Adjudication – A Primer
Adjudicating British Parliamentary Style Debate
Points of Information
Be sure to mark down any point of information that is given, and whether it is taken
or declined. When taking notes, remember to jot down the point made. Also, you
should include enough information so that you can effectively recreate the response
after the debate, for each point of information. You may want to note who gave the
point, but this depends on you.
Argumentation and Lines of Argument
Information delivered during the speech should be material that the respective
teams use to build and develop argumentation and reasoning. In turn, you should be
noting down enough information to accurately recreate the line of thought that the
speaker has used to defend their position on the debate’s motion.
The way you note down information changes is different from person to person. You
may want to diagrammatically connect thoughts on paper (as long as you accurately
re-create the information presented earlier), or write out the full ideas.
Note-taking styles vary. Some adjudicators spend every second writing and
effectively transcribing the debate. While this is going to give you the most accurate
feedback once analysed, make sure you take some time to listen, and take note of
the style and the tone of the speaker. Some adjudicators take only few notes, and so
jot down the core arguments and indicative lines of argumentation.
Err on the safe side, and rather write too much than too little to start off with.
Remember that you aren’t going to do the reasoning yourself – rather, you want to
accurately evaluate the arguments, reasons - and sometimes words – used by the
Structure and Teamwork
Internal Structure of a Speaker
When being presented with the arguments for a whole side or just for a particular
speaker, the clearer and better structured the information presented is, the easier it
is to follow and understand the...