ENGLISH FIESTA National Debate Competition 2011

Information About ENGLISH FIESTA National Debate Competition 2011

This is the information about coming National English Debate Competition. Here you will find about all of the information. About Registration Method, Rule and Regulation, and also Contact Person.

Guys, Let’s join this competition…to get knowledge and experience in speaking english. We know that debate or debating is a formal method of interactive and representational argument.

The 10th Anniversary of ILF UMM

A Celebration of Truth, Extraordinary and Novelty (TEN)

A National Scale Varsities & Senior High School Debate Competition

April 29th – May 2nd, 2011

Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examines consistency from axiom, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn’t the case or rhetoric which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior “context” and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.

In a formal debating contest, there are rules for people to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact. Informal debate is a common occurrence, the quality and depth of a debate improves with knowledge and skill of its participants as debaters. Deliberative bodies such as parliaments, legislative assemblies, and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. The outcome of a debate may be decided by audience vote, by judges, or by some combination of the two. (Of course, this implies that facts are based on consensus, which is not factual.) Formal debates between candidates for elected office, such as the leaders debates and the U.S. presidential election debates, are common in democracies.

The major goal of the study of debate as a method or art is to develop one’s ability to play from either position with equal ease.

Debates are sometime organized for purely competitive purposes, particularly at the US high-school level, but also in other English-speaking countries.

Information :

Registration Method of ENGLISH FIESTA 2011

1.      Registration Method

Registration will be opened on February 14April 11, 2011 or                      when the team caps are filled.

  • For Universities (Cap: 30 teams Only)

1.      Early bird on February, 14th-28th, 2011. The registration fee is  Rp.350.000,- /person (excluding the lodging)

2.      Regular on March 1st– April 11th, 2011. The registration fee is

Rp.400.000,- /person (excluding the Lodging)

  • For Senior High School (Cap: 20 teams Only)

The registration fee isRp.750.000,- /Team (excluding the lodging)

Payment should be transferred to :

BNI Cabang Malang

a/n Ika Faizatul Ummah

Account Number : 178744016

3.     Please Fill out the registration form together and send requirements below to

englishfiesta@gmail.com :

a) One copy of student identification.

b) One copy of payment transfer from the bank.

After that, please confirm to Novita Hayyin (085730714133)

Rules and Regulations


1)      This set of rules and regulations of national debate competition, English Fiesta 2011 hosted by International Language Forum of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (ILF-UMM), on April 29th –May 2nd May 2011.

2)      The tournament will be using Asian Parliamentary format

3)      We will open this tournament with maximum caps until 30 teams (universities) and 20 teams (Senior High School)

4)      Each team of universities should send at least 1 adjudicator (n1), and if cannot fulfill this requirement then there will be point deduction (5 points per round). (Not for Senior High School)

5)      The A-core (Chief of adjudicator and deputies) has full authority regarding the interpretation and modification, if necessary of these rules (if not stated on the constitution). The decisions of the A-core with respect to these rules will be final and binding.


1)      The competitors are eligible to participate in this competition, if and only enrolled as full time students in the represented university/school, proved by student ID or official letter from their institution.

2)      Each team complete will consist of three members. The members of the team do not have to be from the same faculty/departments. and each member is attached with one adjudicator (N1 Rules).

3)      The 10th English Fiesta 2011 Committee reserves the rights to investigate the legitimacy of any persons participating in the competition


1)      The 10th English Fiesta 2011 will be conducted in two phase:

·         The Preliminary Round

·         The Elimination Round

2)      In the preliminary rounds of this competition, there will be fiverounds of debates. All teams will start on an equal footing with the pairing for the first round being done randomly. For the subsequent rounds, the teams will be graded on the basis of the tabulation result. The following grading criteria will be considered in decreasing order of priority:

·         Total victory points (Win – Loss Record: 1 point for a win and 0 for a loss)

·         Cumulative team score

·         Cumulative margin

3)      At the end of this grading for each round, the top two teams will meet each other; the next two teams will meet each other and so on.

4)      The top sixteen teams (for university) and the top eight teams (senior high scholl) at the end of the five rounds of the preliminary will qualify for the elimination rounds of this competition.

5)      Four Elimination Rounds namely The Octofinals (just for university), Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and the Grand Final, will decide the winner of this competition. Tournament Power Matching (best meets worst i.e. Team 1 meets team 16, team 2 meets team 15 and so on) will be employed in these rounds. The winner of each round proceeds to the next round.

6)      This tournament will award the best two teams (grand finalists) as the winner and runner up. And Best speaker category will take from the accumulative scores of preliminary and elimination rounds.

7)      There are also awards on the best PoI category, which will take from accumulative PoI scores in the preliminary rounds.


1)      Two teams will debate a motion in each round of this competition. They shall be referred to as the proposition (Affirmative of the house) and the Opposition (Negative). The side on which a team debates shall be determined by a fair mechanism enabling teams to have equal chances of being proposition and Opposition during the preliminary rounds.

2)      These motions of the debate will be released at April 20th 2011. The motions will be decided 30 minutes before the actual debate by the A-core.

3)      These motions selected by A-core shall be announced 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each round of the debate to permit the teams to construct their individual cases. There shall be no time extensions for teams who arrived late for the announcement. Any teams arrived 10 minutes after case building shall lose the rights to debate on that round, and get 0 VP with the lowest score, while their opponent win the debate with 1 margin.

4)      Each team will have three speakers and each speaker will deliver substantive speech of the time duration specified below. Either the first or the second speaker from each team will deliver a reply speech. The order of the speeches will be as follow:

·         First Proposition                    7 Minutes

·         First Opposition                     7 Minutes

·         Second Proposition                7 Minutes

·         Second Opposition                7 Minutes

·         Third Proposition                   7 Minutes

·         Third Opposition                   7 Minutes

·         Reply Opposition                   5 Minutes

·         Reply Proposition                  5 Minutes

5)      A warning Knock will be sounded at 1st minute to open PoI session, 6th minute to close PoI session, 7th minute of a substantive speech. As for the reply speech there will be warning knock at 4th minutes, and 5th minutes. The speaker is expected to complete his / her speech in the allocated time. After 20 seconds, a continuous knock will be sounded.

6)      The proposition (affirmative) must define the motion and support this by giving constructive arguments. The right to define the resolution primarily resides with the proposition. The proposition is expected to give a reasonable definition for the resolution. The Opposition must oppose the proposition and build a counter case against them. In the event that the Opposition feels that the proposed definition is invalid, it may challenge the definition and propose an alternative definition.

7)      There will be one special round for the Opposition to choose which side of a given issue it will defend, which will announced at the beginning of the case building. Their choices will determine what position will defend by proposition on that round. e.g., “The United States should/should not extend Most Favored Nation trade status to China” if the Opposition chooses to take “should”, then the proposition have to defend “should not” in the motion.


1)      There will be accreditation session after debate/adjudicate seminar and exhibition round. Which will consist of written and presentation test for all adjudicators.

2)      The debates will be adjudicated by a panel of an odd number of adjudicators.

3)      The adjudicators shall arrive at an individual decision after the completion of the debate; they shall not confer among themselves while arriving at this decision.

4)      The debates shall be awarded by a majority vote among the adjudicators.

5)      The best speaker shall be decided on the basis of aggregate marks awarded by each individual adjudicator. They shall also give their brief written comments on each speaker’s performance.

6)      The decisions of the adjudicators shall be final and binding.


1)      Any complaints or concerns on any technical aspect of the tournament should be communicated as soon as possible to the A-core.

2)      The decision of the A-core in respect of any dispute during the competition shall be final.

Contact Person :

Email :englishfiesta@gmail.com

1. DCA

Hanif Falah


2. Chairman of English Fiesta 2011

Najamuddin Khairurrijal


3. Secretary of English Fiesta 2011

Novita Hayyin


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