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UN Arabic Language Day – Video Competition

Did you know that December 18th is UN Arabic Language Day?

December 18 was the day Arabic became one of the working languages of the United Nations in 1973.
On this occasion, the International Institute of Debate (IIDebate) in Tunisia is planning on holding a national video marathon entitled; “Arabic Language to me is…”, where you would send us your 7 seconds video answering the question in Arabic and IIDebate will pick the best videos for a final 3 minutes video which will end with a motion on the issue, and the showcased entries will then choose a Pro or Con side to participate in a dialogue on the stance; Globalization is affecting Arabic Identity.
Identity is one of the main issue matters effecting Tunisian society and youth specifically, especially after the revolution. Tunisian culture has continued to evolve within a duality throughout history, given its geographical setting.
This multi-layered specificity and ever so more westernized thought that seems to portray with varying intensities the Tunisian cultural mindset and system is a dynamic amalgam that needs to be understood. This understanding requires a national introspection and hence a dialogue in order for the static to be appeased.
Steps:
1. Take you camera or phone,
2. In 7 seconds, tell us what Arabic is to you (in Arabic),
3. Upload the video and send it to our facebook inbox or our email,
4. Deadline is December 17th,
5. If your video is picked ,we will notify you via Facebook,
6. You will then pick a side on the motion presented at the end of our video and participate in a dialogue in Tunis,
-Get filming!

The 9 Principles of Good Debating

These are 9 simple principles to be a good Debater.

 

  1. Questions or challenges should be professional. Insulting, condescending, or comments involving personal language or attacks are unacceptable.
  2. Critical analysis, synthesis, rhetorical skill, and wit are keys to debate success.
  3. Focus on the opposing side’s position or argument. Knowing the “other side” is critical for preparing strategies to refute your opponent’s arguments.
  4. Limit your arguments to three or less.
  5. Use logic to make your arguments. Present these arguments clearly and concisely.
  6. Know the common errors in thinking like logical fallacies and use them effectively in your refutation.
  7. Present the content accurately. Only use content that is pertinent to your point of view and draw on support from authoritative sources.
  8. Be certain of the validity of all external evidence presented for your arguments. Also, challenges to the validity of evidence should be made only on substantive grounds.
  9. Your rebuttal (or conclusion) in a debate is your final summary position. Use it as an opportunity to highlight important issues that indicate proof of your points or refute your opponent’s argument.

Share with us your tips for debate preparation and winning in the comments.