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Parliamentary debate is ultimately a combination of various other formats. It uses the rhetoric and logical reasoning World Schools Debate while simultaneously adopting an emphasis on facts and statistics seen in Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate. For those interested in a combination of these formats, Parliamentary debate is a great choice. In each round, two teams, the affirmative and negation, debate an impromptu motion given 20 minutes in advance. Each team has two speakers and a total of three speeches. Our Parliamentary Resource page explains the basics of the format, each of the speeches and prepares debaters for impromptu preparation, among other resources.
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