Weston College Students find their voices at annual Debating Event

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By YouPR at 11:30 on 28/02/14

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Weston College students tested their linguistic skills at the 'Find Your Voice' Debating Society event supported by the English Speaking Union (ESU). (Feb 26th)

Nearly 50 business students aged 16 – 18 signed up for the all-day conversing challenge held at the Hans Price Conference Centre, next to the Knightstone Campus.

College Technology and Library Services Team Leader, Jon Hofgartner, said: "This is our second debating event and part of curriculum enrichment for students.

"This year there was a focus on business and one of the debates was about gender equality in company management and what should be done to redress it.

"The students transformed in confidence over the day and it was a complete success so we aim to expand the event next year.

"It was fantastic to have the ESU's support and that of our graduate interns, Alice Bingham and Katherine Cutlan."

Level 3 Business student Dafydd Talbot, 18, of Old Park Road, Clevedon, added: "This was the first time I've debated and we didn't have any time to plan.

"The ESU mentors were really helpful about preparing strategies, arguments, backing with facts and using figures. I really enjoyed it and it's a worthwhile skill for life."

The ESU, which provided three mentors, is a global education charity which brings together people of different languages and cultures to build up communications skills and confidence.

The Debating Society was launched last year by LibraryPlus workers Amy Palmer and Sarah Hollow.

Weston College opened LibraryPlus on the Knightstone Campus in 2011. The unique 21st Century learning facility cost nearly £500,000 with state-of-the art facilities.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

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