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					CM 227: Public Advocacy and Argumentation                                               Fendrich R. Clark


Debate Formats

Academic debate is the carrying-out of argumentation in a formal setting. Within the context of academic
debate there exist rules and procedures which govern how the argumentative process is to be conducted.
Some of these rules concern the format and sequence of speeches. Others concern the responsibilities of
each debater. The following details the format, sequence, and time allotments for two standard American
team debates—Oxford debate and Cross-examination (Oregon style) debate.

Oxford Debate format                             Host (time limits)     College Academic (time limits)
First Affirmative Constructive (1st AC) Speech          7 minutes               10 minutes
First Negative Constructive (1st NC) Speech             7 minutes               10 minutes
                                         nd
Second Affirmative Constructive (2 AC) Speech           7 minutes               10 minutes
                                nd
Second Negative Constructive (2 NC) Speech              7 minutes               10 minutes
Preparation time                                        6 minutes               10 minutes
First Negative Rebuttal (1st NR) Speech                 4 minutes               5 minutes
First Affirmative Rebuttal (1st AR) Speech              4 minutes               5 minutes
Second Negative Rebuttal (2nd NR) Speech                4 minutes               5 minutes
                               nd
Second Affirmative Rebuttal (2 AR) Speech               4 minutes               5 minutes
Total time                                              50 minutes              70 minutes


Cross-Examination (Oregon Style) Debate format          Host                    College Academic
 st
1 AC Speech                                             6 minutes               8 minutes
Cross-Examination of 1st AC by 2nd NC                   2 minutes               3 minutes
1st NC Speech                                           6 minutes               8 minutes
                       st           st
Cross-Examination of 1 NC by 1 AC                       2 minutes               3 minutes
 nd
2 AC Speech                                             6 minutes               8 minutes
Cross-Examination of 2nd AC by 1st NC                   2 minutes               3 minutes
2nd NC Speech                                           6 minutes               8 minutes
                       nd            nd
Cross-Examination of 2 NC by 2 AC                       2 minutes               3 minutes
Preparation time                                        6 minutes               10 minutes
1st NR Speech                                           3 minutes               5 minutes
 st
1 AR Speech                                             3 minutes               5 minutes
 nd
2 NR Speech                                             3 minutes               5 minutes
2nd AR Speech                                           3 minutes               5 minutes
Total time                                              50 minutes              74 minutes

				
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