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Debate Dash

The Oxford Union: a public speaking school for future leaders.

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What are the keys to effective debating? Read over the top tips below. Which ones do you agree with? Can you think of any more? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

● Believe that you’re always right… no matter what you really believe.

● Have passion and you’ll probably win.

● Speak from the heart, but also use logic and academic research to back up your arguments.

● Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it, then say it again.

● Time your presentation in the debate perfectly so you end it just on time. Never finish too early or go over time.

● Create a strong central argument and make all your points link back to this.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (204) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 common mistakes in English. Plus, 100 words for hobbies and pastimes, 10 useful words for talking about trains, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Employment – work-related stress. • Grammar – the future perfect. • Health – vegetable benefits. • Functional language – persuasion II. • Language – how to improve your listening skills. • Music – summer festivals. • Social media – YouTube superstars. • Musicians – Lady Gaga. • Culture – smoking. • Business – marketing. • Psychology – lie detectors. • Personality – graphology. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!