Mr. Kruse and Ms. Enderlin are big fans of the English language as you all know. So they organized a workshop for teachers and some "language live" students who were interested in learning about English Debating. So a group of twelve teachers and students met up. Enderlin and Kruse came with a special guest: Michael Pates from London, England. He is the man who brought Debating to Germany in 1996. He now lives in Stuttgart and even though he is retired he is still involved with the German Debating Society.
Mr. Pates first told us about the rules of an English debate. We got many papers with a lot of information and tips. After some talking and jokes from Mr. Pates we got into two groups to get ready for our first debate. Our topic was: Is religion bad for the character? We had about 30 minutes to prepare ourselves.
Then the debate started. It was really exhausting, but we all had a lot of fun. I first thought it wouldn’t be that good, but it was brilliant! Debating was really fun, because everybody listens to you and you have to think and find arguments to put people down. Also I think it helps you to get further in life, because you learn to represent your own opinion.
Text by Ciara Wachner, 10d