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Seogwi Jungang Girl's Middle School in Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea will be hosting a free debate training for any interested middle school students and teachers. The event is designed to introduce students to debate and some of the more important concepts in argumentation and will be led by Alex Dukalskis (International Debate Education Association). Elizabeth Humphrey, a Fulbright Grantee at Seogwi Jungag Girl's Middle School with extensive debate experience, will also be training students.


To register, simply RSVP to Alex ( or Elizabeth (, and include the following information:

  • Student names
  • School name and teacher name
  • Indicate Korean track or English track
  • Phone number

It would be helpful if one representative from each school could email one of us on behalf of all your students. Please be sure that if you RSVP you actually intend to come!


Saturday, January 19

10:00 – 10:30 Check-in and Registration

10:30 - 11:00 Introductions and Ice-breakers

11:00 – 11:30 Introduction to Debate (Argumentation, Reasoning, Refutation)

11:30 - 12:00 Watch Sample Debate

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:30 Debating as the Proposition – Rules and Roles

1:30 – 2:00 Debating as the Opposition – Rules and Roles

2:00 – 3:00 Proposition Exercises

3:00 - 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 Opposition Exercises

4:30 - 5:00 Questions, Answers, and picking topics for practice debates

4:30 – 6:00 Judges Workshop for Adults (if necessary)

Sunday, January 20

10:00 - 10:30 - Check-in, warm-up, Questions/Answers

10:30 – 12:00 Preparation for Practice Debates

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break

11:00 – 3:00 Practice Debates

3:30 Closing comments

Training Team

  • Alex Dukalskis, IDEA Program Coordinator

Alex graduated from Willamette University in the United States, where he studied politics, philosophy and sociology. He debated there for 3 years. Alex was a successful national and international debater at Willamette, advancing to quarterfinals in the national championship and winning the 2004 IDEA International Tournament in Lithuania. After graduation, Alex was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. After completing his Fulbright year in South Korea, he studied for and was awarded a master's degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics (LSE). Since February of this year he has been working with IDEA doing training, event organizing and program coordination in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Mongolia, Uganda, China and the Czech Republic.

  • Elizabeth Humphrey, Fulbright Grantee, Seogwi Jungag Girl's Middle School

Elizabeth is a graduate of Willamette University, where she studied history and excelled in debate for 3 and a half years. In her final year at the US National Championship, she finished in the top 32 out of several hundred. In May of this year, she and her partner were the Champions of the 2007 IDEA-XJTU British Parliamentary Debate Championship in Xi'an, China. While at Willamette, Elizabeth spent a semester abroad in New Zealand. Currently, Elizabeth is a Fulbright Grantee teaching English part time to middle school girls.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can participate?

So long as you are a middle school student or teacher, you are free to come. Please RSVP so that we have a good sense of how many people will come.

  • How much does this cost?

Nothing! IDEA and the KDA are both non-profit organizations offering this training to you because we believe in debate and the benefits it brings to students.

  • What is the "Judging Workshop"?

This is where we will train teachers in how to judge debates fairly. Judging is an important part of the educational process of debate as debaters learn their strengths and weaknesses through feedback.

  • Will lunch be provided on Saturday?

Unfortunately, we will not be providing lunch. Please make arrangements.

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