2023 AUF Turkish Debating


  1. The competition will be held in Melbourne on 16th and 17th November.
  2. The host school is responsible for organising the accommodation, logistics, food and
    sightseeing tour for the guests students and their supervisors.
  3. Dress code: Students need to be wearing their full school uniform.
  4. All Turkish language students of the host school are welcome to attend the debating
    category as audience with the permission of the host school management.
  5. Sightseeing tour (for the guest schools) in Melbourne on Saturday 18th November.
    ● The host school students are allowed to join the tour if they wish as long as all
    necessary permission slips are organized and completed in a timely manner by their
  6. The competition is open to Turkish native students of Years 9, 10, 11 and to Year 12 from
    AUF-affiliated schools.
  7. The competition will be held in two categories:
    Category 1 Debating: Year 9 & 10 Level, Year 11&12 Level
    Category 2: Public Speaking: Year 11&12 Level
  8. Students can take multiple roles in both debating and public speaking competitions.
  9. Schools might have separate/multiple/composite teams from each category.
  10. Each team can consist of 2 or 3 students.
    11.Applications must be submitted by Turkish Language Teachers online through the link below
    by Wednesday 1st November:


  1. Year 9&10 Teams
    ● Sirius EMC (Girls Campus)
    ● Sirius MFC (Boys Campus)
    ● Amity BHS (Boys Campus)
    ● Amity GHS (Girls Campus)
  2. Year 11&12 Teams
    ● Pinnacle College
    ● Sirius EMC 1 (Girls Campus)
    ● Sirius EMC 2 (Girls Campus)
    ● Sirius MFC 1 (Boys Campus)
    ● Sirius MFC 2 (Boys Campus)
    ● Amity GHS (Girls Campus)

Competitions will run two days, the first of which will be preliminary and the second will be finals.
Preliminary will involve group competitions. There will be 2 groups depending on the number of
teams. Each team in each group will play against the other two teams in the group, and the top two
teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals: The top two teams from Group A and Group B based on the highest number of points
earned will qualify for the semi-finals. If two or more teams have the same number of points,
tiebreakers such as mark difference may be used to determine the rankings.

Finals: The winners of the semi-finals will verse each other to determine the winner.
Repechage: The 3rd place will be determined by the teams who didn’t make it to the Final.
Year 9&10
The members of the team who come first will get $150 each
The members of the team who come second will get $100 each
The members of the team who come third will get $50 each
Year 11&12
The members of the team who come first will get $150 each
The members of the team who come second will get $100 each
The members of the team who come third will get $50 each

Agreed Conditions

  1. From each level, opposing arguments will be presented by two teams, each of whom will
    have a different side of the issue. (i.e affirmative and negative.)
  2. Each team should be respectful, polite, and professional to their opponents.
  3. Debaters are not allowed to interrupt each other.
  4. Teams will be provided with their topics, including whether they will be affirmative or
    negative, right after they register (submit their applications).
    Recommended steps to follow:
    ● First, do your research. The more you know about the topic, the stronger your
    arguments will be.
    ● Then prepare your arguments. Be clear and concise. Your arguments should be easy
    to understand and follow.
    ● Use evidence to support your arguments. This will make your arguments more
    Tips for writing a strong rebuttal
    ● Don’t just wait for your turn to speak but listen carefully to the other team’s
    arguments. Pay attention to what they are saying, and take notes so that you can
    remember their arguments.
    ● Identify the key points of their arguments. What are the main points that they are
    trying to make? What evidence are they using to support their claims?
    ● Think about how you can refute their arguments. Can you find flaws in their logic?
    Can you provide evidence that contradicts their claims?
    ● Be clear and concise. Don’t ramble on. Get to the point quickly and clearly.
    ● Be persuasive. Use evidence and logic to convince the audience that your arguments
    are stronger than the other team’s.
  5. There will be a moderator who will run each debate.
    Responsibilities of the moderator:
    ● Introducing the debaters and the topic of the debate.
    ● Setting the ground rules for the debate.
    ● Ensuring that each debater has equal time to speak.
    ● Keeping the debate on track.
    ● Intervening if the debate gets heated or off-topic.
  6. The affirmative team starts the debate and continues as follows:
    a. affirmative student 1 vs negative student 1
    b. affirmative student 2 vs negative student 2
    c. affirmative student 3 vs negative student 3

● The affirmative team is the team that agrees with the topic of the debate. The
negative team is the team that disagrees with the topic of the debate.

Remember: In debating, we may need to advocate for a position that we disagree with.
It is essential to be able to argue for any position, regardless of our own beliefs.
The positive side of this is that it gives us the chance to understand a viewpoint that is
different from our own.

  1. Duties of the Speakers:
    All debaters/speakers must begin with greetings “Günaydın/İyi günler Sayın Başkan, Jüri
    üyeleri ve Dinleyiciler”
    The first speaker on a team is responsible for introducing the team members, the motion,
    and setting out the team’s case. Additionally, they will state the arguments by showing
    evidence and finalize the speech with a brief summary.
    The second speaker is responsible for rebutting the opposition’s arguments. This involves
    pointing out the weaknesses in the opposition’s arguments and explaining why the team’s
    arguments are stronger.
    The third speaker is responsible for summarizing the team’s case and rebutting the
    opposition’s strongest arguments. No new arguments will be stated.
  2. Reading from the Cue cards:
    Debaters are allowed to read from notes as long as they do so in a way that is natural and
    Some tips for reading from notes in a debate:
    ● Use brief notes that are easy to read and follow.
    ● Practice reading from your notes so that you can do it smoothly and naturally.
    ● Make eye contact with the audience as you read from your notes.
    ● Don’t read your notes word-for-word. Instead, use your notes to help you remember
    your arguments and to keep your speech on track.
  3. Room Layout


  1. The main purpose of this competition is to
    ❖ help students get prepared for the VCE/HSC Turkish Oral Exam.
    ❖ help students learn how to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely to an
    ❖ help students improve their public speaking skills, building their confidence, and
    developing new skills and knowledge.
  2. The competition will be held in Melbourne on the 17th November 2023.
  3. The competition is open to Turkish native students of Year 9 to Year 12 from AUF affiliated
  4. Dress code: Students need to be wearing their full school uniform.
  5. Schools can have as many contestants as possible.
  6. The contest will not be open to the public audience or to the other students so as not to
    stress the contestant out.
  7. Applications must be submitted by Turkish Language Teachers online through the link below
    by Wednesday 1st November:

Agreed Conditions

  1. Speeches should be prepared beforehand. The prepared speech can be on any subject
    chosen by the contestant approved by their Turkish language teachers.
  2. The student who gets the highest score will be the winner.
  3. Contestants are not allowed to use any props or external aids such as PowerPoint
    presentations during their speeches. They are encouraged to speak from palm cards,
    although judges are often more impressed by speakers who do not use any notes.
  4. Contestants must prepare original speeches. The reference to any quotations and sources
    used in the speech must be cited during the delivery of the speech. Plagiarism will lead to
    immediate disqualification.
  5. The speaking time for the prepared speech is 7 minutes with a warning bell at 5 minutes,
    two bells at 6 minutes and a continuous bell at 7 minutes. Note that speakers are expected
    to finish at or just beyond the official speaking time, and it will be considered poor timing to
    reach the continuous bell.
  6. A lectern should not be used at any level of the competition.

The contestant who comes first will get $150
The contestant who comes second will get $100
The contestant who comes third will get $50