Application for 2008 JPDU Spring Seminar Trainer

JPDU, in cooperation with Free Debate Inc., is seeking Australian debating coaches to attend the 2008 Spring Seminar in Tokyo, from 29 February Ð 2 March 2008. Japan Parliamentary Debate Union (JPDU) is a student-run organization that coordinates events for the advancement of Japanese debaters. It represents debating clubs from 40 universities. For the past five years JPDU has been inviting Australian debaters to Japan to train Japanese debaters at the JPDU Spring Seminar. The Australia-Japan Debaters Spring Seminar is supported by the Australian Commonwealth Government through the Australian-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Free Debate will be selecting coaches in consultation with JPDU. If you are an Australian debater and would like to be considered for a place on the 2008 training team, please provide a brief debating CV and a separate statement addressing the criteria set out below. This statement should be no longer than two pages. Please also provide a one page lesson plan as referred to in criterion [3]. All responses should be sent to with the subject line ÒJPDU Spring Seminar ApplicationÓ. Responses must be submitted no later than 28 January 2008. Please note that selection is open to but not limited to members of Free Debate Inc. If you have any questions about the Spring Seminar, please email JPDU representative Toshiaki Ikehara at Selection criteria [1] Significant training experience, preferably including experience training ESL speakers. [2] A strong record in debating and/or adjudicating at an international level. [3] The ability and capacity to develop a high quality, replicable training program (including a training plan and supporting materials). In addition to providing evidence of your relevant experience, please provide a one page plan summarising how you would run the JPDU training. [4] Proven interpersonal and team-work skills. [5] A commitment to encouraging and supporting a wide variety of people to debate, including the ability and capacity to develop ways to extend the reach of ESL debating training.