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【英語部】 What is debate.

英語部の2年生がdebateについて英文で書きました。

What is debate for me.

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The world is changing dramatically, so we need to change as well. It is said that we will face more and more challenging, complicated matters which have no clear answer. At Omiya High School, we have debated such important issues.Euthanasia, whether to introduce it or not to Japan, has no right answer. With regard to limiting working hours to 48 hours, we have both sides to the argument. At first, I was not confident enough to consider and discuss such complicated matters.However, as we kept on debating about euthanasia last year and the long working hours this year,I became more interested in these topics and now enjoy discussing them with my friends. Debating makes me think critically, deepens my thoughts and eliminates my old mindset.

Participating in the national tournament meant so much to me. We met lots of students who I might have never met if I didn’t participate and it was so exciting to make friends with them. Since they were from different places, their arguments were different from ours, and we were so lucky to debate with one of the strongest teams in Japan. That game was so interesting and memorable. We were united as one team and we got 6th place because of our team efforts. I am so happy that our efforts paid off, it was a truly rewarding experience.   

 Arisa

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I think debating provides good opportunities to learn important topics and to make great friends with students, judges and teachers.
For example, the topic of the national tournament last year was about working hours, and about euthanasia in the previous year. Gaining the correct knowledge and understanding the various values are important because they enable us to understand people in different situations and to notice what is missing in society and what we must change. In debate, we must take two different stances, the affirmative side and the negative side, and that deepens our understanding.
Also, after debate matches, we can get advice from high-level judges. Some judges work in banks or big companies and some were good debaters when they were students. Opportunities to be advised directly by such people can’t occur for students without doing debates.
Through joining the national tournament, I learned different ideas from many teams from different prefectures and I got great advice to improve my speech. We gained more interests in debating together and, most importantly, I felt a great support from my team. Debate is a team competition and we can’t do it alone.
Lastly, I thank my teachers, teammates and club members, who gave me the opportunity to debate. What wonderful people I have met!!

Aria

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In debate l learned the importance of expressing my opinion using English. Since l was not good at speaking in front of many people, l joined the English club to gain more confidence.
When l entered this club, l was very nervous because my English listening and speaking skills were not strong. However, now I can express my opinion with more confidence. That’s because debating exposes me to English every day. Also, through researching topics, I can now see things from different angles.
Last year, Omiya got a great opportunity to go to the national tournament and to my surprise, Omiya got 6th place in this tournament! Debating has taught me not only Engilsh skills but also the importance of teamwork and making friends. I will never forget this wonderful experience and make use of it in my daily life. I am happy that I have joined this club!

Yoshika

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Debate is known as a kind of fighting with words and most people would think it seems difficult. At first, I was one of them, but as I participated in debate matches, I realized that debate is a means to get to know other people. The main point of debate is to exchange opinions, and when we are debating―including self-introductions at the beginning-- we get to know more about the opponents, and we were no longer just strangers in the end. After the match, we talk together and become friends. Actually, the debate match slogan is "make friends!" I have made many friends with those I met at debate matches, and the interaction with them is still going on. Debating was valuable for me because I could get the new tools to meet different people and make friends!

Hana
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When we watch the news or read newspapers, we only consider whether this is good or not. As a result, we tend to have a narrow view. However, in debating, we have to consider both pros and cons of the social issue at the same time. By doing that, I realize that many people in different situations are involved in the one social issue and how it looks depends on who we are focusing on. This means that having various perspectives is very important when considering the problem because something good for one person could be bad for others. For example, as for this year's motion, limiting working hours is good for people's health, while it will reduce overtime payment and this will damage people's life. We can say the same thing about other issues.
As we all know, not only Japan but also the global society is facing many social problems we have to solve, such as women's discrimination, energy problems. And the people who should solve these problems are us, young people. Having various perspectives is the very thing that we need in contributing our society. This is why I am learning English debate.
Yuki
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I have learned that many good things from my experiences in debate. When I entered Omiya High School, I was not good at explaining my opinion in English. But in debate, I learned how to make a good explanation which is easy to understand and a quick response which are necessary to win. I acquired many useful expressions and my English ability has improved.
So, what is the meaning of doing debate? I think it is to enjoy discussions with friends because we can talk about many topics in debate. This is a very valuable experience. In the national tournament the other day, we had debates against many strong teams in Japan and the more game we had, the stronger our team became and the further our friendships deepened. I am very glad that I was able to participate in the national tournament.
Yuka
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Since last year's Winter Cup, I had felt a pressure because I thought that we wouldn't be able to participate in the national cup. However, we didn't give up on practicing. It was sometimes frustrating and tough but I think because of that, we got the 6th prize in the national cup, which is a wonderful result. Although I didn't participate in matches as a debater, I attended as a chairperson in the national cup, I'm very happy that I could contribute to the team.
Finally, I'm proud of having been a member of Omiya High School English Club. Thank you to my caring and supportive English club.

Miyuki

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Beginning my journey as an English debater last year, I have learned not only how to speak English effectively but also to work as a team with my friends. In debate, we have to convey our opinion and understand our opponents’ opinion. Through this, we learn how important it is to know a lot of opinions and viewpoints. So we search and discuss a lot together and this helps us understand others and enrich our feelings.
In the national tournament, I saw each debater speak confidently and try to communicate with both their own and their opponent’s team members. They were so cool and I was deeply impressed. And this reminded me of why I had started debate. I had wanted to change my character to be confident enough to talk in front of people. Now I have made precious friends. I want to cherish the rest of this time to become a better, confident debater.

Aoi
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Thank you for reading. Let’s enjoy debate together!

【英語部】令和元年度活動報告

英語部の令和元年度の活動を報告します。

4月:1年生12人を迎え、2年生9名、3年生9名と合わせて30名というこれまでで最大の英語部が誕生!

  3月末に発表された今年の全国高校生英語ディベート大会のトピックは「働き方改革」。

Resolved: That the Japanese government should limit the weekly maximum working hours, including overtime, to 48 hours (following the EU).「日本国は、残業も含めた週あたり最長平均労働時間を(EUに倣い)48時間に制限すべきである。是か非か。」

    11月の埼玉いなほカップ、12月の全国大会を目指して準備開始です。

 

5月:GW中に中央大学を会場に行われた2つの大会に参加しました。

一つは、例年は東京の創価高校で行われるSpring Cup。今年のトピックでの初試合。2,3年生で協力して準備し、出場は2年生。様々論点やエビデンスに出会い、良い勉強になりました。

もう一つはJWSDC(Japan World School Debate Championship)。世界大会の形式の即興型と準備型が混在するディベートで、日本、中国、韓国の代表チームも出場するこの大会に、有志の5名が挑みました。予防接種の義務化、メガシティーの解消、おとり調査、といった問題から、”This house should allow high school students to fire their teachers.”といったものまで、予選6試合を戦い2勝と健闘。世界レベルに触れ、英語力、ディベート力、チームワークを磨くチャンスとなりました。

そして中旬には3年生が引退しました。上級生が少ない中、ずっと頑張ってきて、英語部をこんなに大きくしてくれてありがとう!

 

 

6月:毎年恒例のNOVICE CUP。新人のための練習大会です。今回のトピックは今話題の「宿題と定期考査の廃止」。大宮高校を会場に、埼玉、東京、千葉、茨城、群馬から20チームが集合。2年生1名1年生3名のチーム編成で出場してAチームが5位に入賞しました。

 

  

9月:今年の文化祭はディベートを披露しました。解説を加えながらの筋書きのあるディベートでしたが、皆さんにディベ^-トの面白さを知っていただけたらよかったです。

 

 

11月2日:全国大会の県予選、埼玉いなほカップ。日本の働き方改革を上回るEU並みの労働時間週48時間上限とう残業規制を支持するか否か。春から本や資料を読んで勉強し、練習試合を積み重ねてきたこの論題で、AB2チームが出場しました。大宮の論点は、肯定側は労働者の健康と女性の活躍、否定側は収入の減少と、企業活動の制約。各チーム肯定否定の両サイドでそれぞれ2試合、計4試合を戦います。2試合目からは勝ったチーム同士の組合せ。強豪市立浦和高校3チームの壁を崩せず、Bチーム(斎藤・松原・片山・二瓶・坂倉)が3勝1敗で4位、Aチーム(内田・丸橋・河津・清水・佐々木)が2勝2敗。それでも学校単位では2位になり全国出場決定。涙が歓声に変わりました。またBチームの松原さんは優秀ディベーター賞を受賞しました。

  

   

11月:いなほカップを終えて、遅ればせながらハローウィンパーティー。今年はかぼちゃが6個も!

  

   

12月25,26日:全国高校生英語ディベート大会in前橋。県大会後2度の練習大会、長岡高校とのSkype試合や高崎高校を迎えての練習試合など、他県の論を勉強しながら、部員全員力を合わせて県大会の論を強化し、2年生の内田、丸橋、斎藤、河津、二瓶、片山の6人チームで臨みました。試合を重ねるごとに力をつけ、2日間6試合の予選の結果4勝1敗1分の第6位! 今年から決勝リーグがベスト4戦となったためこのまま順位が確定。綿密な準備とチームワークが実りました。OBコーチのTakuya、ALTのScot先生、お世話になりました。

  

全国から64チームが大集合。合言葉は”Make Friends!”

 第1試合:鹿児島高校。緊張でがちがち。1勝してほっ。 第2試合:昨年準優勝福井の藤島高校。惜しかった。

  

第3試合:石垣高校。試合後たくさんお話ししました。   第4試合:富山国際高校。しっかり力が出せました。

         

第5試合:Skypeで練習した長岡高校とご対面。   第6試合:憧れの翔凜と戦いきって試合後の交流。 

  

全国6位の表彰。そして部長の内田さんがベストコンストラクティブスピーカーに選ばれました。

2年生のessayは別記事で紹介します。

 

2月9日: 全国大会と並行して1年生が準備を進めてきた冬の大イベントWinter Cup。出場44チームは関東だけでなく富山や長野からも。今年の論題は【日本の動物園の廃止】。古典的な論題ですが、人間と動物との関わり方を考えさせられるトピックでした。結果はAチームが3勝1敗で7位奨励賞でした。

また今年から同時開催で即興型ディベート部門も開催され、2年生が参加し、Aチーム(丸橋・二瓶・内田)が4位に入賞しました。

 

   

2月11日:昨年に続き、即興型ディベートのHDPU(High School Parliamentary Debate Union of Japan) 全国連盟杯の埼玉予選。2年生9名と1年生有志4名の3チームが出場し、Cチーム(斎藤・河津・坂倉・郝)が4位に入賞し、学校順位2位で全国大会の出場が決まりました。

  

3月は春休みのお楽しみ行事、校外研修。

今年は経済問題でたびたび登場する中小企業について理解を深めるために、スカイツリーのふもとの墨田区役所と東日本金属さんを訪問することになっていました。が、やはりコロナウィルスの関係で延期となりました。登校できない間に、各自楽しみながら英語を学び、また来年度の準備をしています。

来年度の全国高校生英語ディベート大会トピック:

Resolved: That the Japanese Government should ban production and sales of fossil-fueled cars, including hybrid cars, by 2035. 日本政府は,(ハイブリッド車も含む)化石燃料車の製造と販売を2035までに禁止すべきである。

以上、今年度1年間の活動についての報告でした。興味のある方は、ぜひ英語部部室及びやまぼうし会館3階の活動場所にお立ち寄りください。

(速報)【英語部】全国大会出場決定!

 2月11日(火・祝)に伊奈学園高等学校で行われた第9回日本高校生パーラメンタリーディベート連盟杯埼玉県大会にて、大宮高校Bチーム(2年 斎藤はな  河津優花 1年 坂倉美南  郝 憶洋)が4位入賞、学校としては2位入賞を果たしました。

 この結果、3月21日(土)~23日(月)に代々木のオリンピック記念青少年総合センターにて行われる全国大会に出場することが決まりました。