and needs, can register one team for each debate category in the regional tournament that corresponds to the area where your school is located.
4. Priority will be given to high schools within their respective regions. Given that the cap of a debate category in a regional tournament is not met, when the participating schools come out to be an odd number, the following measures (in that order) will be taken:
(1) The hosting school of that regional tournament may send in one more team to participate.
(2) When (1) fails, other schools registering in that debate category (priority will be given to schools within their respective regions) will be informed of the chance to send in a second team. If more than one school can do so, the tournament organizer will resort to lotdrawing to decide which school can send in a second team.
(3) When both (1) and (2) fail, if the participating schools in another regional also come out to be an odd number, the tournament organizer reserves the right to coordinate and switch one school from one regional to another to make the participating schools in both regionals an even number.
(4) When (1), (2), (3) all fail, the tournament organizer reserves the right to remove one team, through lot-drawing, from the regional that has an odd number of participating schools.
5. Registration for (modified) public forum debate will prioritize (1) community schools, or (2) schools located in remote areas. The tournament organizer reserves the right to remove teams considered not a good fit for this debate category.
6. For both policy debate and (modified) public forum debate, each school team consists of two sub-teams (i.e., sub-team 1 and sub-team 2), with each sub-team comprising two speakers, and up to two backup debaters. In other words, for each debate category each school team can register up to 6 debaters, 4 official debaters(required) and 2 backup debaters (optional).
7. Debaters who have won The Best Debater Awards in the same debate category in past National Tournaments, though can enter the contest to compete for the team award, are not eligible to run for individual awards.
8. Regardless of the debate category the team enters, for each registered team, there needs to be a coach or teacher who can adjudicate the debate. All coaches and adjudicators are required to attend a pre-tournament meeting (dates to be announced later).
B. National competition:
1. Winning teams of English debate tournaments in the Northern, Central, and Southern regions of Taiwan will compete in the National competition.
2. Debaters who have won The Best Debater Awards in the same debate category in past National Tournaments, though can enter the contest to compete for the team award, are not eligible to run for individual awards.
3. Regardless of the debate category the team enters, for each registered team, there has to be a coach or teacher who can adjudicate the debate. All coaches and adjudicators are required to attend a pre-tournament meeting (dates to be announced later).
V. Debate Propositions
Policy Debate
RESOLVED: That the Taiwanese government should abolish the regulations governing preferential treatment of indigenous students on entrance exams.
(Modified) Public
Forum Debate RESOLVED: That at least 50% of education should be done through online learning under normal circumstances for secondary schools in Taiwan.
VI. Registration
A. Northern regional: Registration has to be completed on the website (https://forms.gle/XAjf7CkBS2hsnmwM6) by 17:00, March 15. Any revision to the registration has to be completed on the above website before the registration system is closed on April 6th.
B. Central regional: Registration has to be completed on the website (https://forms.gle/c33CHHKF282z6sA1A) by 17:00, March 15. Any revision to the registration 6 has to be completed on the above website before the registration system is closed on April 19th.
C. Southern regional: Registration has to be completed on the website (https://forms.gle/43BEiyHApLVv5y9BA) by 17:00, March 15. Any revision to the registration has to be completed on the above website before the registration system is closed on April 12th.
D. National: Registration is required. The deadline for registration will be announced after the regional competitions.
VII. Dates and Venues:
A. Northern region: April 16, Taoyuan Municipal Wu-Ling Senior High School
B. Central region: April 30, Taichung Municipal Shi Yuan Senior High School
C. Southern region: April 23, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsin Chuang Senior High School
D. National: May 28, National Experimental High School at Central Taiwan Science Park
VIII. Contact
For any further question (excluding registration-related matters), please contact
A. Northern Region: Ms. Katherine Liao of Wuling Senior High School at 03-3698170#360, wlshb17@email.wlsh.tyc.edu.tw.
B. Central Region: Mr. Tsai of Shi Yuan Senior High School at 04-27060314#829, shermanx@sysh.tc.edu.tw.
C. Southern Region: Ms. Liu of Kaohsiung Municipal Hsin Chuang Senior High School at 07- 3420103#812, vilyliu@hchs.kh.edu.tw.
D. National tournament: Mr. Shih of National Experimental High at Central Taiwan Science Park at 04-25686850#1390, syt060323@nehs.tc.edu.tw.
IX. Important Clauses
A. Revisions/Corrections to the registration form can only be made about debaters’ names (i.e., concerning the words or spelling of their names), composition of sub-teams, and orders of speaking, and have to be completed before the on-line registration system is closed.
B. Other than some uncontrollable factors, no changes can be made to the registration once the online registration system is closed.
C. Certificates of participation will be issued to all members on the registration form. However, team award certificates, that is, certificates of excellence, will only be issued to the debaters that actually debated on the day of the tournament.
D. All the participation proofs and award certificates issued after the competition will be based on the information on the registration form submitted before the on-line system is closed. For errors appearing on the proofs or award certificates that concern the participant’s names, when proven not a result of a mistake made by the organizer, no proofs or certificates will be reissued.
E. Proofs or certificates, when lost due to personal negligence, will not be reissued