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You Are Invited to 2017 NSDA – Taiwan!

NSDA-Taiwan has been approved on January 5, 2017, by Scott Wunn, the Director of NSDA, and this event will happen this year! Thank you all for helping!

If you are one of the schools who has signed up, your continued commitment is critical to all of us. We cannot have this event without you, so please don’t quit on us. Thank you!

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Location  

NTNU Gongguan Campus

No.88, Sec. 4, Tingzhou Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tentative Schedule

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Winners of tournaments
With your help, ADL is organizing 2017 NSDA Taiwan.

The US National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) is the oldest, biggest, and most recognized in the world, thus most beneficial for your future College Admissions.

We need students representing 10 different high schools – not middle, nor elementary, but high schools – to organize NSDA Taiwan. Actually last couple of years NSDA wanted us to find 10 schools, but we couldn’t, so we couldn’t host the NSDA for the past two years.

By April 2017, if we can find 10 schools, for each event (either debate event or speech event), we need a minimum of 2 teams competing each other. This means we just need either 1 debate team or 1 speech student from each school.

After this minimum is met, elementary and middle school students can also automatically participate together because we plan to have 3 divisions for this event – elementary, middle, and high school.

Therefore, if any high school student (by extension any middle or elementary school student) is interested and would like to participate, s/he actually doesn’t have to participate in debate, but something as simple as “speech.” Thus, it won’t be a lot of pressure for even the inexperienced, new students to compete in this event.


Q: Can students from different schools be partners?

No, if you are a high school student, and wants to participate in debate, you must find a partner from your own school; If you cannot find a partner, then do it alone. LD debate is a one person debate, so you can do it separately, representing your own school. Or, you can do speech, which is a one person event.

However, if you are elementary, since there is no US tournament for kids younger than grade 6, you can be partner with anyone from different schools.

Q: What happens if I debate with a partner from a different school?

ADL allows debate teams with different schools, but even if you win, you cannot be qualified to go to the US in June representing your school. So, if your ultimate goal is to go to the US Nationals, then it is better to find a partner from the same school. So, if you cannot find a partner from your school, then consider doing LD by yourself.

Q: How many teams are selected to go to the US representing Taiwan?

For high school students – the top 2 teams from each event can go.

For middle school students – any team with a same school partners, even if you lose in Taiwan, can go.

For elementary school students – no one can go.

Q: When and where is NSDA Championship held?

  • 2017 Birmingham, Alabama, USA – June 18-23 (middle school starts on 6/21)
  • 2018 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA – June 17-22
  • 2019 Dallas, Texas, USA – June 16-21

Q: How can I receive training for this event?

Your school speech or debate coach can teach you.

Q: What if my school doesn’t have a speech or debate coach? How can I receive training for this event?

If you live near ADL (Tianmu, Taipei) – come to ADL.

If you live far from ADL – you can receive online training from ADL coaches, or if your school has more than 12 students, one of ADL coaches can go to your school to teach.

You can call ADL (02) 2876-1866 or email Jessie Chen <jc@asiandebateleague.com>

Q: How can I help recruit more schools?

To invite more schools, please put up the poster in your school or spread this link: https://asiandebateleague.com/2016/12/02/you-are-invited-to-2017-nsda-taiwan/

Q: How do I pay for this event?

For your convenience, all fees can be wired to ADL account directly before April 9, and ADL can wire the total sum to the NSDA.

Here’ s ADL bank information:
中國信託銀行,北天母分行,
帳號: 201540033174,
戶名: 亞太語文思辯股份有限公司

  • NSDA School annual membership – NT$ 4,900 (This can be paid either by the school or the student. USD $150 can be paid via credit card if you apply online: https://points.speechanddebate.org/points_application/applyschool.php )
  • NSDA Student membership – NT$ 1000 (USD $30 is paid by the student, but no need to pay, if you are already a member)
  • ADL Tournament fee after 2/28 – NT$ 4,000 (Pay 10% less if you pay before 2/28 – NT$ 3,600)
  • ADL Judging fee – NT$ 4,000  (This fee is waived, if you bring your own judge. If you you have more than 8 students, then need to bring 2 parent/teacher judges).

High Schools submitted entries thus far:

As of now, we have 11 high schools confirmed and submitted entries, but not all of them paid NSDA student and/or school membership.

  1. SAS=Singapore American School (confirmed; they won’t qualify and won’t go to US)
  2. TAS=Taipei American School (confirmed, but minimal participation;  do not wish to go to the US Nationals, but will allow students to participate)
  3. DIS=Dominican Bilingual School (confirmed, submitted entry, but not paid)
  4. DDCT=Da Der Commercial and Technical Vocational 彰化縣私立達德商工 (confirmed, but not paid school membership)
  5. IBSH=International Bilingual School – Hsinchu (confirmed, paid, submitted entries)
  6. IBST=International Bilingual School – Tainan (confirmed, paid, submitted entries)
  7. MAT=Morrison Taichung (confirmed, soon to pay, submitted entries)
  8. PAS=Pacific American School (confirmed, paid, submitted entries)
  9. SMGH=Stella Matutina Girls’ High School  in Taichung 台中市曉明女中 (confirmed, submitted entries, paid student membership, but don’t want to sign up for NSDA school membership, if enough schools, and won’t qualify)
  10. TBS=Taichung Bilingual School (confirmed, paid, submitted entries)
  11. TMCH=Taipei Municipal Chenggong High School 立成功高級中學 (confirmed, submitted entries, paid student membership, but don’t want to sign up for NSDA school membership, if enough schools, and won’t qualify)

High Schools interested, but not submitted entries:

  1. WBS=Wego Bilingual School (strongly interested, but not paid, and waiting on entries)
  2. MAK=Morrison Academy Kaohsiung (somewhat interested, but to be cancelled if no entries)
  3. IVY=Ivy Collegiate Academy (somewhat interested, but to be cancelled if no entries)
  4. TFGH=Taipei First Girls High School 北一女 (interested, but entries were cancelled, so effectively cancelled if no new entries)

Middle & Elementary Schools submitted entries thus far:

  1. AAIA=Asia American International Academy
  2. TAS=Taipei American School
  3. TES=Taipei European School
  4. IBST=International Bilingual School – Tainan
  5. MAT=Morrison Taichung
  6. DMS=Dongshan Middle School, 私立東山高中
  7. FPS=Fuhsing Private School 復興實驗高級中學
  8. HSNTNU=The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University
    國立臺灣師範大學附屬高級中
  9. KCBS=Kang Chiao Bilingual School . 康橋雙語學校
  10. KMCS=Kaohsiung Municipal Cianjhen Senior High School 高雄市立前鎮高中
  11. OLPGH=Our Lady Of Providence Girls’ High School
    新北市崇光女子高級中
  12. TMDS=Taipei Municipal Dazhi School 大直高級小學
  13. TJH=Tianmu Junior High School 天母國中

Special Guests:

  • NSDA representative from the United States, Stefan Bauschard
  • NSDA Taiwan Chair, Adam Nelson
  • Taiwan Government English Debate Director, Shau-Ju Chang

4/8 – 4/9 High School Entries

For each of the below event, we need a minimum of 5 entries from a minimum of 2 different schools; otherwise, the event will be cancelled.

Original Oratory:

**Middle and High School Original Oratory events will be merged, but middle school won’t be qualified.

Registration Closed

LD Debate – March/April topic has been released on February 1 from NSDA:

“Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.”

Registration Closed

PF Debate – April topic has been released on March 1 from NSDA

“The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.”

Registration Closed

Policy Debate – 2017 topic has been released from NSDA as below:

“Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.”

**Middle and High School Policy events will be merged, but middle school won’t be qualified.

Registration Closed

Parliamentary Debate: Qualifies 6 Students to World Schools Debate Invitational WSD.

Registration Closed

4/9 Middle School Entries

Original Oratory:

**Middle and High School Original Oratory events will be merged, but middle school won’t be qualified.

LD Debate: March/April topic has been released on February 1 from NSDA:

“Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.”

Registration Closed

PF Debate: April topic has been released on March 1 from NSDA

“The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.”

Registration Closed

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4/9 Elementary School Entries

Time Block A: OO + ST

Time Block B: IM + SD

If you want to do two events, make sure you choose either time block A or B, but you cannot mix events from different time blocks.

Impromptu:

Registration Closed

Original Oratory:

Registration Closed

Story Telling:

Registration Closed

Smart Debate (1/2 time of PF Debate): April topic has been released on March 1 from NSDA

“The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.”

Registration Closed

Q: How do I prepare for Elementary Events?

1. STORY TELLING: Read your favorite children’s story. Cut the best/most exciting part of the story, 3 – 5 minutes in length, then practice reading it at home.

2. ORIGINAL ORATORY: Write your own speech, 3 – 5 minutes in length, then practice reading it at home.The topic is open, whatever you want.

3. IMPROMPTU: Students will be given topics on the spot and will be given 5 minutes to prepare the speech. This will often be the “least competitive and thus the easiest to win” type because most students are fearful of this challenge.

4.Smart Debate:This is 1/2 the time of public forum debate, thus manageable for younger and beginning debate students. Successful smart debaters must make persuasive and logical arguments in a manner that is accessible to a wide variety of audiences.

1. 講故事:你也可以閱讀你最喜歡的兒童故事之一。需要巴故事最好/最精彩的部分切成3-5分鐘的長度,並在家裡練習。

2. 原演講: 寫自己的演講,3-5分鐘的長度,並在家裡練習。主題是開放的,你可以選擇任何話題。

3. 即興: 學生當場將獲得主題,將有5分鐘時間準備演講。這往往會是”競爭力最小, 所以比較容易獲得冠軍”的類型,因為大多數學生都很害怕這種挑戰。

4.智能辯論: 這是公共辯論的1/2時間,所以比較適合年輕初級辯論學生。一位成功的智能辯論者必須以大眾能明白的方式,提出具有說服力和邏輯性的論點。

See speech videos from previous years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWcyF0i-wzE&list=PLb1SAivDxsb86hLTrcFKpFexiR5AjhkG7

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