MFL Debating Competition

7th March 2023

On Wednesday 1st March Mrs Lister, Mrs Bullough and Miss Ebner travelled with four A Level students of Modern Foreign Languages to take part in an MFL Debating Competition hosted by St Peter’s School in York. 

Ava Dunn and Janik Peeters represented Wakefield Girls’ and QEGS in German and Katie Scollick and Sheron Hameleshanar represented the schools in French. The teams were given three motions to prepare one month ahead of the debates, which are linked to their A Level studies, namely ‘Digital technologies improve our lives’, ‘Travel abroad does more harm than good’ and for the semi-final, ‘It should be obligatory to learn a foreign language until the age of 18’. The students prepared arguments for and against the motions, and a coin-toss on the day decided whether they would be arguing in favour or against. 

The competition from the other schools was fierce, but our students showed great resilience and grit. They worked together to put forth their arguments and challenge their opponents’ views using their language skills. Although they were not successful in reaching the final rounds, they learnt a lot from the experience and are keen to try again next year! Bravo!

Mrs E Lister

Acting Head of MFL

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