Debate en Español

About the program

The Debate en Español division exists throughout the program year alongside our English policy debate division. Debate en Español and English-speaking debaters compete at the same tournaments, scrimmages, Debate Academies, and other BDL programming. At tournaments, the Debate en Español debate rounds occur fully in Spanish, including the judging.

The Debate en Español debaters and coaches engage in other community and corporate events, including the annual Celebrando Cuestra Comunidad event, and corporate events that highlight the value of the Spanish language within the professional world. Debate en Espanol Goals.

1. Foster opportunities for students to engage in critical discourse and complex ideas in Spanish within BDL programming. 

2. Build the debate skills of native Spanish speakers in their L1 (first language) from a Novice to a Varsity debate level. 

3. Provide an inclusive, joyful community that centers and celebrates Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures.

“So much is discouraging right now, but you make me feel like I’m still a teacher engaging students in real learning conversations. I can’t tell you what that means to me.”

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