Reporter: Chen Jianfang, Correspondent: Cao Jiayan
“You will receive a letter telling you the date of your death when you grow up to 18 years old and the information in the letter is true, what will you do, open the letter or destroy this letter? “ This was the subject for the first Zhaoyang Enga Debate Open which was held in the library of Tongji Zhejiang College on June 3rd. All the participants started a fierce debate on this topic.
As it is said, this contest was all in English. 48 students from 24 teams from universities, such as Beijing University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai International studies University etc. took part in this contest in 2 days. They “argued” with topics of education, technology, law and politics. After 7 rounds of robin tournament, united team of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Hebei University won the champion, Shanghai International studies University won the second prize, and united team of Guangdong Medical University and Guilin Technology University won the third prize, while the united team of Beijing University and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology won the fourth prize.
“Participants in this contest were all given the topic at site. For example, in the final, debaters of high-level could prepare a wonderful debate in a very short moment.” Teacher Ms. Fang Xuyan told the journalist. One important target to cultivate a college student is to train the critical thinking skills of a student. Many curriculums focus on the knowledge’s passing, seldom giving the chance of helping students to master more current events and form own points of view. “ This contest is much more challenging with English debate.”