→ formal debating in English
→ Friendly debates with other schools
In the English-speaking world, all universities and schools have their debating clubs and organise tournaments.
The format of this rhetorical game was inspired by the debates at the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom, and its rules were inspired by an extremely popular form of debating known as World Style Debating: debates involve two teams who argue a motion, alternating between « proposition » and « opposition » speakers who take turns to deliver short speeches (3 to 5′), giving spirited arguments as well as rebutting one another in the course of an event that offers more and more space for improvisation and rhetorical amusement to inspire an audience and, above all, convince the members of the jury.
Joining the debating society is a way to
- practice your English,
- develop skills for speaking in public,
- and become familiar with a tradition that is part and parcel of academic life in the English speaking world.
Henri-IV is a member of the French Debating Association (FDA) : http://www.frenchdebatingassociation.fr/
We participate in friendly debates and debating tournaments organised with other lycées in Paris (Louis-le-Grand, Camille See, Fénelon, Ecole Alsacienne, American Lycée in Paris, Ecole Massillon, Lycée Berlioz de Vincennes, Lycée International de l’Est Parisien, Claude Monet, Sévigné)
Our lycée was proud to win the first high-schools tournament in 2016.
Every year, some happy few members of our debating club can attend the prestigious grand « final » of the debating tournament between Grandes Ecoles at the Hotel de Lassay (Assemblée Nationale).
Workships and friendly debates take place
every Wednesday room G002 from 12:30 to 13:30.
For further information, contact Laure Nafissi (casier 136)