Debating in Tampere

Debate evenings every Tuesday, 5pm.

What is debating like?

Our debates don't turn into shouting contests due to...

Format

Everyone has a clearly defined role, the same amount of speaking time and obeys the same set of rules. Don’t worry! We will teach the format to every newcomer. It is easy to learn!

Rationality

You can claim whatever you want but at the end of the day your arguments have to be supported by reason and evidence. Learn to defend your points and beware of fallacies!

Neutrality

You don’t get to choose which side you are on so it never gets personal. The sides are randomly drawn. You’ll also get to challenge your own beliefs!

Why should I debate?

For starters, you'll learn...

Argumentation
skills

Debating is largely about developing arguments that are stronger than the arguments of the other side of the debate.

Public speaking
skills

It’s not just the quality of the argument, it’s also the delivery, i.e. being able to present your argument in an understandable way.

Communication
skills

There is a possibility to ask questions during a speech and the speeches themselves should always relate to the other speeches of the debate.

Language
skills

The language of debating is English, which for most of us is not the first language.

Critical thinking
skills

People will often have to debate against their own personal opinions.

Fast thinking
skills

The preparation time for the debate is very short, only 15 minutes, and one might be asked unexpected questions during the debate.

Still not convinced?

You'll also:

Meet new
people

The one place where Finnish people aren’t afraid of talking to strangers!

Make new
friends

You get the chance to meet a lot of like-minded people in our events!

See new
cultures

Debating is very popular among exchange students and other English-speakers!

Join now! (No credit card required)

That's right, you can just walk in and try it. When you get hooked, the membership is only five euros for a full year!