English Language GCSE: Taking part in a debate

Two teenage students, Munnever and Tionne, take up the challenge of debating in front of a live audience for the first time.

With experts tips from an experienced lawyer, they are taught about the importance of rhetoric and confidence before taking the stand to defend their arguments.

After a nerve-wracking experience, the barrister gives them feedback before Labrinth catches up with them to find out how the experience has helped them gain confidence.

This short film is from the BBC series, Labrinth's Speak Out.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to help students build self-confidence by participating in debates and public speaking.

Tips are given on how to become a successful public speaker and how to conduct a successful debate.

This could also be useful as careers advice for students interested in a career in politics or law.

Curriculum Notes

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.