Tilbury during the winter break

Lectures and exams are over, Karneval is soon about to be celebrated.
However Tilbury House will continue Tuesday debates and Thrusday workshops during the winter break.

For all of you wanting to try out debating for their first time, we gladly invite you to our weekly sessions. Whether you want to improve your English skills or your style of speech, newcomers are always welcome, and, of course, get an introduction from us.

All sessions, Tuesday debates and workshops on Thursdays, will start 7.30 pm.
During the winter break we will switch our rooms though! You can find us in Hörsaal XIa/b in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.


You can find it easily; If you enter the mainentrance of the Hauptgebäude, you keep walking on the left side. Then you turn left again, and pass a big glass door. You continue walking straight until you see stairs leading upwards on your left side. Follow the direction of the stairs. The room on the left side will be the one in which you can find us.
If you have troubles finding us, please contact us on the website or on facebook. We like to be of help!

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Valentine’s workshop

Soon the exam period will end, and more free time will be on your hand.
For all of those who find themselves without plans on 14th February, Tilbury House offers another workshop held by Helena Hecke.
This time the workshop will tackle a specific type of motion, and explain the principles, strategies and arguments around that motion. The prepartion for specific tpes of motion will add specific knowledge about topics you my not even be aware of them being debatable. What kind of motion? Hint, it’s very much related to the date the workshop is held.

Meet us, February 14th 019, at 19.30, in Hörsaal XIa in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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Workshop – Preparing a debate

The essential key to debating is using the prep time before a debate. No matter how much or little one knows about a debated topic, prep time will give you some moments to prepare yourself and your partner.
15 Minutes prep time don’t seem a lot but Helena Hecke will teach you 31st Jauary 2019, in Hörsaal XIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University to Cologne, how to make the most out of your time.

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Workshop – arguing Feminism, and other Social activism

In debating motions about poltics and contemporary events aren’t rare. As for some these topics might be a great opportunity to argue topics they care about, an equal amount of debaters, especially newcomers, may feel insecure of what’s legitimate to say, or where to start talking about complex movements in our contemporary society.

Fear not!
This evening Helena Hecke will teach you the basics of arguing social actism themed debates. These topics seem loaded. By learning about the history about social movemements and the theory of sensible argumentation you will gain more security in debating seemingly delicate topics.

We welcome you to the workshop at Thursday, 10th January 2019 19.30, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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End of the Year 2018 & new debates in 2019

For this year, Tilbury House has been busy!
In March 2018 we organized, after one year break, the Tilbury IV again. Only 6 months afterwards, we organized Tilbury Open, now to invite debaters outside of university.

Through the year we were present at tournaments in the Netherlands, Lund, and in Paris but for the last semester we were proud to send many of our newcomers to Leiden Novice.
A particular success were Ruben Dillmann and Helena Hecke breaking twice this fall. First at our own Tilbury Open 2018, and then at UCU Open.

Further, Helena Hecke organized Thursday evening workshops again. In these she explains the basics of debating and clever strategies, as well as helping out with individual questions and training.

We will be glad to welcome old and new memebers alike in 2019!
The debates will start again on 8th January 2019.
As usual in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, at 19.30pm.

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Winterfinal is coming

The end of November brings the beginning of the Christmas season for most. For Tilbury House it brings the beginning of our annual Winter final!

The Annual Winter Final is a small tournament within Tilbury House.
Over the course of five weeks we invite every memeber of Tilbury House, old or new, to join every Tuesday for a new round. During these five rounds you and your partner will get to debate exciting motions. You’ll gain a little look in the workings of a debating tournaments, and Tilbury House will accompany you with advice, and experience.
The four winners of the competition will speak at the big final, the 18th January.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, we will start with the first round of the Winterfinal.
Everybody’s invited to compete, and, of course, to enjoy the debates.

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Tilbury wants you!

Do you want to improve your speeches?
Do you want to improve your English speaking skills?
Do you want to improve your argumentation?
Or all three at the same time?

For every debater in Cologne and those who want to try out debating, Tilbury House welcomes everyone to our Newcomer Day!
Although everyone can join us on every Tuesday they like, this Newcomer Day is for every Newcomer getting a wholesome introduction into debating and argumentation. On this evening we will give you the time getting know us, and us to answer your all questions you might have about debating.

Then meet us Tuesday, 13th November 2018, Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, at 7.30 pm!

In case you have any questions, you’re equally welcome to contact us on Facebook, or on this website.

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