Suleyman Demirel University
Qazaqstan Speech and Debate Association (QSDA), founded and led by Adam Saligman, is an initiative to introduce high, internationally prestigious standards to local English language speech and debate in Kazakhstan. We offer four debate and public speaking formats that are synced with the curriculum and standards of USA’s prestigious National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). QSDA recently agreed to collaborate with NSDA’s official branch league in China with an initiative to bring Chinese students to Kazakhstan to debate with us and to send our champion Kazakhstani debaters to both China and USA. The rules for schools’ and students’ participation all aim to match the rules and standards of NSDA so we will be able to send our students abroad and give them invaluable opportunities to debate in internationally prestigious events!
For schools' participation
We ask that our schools support their students by sending at least one teacher (or other adult who has at least graduated from high school) to coach their own students and judge other students’ speeches and debates. Schools must bring at least 1 judge for every 5 students entered in the competition. Judges should be basically familiar with the flow (NSDA’s official note taking strategy) and make visible efforts to use it when judging debate to unify our standards and prepare our Kazakh students to compete internationally in NSDA events in both China and USA (where they will be judged on the flow). Schools may contact Adam Saligman (AdamJiaoshi@gmail.com) to ask for videos and reading material about our formats and the flow. If a school brings between 6 and 10 students, they must bring 2 judges to be there at all times. The requirement is 3 judges for 11-15 students, etc.
For students' participation
There is only one topic for each format for the entire competition. This means that students will debate it multiple times and they will debate both sides of it. Students are strongly advised to practice for this competition through using the flow and intense preparation. The only topic they will debate is the topic given for the format they choose—this means that students who research the topic thoroughly and know both sides of it very well will have an advantage. In USA and China it is traditional for students to bring not only fully developed cases for both sides of the resolution (topic), but also extra data (research, historical examples, and case studies) and analysis to prepare for potential rebuttals. NSDA values preparation and deep knowledge of the topics, which we totally agree with at QSDA! Students may register for up to ONE debate format (NOT both), ONE speaking event, ONE debate format AND ONE speaking event, or BOTH speaking events. Double entering does NOT change the registration fee. Students are expected to behave themselves professionally and obey all rules of the host institution, as well as to respect the host institution.
This competition features four different events: two debate formats and two public speaking events.
Duo Interpretation resembles acting more, where students, working in pairs, perform 7-10 minutes of a published play, film, novel, television series, or short story. Students must use their body language and voice to differentiate characters while never making direct eye contact or touching each together. Duo Interpretation teaches fluent public speaking through self-awareness, blocking (positioning oneself optimally for the audience to see), and close attention to tone.
Lincoln Douglas is a one-on-one format that takes a more philosophical approach, asking the students to tie their cases together with a value they are trying to uphold. LD’s emphasis on value teaches debaters strong analytical skills.
Original Oratory is where students, working individually, can speak their own minds by preparing a 7-10 minute speech, memorized, that addresses a current problem they find important and want to solve. OO empowers students to speak their mind through teaching organization, structure, use of humor, and charisma.
Public Forum is a two-on-two debate format where students debate on a resolution that is either a comparative statement about harms and benefits of a policy or an absolute proposal).
March 13, 2020
5:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m Arrival and Registration
5:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m Opening Ceremony (Remarks from SDU Staff)
6:00 p.m – 6:45 p.m Dinner
6:45 p.m – 7:45 p.m Round 1
7:45 p.m – 8:45 p.m Round 2
March 14, 2020
8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m Arrival
9:00 a.m – 10:15 a.m Round 3
10:15 a.m – 11:30 a.m Round 4
11:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m Lunch
12:15 p.m – 12:30 p.m Announcements/Breaking into Quarter Finals
12:30 p.m – 1:45 p.m Quarter Finals for Debate, Semi Finals for Speech
1:45 p.m – 3:00 p.m Semi Finals for Debate
3:00 p.m – 4:15 p.m Finals for Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory
4:15 p.m – 5:30 p.m Finals for Lincoln Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate
5:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m Break
6:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m Award Ceremony
Whether it’s getting your name pronounced wrong for the 47th time, ending up in the ultimate awkward conversation, or discussing the perfect way to balance alpacas instead of LD, QSDA tournaments are always an irreplaceable experience. As a shy and awkward 12-year-old, public speaking was one of my greatest interests. QSDA introduced me to a larger and more diverse platform, allowing me to step out of my school’s constraints and compete with more experienced speakers. But QSDA also connects me with other debaters and speakers, perhaps awkward and shy, but amazing friends.
Suleyman Demirel University (SDU) is a private higher education institution (HEI) in the Eurasian country of Kazakhstan. It is situated in the mountainous town of Kaskelen, 20km from Almaty city centre. The University was founded in 1996 following a joint venture between Turkey and Kazakhstan, and was named after the president of Turkey who also inaugurated SDU together with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev.