English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Middle School Debate 2018-2019

Garden State Debate League

Welcome to the
Garden State Debate League! 

2018-2019 School Year

tournament Dates:  
  • October 20, 2018 at Stone Bridge Middle School
  • December 8, 2018 at Broad Street School
  • February 9, 2019 at Cedar Hill Prep
  • March 30, 2019 at William Annin Middle School
  • April 13, 2019:  Championship Tournament at Stone Bridge Middle School
Debate Topics, February 9, 2019:  
  1. Ban the sale of E-cigarettes.
  2. The US should not sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.
  3. College athletes should be paid.
  4. Tracking apps cause more harm than good.

Teaching debate and argumentation workshop - NJEA endorsed

CANCELLED: November 30, 2018 - 8:30 to 2:30

Sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and Endorsed by the NJEA

Attendees will receive six professional development contact hours (NJEA and CTLE).


Stone Bridge Middle School
1252 Yardville Allentown Road
Allentown, New Jersey 08501

Fee: $25.00

Deadline to Register: November 19, 2018.

For information, contact Carol Losos at 212-818-1200 or closos@esuus.org.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States invites teachers of students in Grades 5-8 to attend Teaching Debate and Argumentation on Nov. 30.

Debate is a cornerstone of 21st-century literacy. It requires research, analysis, reasoning and evidence. It actively engages young adolescents in critical and complex thinking about both historical and current events.

During the workshop, educators learn how to teach argumentation and refutation, the foundations of debate and skills equally applicable to writing. Workshop leaders include Carol Losos, the director of Education at The English-Speaking Union; Dee Burek, a teacher at Stone Bridge Middle School and president of the Garden State Debate League; and Martin Tansey, a teacher at Barkalow Middle School and president of the Jersey Shore Debate League.

The cost is $25 to attend this one-day workshop. You will receive a certificate for six contact hours at the end of the day. For information, contact Carol Losos at 212-818-1200 or closos@esuus.org. 

You may register HERE 

The registration deadline is Nov. 19.

JUDGE Training:


For more information or to register, contact debate@esuus.org

Participating Schools:
  • Bridgeton Middle School (Bridgeton)
  • Cedar Hill Prep School (Somerset) 
  • The Hun School (Princeton)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Hamilton)
  • Stone Bridge Middle School (Allentown)
  • The Wilberforce School (Princeton)
  • William Annin Middle School (Basking Ridge)
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School (Somerset)