SQCC Arabic Debate Society & Competition 

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Arabic Debate Society aims to teach non-native Arabic adult learners to reason their point of view, integrate evidence, and master techniques to become exceptional debaters and public speakers in Arabic. Students will learn the structure and organization of a formal debate, select and research topics, and prepare arguments to present mainly in a policy debate format.

The Arabic Debate Society intends to build students' confidence to communicate effectively in Arabic. Encourage students to critically think, practice persuasive reasoning, research evidence, deliver speeches and refute opponents in Arabic. In addition, the debate sessions will help you overcome your fear of public speaking in Arabic and give you effective persuasion abilities.

The program consists of a series of five sessions. Sessions will cover Arabic language grammar in context, Arabic argumentative expressions and debate principles. Each session will be concluded with speed debate rounds where students argue different policy issues to practice the debate skills and Arabic expressions they learned in the session. An emphasis on learning through experience and a focus on practicing debate topics in Arabic will be the focal point of every session.

On the last day on the program, students get to showcase their mastery of Arabic speech and persuasion abilities in a mini-tournament, in front of their fellow debaters, judges, and friends.

 

The Core Objectives of SQCC Debate Society:

  1. Preparing Arabic students to become sophisticated communicators
  2. Expanding students' critical thinking and interpersonal skills in Arabic
  3. Developing students' Arabic language writing and research skills
  4. Equipping students with necessary Arabic linguistic and fundamental debate structure
  5. Advancing students' debate argumentation and developing effective methods of refutation in Arabic.
  6. Empowering students to serve as role models for both their Arabic language classmates and novice debaters.

Eligibility: 

  • You must be a non-native speaker of Arabic.
  • You must be 19 years of age and up.
  • You must have a college degree or in college.
  • You must to be at advanced or intermediate high proficiency levels.

 

To apply:

Send an email arabic@sqcc.org with the subject heading "Debate Society". Please include an introduction of yourself and your Arabic proficiency level.

 

Debate Time

Our debate sessions are bi-weekly sessions on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

SQCC Arabic Society Debate Session Schedule and Weekly Topics

 

Session One: 1 February 

Introduction to Debate and Public Speaking

 

Session Two: 15 February

Argumentation and Persuasion

 

Session Three: 29 February

Rebuttal and Thematic Summaries

 

Session Four: 7 March

Preparation for the Debate Competition

 

Session Five: 28 March

Debate Competition

 



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