Multi-Language Beijing Debate Tournament Slated for December

The fourth annual event to offer competition in Mandarin, English and moot court divisions

Online PR News – 27-October-2009 – – Every year, the International Debate Education Association partners with Beijing Foreign Studies University to present an incredible experience in culture and debate. This fourth annual international university tournament featuring English, Mandarin and moot court divisions takes place December 11-13, 2009, at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

The event offers a unique chance for Mandarin and English speakers to discuss controversial issues from diverse perspectives. “I expected debating in another country to feel very foreign and unfamiliar, but I was surprised by the extent to which the Chinese debaters thought about many issues like I did. At the same time, the debate about [a censored topic] showed how differently U.S. and Chinese students approach certain contentious issues," commented a previous English debater.

The format of the tournament is four-team (worlds style) parliamentary debate. Training for judges and debaters will be available immediately before the tournament.

To register or to learn more about the free tournament, visit

About the International Debate Education Association

IDEA inspires young people to claim a role in the democratic process, and invites students from different religious and ethnic backgrounds to debate pressing global problems. Through debate, young people develop the tools of civic involvement: leadership, advocacy and a command of complex and controversial issues. IDEA targets countries with histories of genocide, war, or oppression. IDEA works in the former Yugoslavia, Uganda, China and more than 50 other countries around the world.

IDEA's website,, provides a treasury of free educational materials to students and teachers around the world. Idebate Press publishes a semi-annual magazine, an academic journal, and books on teaching and learning debate. Proceeds from the press support IDEA’s work.

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