All public or private institutes and schools which have been enrolled before February 28th, 2020 can participate in the Senior Students Debate. The levels that may participate are 3rd and 4th of E.S.O.  Anglophones or volunteer students cannot participate in the debate.


Each participating center will select 3 students who will have to debate in English about the topics that will be on a list uploaded to the Festival's website.  The topic, as well as the position to defend (for or against), will be chosen by draw before the debate and it will be public.

The students will not be able to bring notes made beforehand, or dictionaries of any kind and they cannot use mobile phones. However, they can bring blank sheets and pens to write down what they want in order to prepare their intervention.


The debate time will be of a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 8 and a microphone system will be used. All the members of the team must participate at some point throughout the debate. Although it is not necessary to respect an established order, the person who has the appropriate answer can intervene. However, if a member of the group does not intervene, points will be lost.


There will be a moderator of the debate that will make the draw.  This person will have the function of intervening if the word turns are not respected, and will energize the conversation if necessary.


The debate will have eliminatory phases. The number of these phases will depend on the number of students enrolled. The organization has the right to modify the final format after closing the enrollment period.


Preparation: It is important for the teaching staff to work on the argument as well as the linguistic competence and pronunciation. The jury will award points to the contributions of ideas, for-and-against arguments that each topic may suggest.

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The debate themes as decided upon by the Tortosa Irish English Festival shall be the following:


·       Students should have daily housework tasks at home.

·       Governments should put a “sugar tax” on certain products like fizzy drinks.

·       There should be no time-change within European Countries.

·       The government must give incentives to encourage measures to prevent climate change.

·       Graffiti on public buildings and transport should be allowed.

·       Mobile phone should not be permitted in schools.

·       Excessive packaging of food products should be legislated.

·       The government should pay for all university education.

·       Social media comments should be protected by free speech.

·       Governments should be allowed to monitor social media activity.

·       Single-sex schools are more effective than mixed schools.

·       Security cameras are an invasion of our privacy.

·       Teenagers should start school one hour later so as to improve academic performance.

·       All films and series should be shown in their original language and not dubbed.

·       Buying locally grown products will help prevent co2 emissions.

·       Glass containers are better than aluminium or plastic.

·       Becoming vegan is impossible in our consumer society.

·       Being a vegetarian causes more problems for society than we think.

·       Cars should be banned from city centres.





The debates are open to the public and they can be recorded.  They will take place on Friday March 13th,, 2020  at 10 am in the morning in the assembly hall of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in the Terres de l’Ebre campus.

The jury will be made up of representatives of Swansea University, Wales and of  the T.I.E.F.





The final verdict will be published once the jury has deliberated at the end of the final debate.  The prizes however, will be awarded during the closing ceremony which will be held on Sunday March 15th, 2020.