Verbattle
Registrations for Verbattle Junior Plus National 2022 Online Debate Competition tentatively scheduled from 14th - 18th November 2022 are open. We invite active participation of Schools from across India. Teachers Verbattle has witnessed sparkling debates between enthusiastic teachers followed by highly informative thought provoking discussions with judges and Founder Chief of Verbattle. Participant schools are Sainik School - Kodagu Gopalan International School, Dev In Academy for Learning, Vidyashilp Academy, Shanthinikethana School, School of India, DPS- Electronic City, DPS-North, DPS-East, DPS-West, Orchids The International School-Panathur, Orchids The International School-Vijayanagar, Orchids The International School- Mysore Road, Orchids The International School- Kadugodi and Orchids The International School-Tumkur. Verbattle Kannada 2022 - Team Prateeksha T Bhat & Shreyas S Hegde from Chandana English Medium School, Sirsi emerged as the winning team. Team Anoop B V & Noshitha C from Anantha Vidyanikethan School, Bengaluru and Team Anirudhh Kiran Bhat & Shravana Srinidhi Mangaluru from Chandana English Medium School, Sirsi stood as finalist teams. Verbattle Beginner 2022 - Team Pia Vijay Hege & Tashi Prem from Vidyashilp Academy emerged as the winning team. Team Sahana Murali & Jyothsna Ramanathan and Team Ekansh Sharma & Akul Eshwar Nidagundi, both from Vidyashilp Academy stood as finalist teams. Verbattle Junior 2022 - Team Ayman Ahmed & Aadya Kanchan from Vidyashilp Academy, Bangalore emerged as the winning team. Team Durga V Kalburgi & Aditi R Gandmali from Chinmaya English Primary School Hubballi and Team S B Vyshnavi & Leesa Rose Sanju from Delhi Public School - North, Bangalore stood as finalist teams. Schools associated in Verbattle Karnataka 2022 - Amar Jyothi English School, Anantha Vidyanikethan, BGS International Residential School, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Mysore, BNM State School, Chandana English Medium School – Narebail Sirsi, Chetan Public School - Hubballi, Chinmaya English Primary School (CBSE) - Hubballi, Chinmaya Vidyalaya (State) - Hubballi, Delhi Public School - East, Delhi Public School - Electronic City, Delhi Public School -Mysore, Delhi Public School - North, Delhi Public School - South, Dev In Academy for learning, Edify School, Euro School - North, Kensri School, KLE Society's English Meidum School - Manjunathnagar, Hubballi, KLS High School - Belagai, Lawrence High School, Mitra Academy, Nagarjuna Vidya Niketana, National Public School - Koramangala, National Public School - Yeshawanthapur, Nirmala Rani High School,Oriental Public School - Hubballi, Rashtriya Military School - Belagavi, Royale Concorde International - Kalyannagar, Royale Concorde Inernational - Bellandur, RVS International - Dharwad, Sacred Heart English Medium School - Hubballi, Sanskkar English Medium School - Hubballi, School of India, Sindhi High School -KK Road Sindhi High School - Hebbal, Shishugriha Montessori & High School, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir - South, S S M Public School, St.Antony's Public School - Hubballi, St. Paul's School, Vijayanagar, Sudarshan Vidya Mandir (CBSE), Sudarshan Vidya Mandir (ICSE), The Deens Academy - ECC, The Deens Academy - Gunjur, The HDFC School , Triveni Public School, Vidyaniketan Public School - Ullal, Vidyanjali Academy for Learning, Vidyamandir CBSE - Kalaburgi, Vidyashilp Academy, Vyasa International School

faq's

  1. First of all, you need to know that Verbattle is a unique and difficult competition. You cannot win with your arguments alone. There are many other contributing factors, most importantly, the way you argue, your language, your conduct on stage, and the way the audience and the judges see you. If you think a good argument alone can make you win, then you are wrong.

  2. All said and done, Verbattle is about debate, so arguments are the most important parts of the competition. You need to argue well, for which you need to prepare your argument well with your teammate. You cannot win without arguing well.

  3. No. It is also about arguing by taking into consideration your opponent's views. In Verbattle debates, you may have either one team against your statement and one arguing for the statement along with you, or two teams arguing against you. Even if you have just one team against you, you need to also tackle the team that is arguing on your side of the argument. So you need to take the other two teams’ arguments into consideration and plan your argument. So, it is not just about standing and arguing for your side and your point of view.

  4. That is totally up to you. That is your choice, but a healthy mix of your own arguments and some rebuttal and reference to others' arguments may draw the attention of the audience and the judges.

  5. We don't know who can speak perfect English. Decent English is acceptable. We also know that some participants come from second language English backgrounds. This is not an English language test. But the participants’ English cannot be laughable. Some mistakes here and there, either as slip of the tongue or careless, are overlooked by the judges.

  6. Good humour is appreciable and can pep up the argument. But humour that is indecent, crude or objectionable would immediately result in poor results at the judges' desk. Some humour is ok.

  7. You could consider avoiding repeating lines, stopping in between your argument, getting into a private talk with your teammate in-between your argument, being loud, looking at one point all through the speech, low volume, cutting the opponents while they speak, and forgetting your points.

  8. There is no one book that you can read or no one person you can talk to to win in Verbattle. It is just you and your teammate. You need to read many books and newspapers, make notes, watch news, talk to people, and cultivate the art of remembering the right things at the right time. These are more essential than just reading a lot. A wide range of knowledge can attract the audience as well as the judges’ interest.

  9. The unpardonable mistakes are the errors with facts and figures, statistics and names. Attributing a quote to a wrong person, giving wrong data, getting names wrong and saying erroneous things will undoubtedly result in poor marks.

  10. We call judges from all walks of life. We want real people who have lived a life in public space either as leaders, managers of people, or successful professionals or entrepreneurs. We also call academicians, and sometimes, debate and language specialists, too. Our purpose is to make Verbattle as realistic and current as possible. Verbattle debates deal with real issues and we want the opinion of real people in the real world to judge it.

  11. Judges are selected on the basis of the following points. They should…

    • Be unbiased in their approach
    • Not be associated with any educational institution
    • Not have any bad remark in their career
    • Be sensitive and tolerant
    • Like Verbattle and debates
    • Be patient listeners
    • Not get easily swayed by appeals or emotions

    They are given an orientation before they set out to judge the competition. They are also given a letter from the founder, spelling out what is expected of them and how they are required to judge (the letter is available on the website).

    Judges are expected to mark subjectively, as per their wish. There are no actual measurements. The marks are based on general human evaluation response.

    • Understanding of the statement
    • Knowledge of the subject
    • Language ability
    • Diction, accent, pronunciation
    • Clarity, expression
    • Voice, body language
    • Attire, appearance
    • Public speaking skills
    • Appeal, presentation
    • Logic, style of presentation
    • Points, examples, statistics, information
    • Preparation
    • Time management
    • Structure of the argument, establishment of the argument
    • Team conduct, co-ordination
    • Performance
    • Constitution
  12. Even one mark can make you lose. Verbattle as an organisation does not get involved in the marking process. If Verbattle finds disparity and glaring vagrancies in a judge’s evaluation, then the judge is asked to consider revaluation. Ultimately, it is about what the judges felt about the debate, and not what the participant or the team felt about it.

  13. We have noticed that simple, down-to-earth participants with good knowledge and better arguments win. As we have observed, judges tend to mark down ,students who show off and appear audacious. A sincere, well-thought-out and well-prepared argument is always a better bet.

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