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The World is
Coming to Canada

The world’s best student debaters and public speakers are coming to Canada for the first time in history.

Branksome Hall is proud to host the 31st World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 11 to 17, 2019.  

More than 125 high school debaters and public speakers from around the globe will compete in four challenging categories: debating, interpretive reading and impromptu speaking, as well as either after-dinner speaking or persuasive speaking.

Competitors will rank among the world’s very best student orators — having already proven themselves at local, regional, national and international tournaments. They’ll arrive in Toronto seeking the ultimate prize: the title of world champion.

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the worlds

The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students from around the globe.

The Worlds is represented by a diverse mix of public, private and independent high schools from a broad range of nations including Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, England, Germany, India, Israel, Lithuania, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, United States, and Zimbabwe.

The Worlds is an innovative multi-day tournament which requires students to interact and collaborate with like-minded peers from diverse cultural backgrounds and countries. Each participant must compete in four different events:  Debate, Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading, as well as either Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking.

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Click here to be taken to our online registration system.

Registration Fee: US$1,900
  • Included in registration fee:
  • Six nights’ accommodation (shared, double occupancy for students / private, single occupancy for coaches and chaperones) at the Toronto Mariott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
  • Most meals
  • Most activities and excursions — including a dinner at the CN Tower, half-day trip to Niagara Falls and student dance party
  • Airport transfers
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Preliminary Schedule

The 31st World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition will take place from April 11 to 17, 2019 on and around Branksome Hall’s downtown Toronto campus.

Please note that the following is a preliminary schedule provided to assist participating competitors, schools and national delegations with their preparations and is subject to change at the organizers’ discretion.

Thursday, April 11
  • 3:30 p.m.Registration Opens
    Tours of Branksome Hall campus and refreshments
  • 5:00 p.m.Opening Ceremony & Welcome Dinner
Friday, April 12
  • 7 a.m.Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.Judges & Competitors Briefing
  • 9 a.m.Interpretive Reading Round 1
  • 10:30 a.m.Break/Refreshments
  • 11:15 a.m.Impromptu Speaking Round 1
  • 12:30 p.m.Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m.Judges & Competitors Briefing
  • 1:30 p.m.After-Dinner/Persuasive Speaking Round 1
  • 3:30 p.m.Break/Refreshments
  • 4 p.m.Group Photos
  • At LeisureDinner*
Saturday, April 13
  • 7 a.m.Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.Competitors & Coaches Meeting
  • 9 a.m.After-Dinner/Persuasive Speaking Round 2
  • 10:30 a.m.Break/Refreshments
  • 11:15 a.m.Interpretive Reading Round 2
  • 12:30 p.m.Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m.Judges & Competitors Briefing
  • 1:30 p.m.Debate Round 1 Flight A
  • 3:00 p.m.Break/Refreshments
  • 3:15 p.m.Debate Round 1 Flight B
  • 5 p.m.Impromptu Speaking Round 2
  • 6:30 p.m.Depart for Dinner at CN Tower
  • 9:00 p.m.Return to Hotel
Sunday, April 14
  • 7 a.m.Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.Judges & Competitors Briefing
  • 9 a.m.Debate Round 2 Flight A
  • 10:15 a.m.Break/Refreshments
  • 10:30 a.m.Debate Round 2 Flight B
  • 12:00 p.m.Niagara Falls Outing
    (includes packed lunch on bus and dinner in Niagara Falls)
Monday, April 15
  • 8 a.m.Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m.Announcement of Finalists
  • 10 a.m.Debate Motions for Finals
  • 10:30 a.m.Finals
  • 1 p.m.Lunch
  • 2 p.m.Self-guided Explore Toronto (Part 1)*
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Worlds Annual General Meeting and Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner and Dance Party
Tuesday, April 16
  • 8 a.m.Breakfast & Announcement of Grand Finalists
  • 9:30 a.m.Self-guided Explore Toronto (Part 2)*
    (should include lunch* at participants’ leisure)
  • 12:30 p.m.
    (Event Sponsors & VIP Guests)
    Lunch at Hart House (University of Toronto)
  • 2 p.m.Grand Finals at Hart House (University of Toronto)
  • 6:30 p.m.Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 17
  • Based on Individual Travel PlansBreakfast* and Transfers to Airport

*Meal/Activity not included in registration fee

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