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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!