Since 2013, the ESU Spain has partnered with the Consejería de Juventud, Educación y Deporte de la Comunidad de Madrid to bring expert training in public speaking and debate to participating schools in the Bilingual Project of the Subdirección General de Innovación, Calidad y Enseñanza.

Expertly trained ESU Mentors arrive at participating schools and work directly with secondary school teachers, helping them to incorporate debate and public speaking techniques into their previously established curriculums. Teachers learn how to encourage integrated skills development in their classroom, thereby reinforcing the students’ understanding of and interest in course material.

From the very first day, students engage in variety of activities that are designed specifically to develop public speaking and debate skills while boosting overall self-esteem and confidence. Our intensive workshops focus on developing presentation abilities, debate structures strategies, speech writing, use of logic and reasoning, and critical understanding of normative issues that are relevant to the lives of today’s Spanish teens. Students learn to participate in lively, spirited yet respectful conversations that bring subject matter out of the classroom and into a real-world context.

Team Spain WSDC 2015 Singapore

The CAM program culminates in the Annual Madrid Schools Debate and Public Speaking Competition.  All participating schools send a team to compete in a preliminary round of semifinals.  The top six competing teams pass to the concluding Grand Final, held at the distinguished and historic Ateneo de Madrid. The Grand Final consists in equal parts of debate and public speaking, in which one team is awarded as “Best Debate Team” and one individual speaker is awarded as “Best Public Speaker”. Awardees of the CAM Tournament have gone on to participate at global tournaments, including the International Public Speaking Competition in London and the World Schools Debate Championship 2015 in Singapore.