Training at DKWien

There is only one thing that makes you a better debater. Training. This the reason why we take training seriously at DKWien.

At DKWien, you have the choice to come and debate either on Mondays at 7pm or Wednesdays at 7pm at WU Wien. We are currently trying to make sure that debates in both languages (German & English) are available to participate in, but Mondays will lay focus on German whereas Wednesday will lay focus on English.

Yearly calendar:
We start the debating season in October and provide 4-5 weeks of a beginner’s training, called Fresher’s Training. We often culminate these weeks into a tournament for Fresher’s to participate in. After this, we resume to normal debates on Mondays and Wednesdays without beginners lectures. The remaining part of the year has debates on Mondays and Wednesday and provides an opportunity for you to participate in the Intermediate Trainings, where you can develop your debating skills further.

English Training Sessions

Wednesday Sessions are our main training sessions in the week. They continue throughout the year, even in vacation time. Check the calendar in the left sidebar for the next upcoming session.

Wednesday Sessions usually abide by the following schedule:

19:00 Weekly Debate

A debate normally lasts for an hour, afterwards there will be feedback provided by our adjudicators. DKWien judges break regularly at competitions across Europe, and will give you feedback so that you can enhance your debating skills.

afterwards: social/beer

Intermediate Trainings take place only irregularly during term time (please check the calendar). Each of these sessions has a specific focus (most often an interactive workshop that teaches you certain aspect of debate).

Extra Trainings are sometimes held by external lecturers or more experienced internal debaters who are knowledgable on a specific topic. We often also have extra debates right before big tournaments such as EUDC or WUDC.

Training Focus

Training at DKWien focusses on two main fields:

Fresher’s Training (October/early November, Introductions throughout the year) shall give debaters who are new to DKWien the basic skills for debating – which are also quite useful everywhere else. As a beginner you first learn the following things in our training sessions:

  1. First speeches: Structuring  a speech and speaking in front of an audience
  2. Identifying clashes: What is the debate about?
  3. Argumentative thinking: Developing relevant arguments on a set topic
  4. Making arguments persuasive: Basic analysis

Intermediate Training (throughout the year) shall provide extra insights to excel at tournaments. High-quality debates require a vast set of intellectual skills, a sharp mind as well as a very profound understanding of logical argumentation. Some of the areas in the focus of our Pro-Training are:

  1. Argumentation advanced: Logical thinking and sophistication in analysis
  2. Making arguments persuasive: Framing and case-building
  3. Deconstruction of arguments: Tackling POI’s and rebuttal exercises
  4. Knowledge base: Overviews and details on important issues in IR, economics, social policy, current affairs
  5. Understanding controversies: Adjudication and clashes

Training Competence

At DKWien you can learn debating from the People who are really good at it. Not only have some of our members broken at major competitions across Europe, like the European Championships, the Cambridge and SOAS IV’s; we also have Skype training sessions and workshops with some of the best debaters of the planet (some of them were recorded and can be checked out on our Resources Page). Moreover, our teams regularly travel to international tournaments were they learn from other teams and gain the experience that guarantees the high standard of our training debates.


Training is a members’ resource. To stay on top of the training schedule come regularly, check the wiki and join the members’ group on  facebook – all the links you need for that can be found on the Members’ Page.


for any questions, concerns, ideas regarding training contact our Board Members, at

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