ESU Portugal – Autumn Open Debating Competition

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ESU Autumn Open Debate Nov2014



Autumn Open Debating Competition

Date: November 1, 2014

Venue: British Council Lisbon

And now for the part you have all been waiting for – the results:

There were three preliminary rounds – and just by looking at the marks it is clear that the performance of those involved improved significantly along the competition.

The four teams who made the final were Esc Sec. Alves Redol A and B (Vila Franca de Xira) , CAISL A (Linhó) and Esc. Sec. Jácome Ratton C (Tomar). The best speaker in the preliminary rounds was Joana Almeida Santos from Tomar.

The best team in the final was Esc. Sec. Alves Redol B : Joana Almeida Santos and Joana Nogueira, and the best speaker in the final was Diogo Reis from Esc. Sec. Jácome Ratton C.



Dear friends and colleagues,

The English Speaking Union Portugal, which many of you will know through our annual National Public Speaking Competition, will be organising an  Autumn Open Debating Competition which will take place at the British Council in Lisbon on November 1st and 2nd, 2014. The winning team will be awarded the magnificent British Council Debating Trophy which they will hold for a one-year period.

Although the English- Speaking Union Portugal has been involved in Competitive Debating for over two decades, the recent upsurge of interest in this field, with the creation of University Debating Associations, has brought a new impulse to this area of our activities. We are fortunate in having two distinguished former debaters on our Board, Pedro Delgado Alves and Miguel Sousa Ferro who have generously volunteered to  act as Convenor and Deputy Convenor for this Competition.

In addition, I can now announce that, courtesy of the Irish Association in Portugal,  we are privileged to have as our guest Adam Noonan  of Trinity College, Dublin, one of the most successful representatives of the Irish school of debating.  Adam will act as the Chief Adjudicator and has kindly agreed to run a workshop  for new debaters on the Saturday morning. I attach Adam’s enviable curriculum in the debating field with this circular.

The Competition will be run along the usual International Parliamentary Debating lines, with teams of two representing different educational organisations. On this occasion, after a hiatus of several years , we will be opening the first competition to secondary schools and language schools as well as University debating societies. The age limits will be a minimum of sixteen years of age- and a maximum of 22 years of age. Those of you who are “too old” to debate in this particular competition and are experienced adjudicators will be more than  welcome in that capacity. There will be several preliminary rounds before the” break” for the final rounds, depending on enrolments and other logistical issues.

Please note that some of the arrangements will depend on the number of provisional enrolments so that final timetables etc. will only be released in the final circular.

N.B. All debaters must be student members of the English- Speaking Union Portugal. A number of schools enrolled for the current year at the Public- Speaking Competition and consequently will not need to re-enroll their team members. Otherwise teams of two representing other entities need to pay the 50 euros enrolment fee (which covers the two competitors). This may be paid on the morning  of the competition. A receipt will be issued in the name of the organisation presenting a team.

The morning workshop will be designed to make new debaters feel more at ease in the ensuing competition. Although it will be designed essentially for teams representing secondary schools  other less experienced debaters may request to attend. A limit on numbers may have to be imposed. Preference will be given to competing debaters.

I  request concrete expressions of interest from University Debating Associations and secondary schools to me by e–mail, please: wavetraveller@gmail.comas soon as possible and certainly before the end of this month!

Given the potential interest it is highly likely that we will be obliged to place a cap on enrolments.


For those of you who are considering competing in, or sending a team to the Autumn Open Competition and are concerned about accomodation, there are a number of

hostels in Lisbon which offer rooms at reasonable cost.

We are grateful to the  Sociedade de Debates Académicos de Lisboa (SDAL) for their recommendation regarding the Unreal Hostel  which is in the Picoas area and has offered special prices to debaters in the past. You should mention SDAL when enquiring about prices and vacancies.

Nearer to the British Council but more up-market there is the Independente Hostel, which is also a stone’s throw away from Bairro Alto (known for endless debates after midnight)

Many thanks, best wishes.

David Evans


English-Speaking Union Portugal