German debating competition 2019

Debating Competition Finals
© Goethe-Institut / Martina Case

A project of the Goethe-Institut with 16 secondary schools in the United Kingdom.
Since October 2018 British pupils aged between 16 and 17 have been engaging with future challenges.

From October 2018 to March 2019 sixteen schools, each with a team of 4 pupils from Year 11 and 12, took part in a debating competition organised by the Goethe-Institut London. The teams dealt with current questions about the future of Europe.

The topics of the different rounds were:

1st round:
A year abroad in Europe should be compulsory during school time.

2nd round:
The use of plastic should be banned in Europe.

3rd round:
Only electric cars should be allowed in Europe from 2025.

On 27th March the final, which was also joined by the general secretary of the Goethe-Institut Johannes Ebert, took place at the British Council.

Dr Challoner's Grammar School's team and Hampton School's team debated the pros and cons of the thesis:

The subject “Europe” should be introduced in schools.

Both teams convinced the jury and the audience with their strong arguments and counter-arguments. Dr Challoner’s Grammar eventually brought the trophy home. Congratulations to both teams for their impressive performances and their enthusiasm for German! This was a great experience for everyone involved.

The debating competition offers students the opportunity to further develop their foreign language and professional skills. Through a specific occasion, they also learn to speak freely in front of others, to overcome inhibitions and thus broaden their personal and social horizons and strengthen their self-esteem. Moreover the competition offers the opportunity to meet German learners from the United Kingdom, exchange ideas and establish longstanding contacts. Here you can read a report of a participant.

The debating competition in the United Kingdom will take place again in autumn. It is worth joining in! Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss the registration period!