Debating and Public Speaking Resources

Resources for debating and public speaking

Professional Learning eResources

All speaking competition professional learning resources can be found on the Arts Unit Digital Engagement webpage (Speaking Competitions).

    Art Bites - informative videos

    We've got heaps of short videos available that are full of advice for students of all abilities. 'Debate Club' videos are straightforward workshops on different skills and aspects of debating, and while they're grouped for either primary or secondary debating most of the 18 videos will be useful to any age group.

    'Defining Moment' videos are again grouped for primary or secondary debaters, with each of the 18 videos working through the set-up for a popular 2019 debating topic. Finally, the 'Stop Rebutting Yourself!' series features our most experienced adjudicators looking back at a speech from the days at school and talking about how it might have improved before rebutting themselves. View the videos by categories (below) or view all debating and public speaking Art Bite videos here.

    Creative Classes - interactive lessons

    These Creative Classes turn the above Art Bites into step-by-step interactive lessons that you can complete with your students or set as tasks for your students to complete themselves. You can use these lessons on an interactive whiteboard, computer, tablet or smartphone. The Creative Class websites work best in the Google Chrome internet browser.

    Creative Classes for primary (Years 5 to 6) and junior (Years 7 to 8) debaters:

    Public speaking Creative Classes:

    Creative Teachers – teacher resources

    Creative Teacher websites are comprehensive and interactive resources for NSW teachers involved in debating and public speaking. These websites work best in the Google Chrome internet browser. We are developing Creative Teachers resources in the following areas:

    • Coaching primary debating
    • Coaching secondary debating (coming soon!)
    • Teaching and coordinating public speaking (coming soon!)

    Creative Teachers websites utilise the above Art Bites and Creative Classes in addition to providing you with a number of other valuable resources e.g. printable activities, host teacher checklists, example rubrics and templates.

      Debating and public speaking finals 

      You can view videos of recent state finals by heading to the relevant competition page on our website.

      You can also explore the entire collection of public speaking finals or you can watch the complete set of debating finals to date.

        Taking The Initiative

        Useful information about the conduct and adjudication of debating and public speaking activities for teachers and students. 

        Taking The Initiative: A Guide to Debating and Public Speaking (PDF 678 KB) 

        Microsoft Word version (DOC 838 KB)

        Public Speaking is for Everyone

        About Public Speaking (PDF 816 KB)

        Microsoft Word version (DOC 672KB)