Friday, March 1, 2013

WSDC 2013: Indonesia Still Best EFL Team After Tab Revisions

Complaints about the tabs for the English-as-Foreign-Language (EFL) and English-as-Second-Language (ESL) hit the organisers of the 2013 World Schols Debating Championships as soon as they were announced at the closing ceremony. The errors mostly involved speakers who were not properly registered as EFL or ESL. IndoDebate received the revisions a few weeks ago but chose to hold back until the official WSDC website upload them and waited further to ensure there would be no more changes. The good news is Indonesia is still the best EFL team of WSDC 2013.

Unfortunately, the best EFL speaker is no longer from Team Indonesia as the revised list is now topped by Dutch speaker Joris Broeders. The new position for SMA 4 Denpasar's Carrisa Tehputri is 4th on the EFL tab. Team mates Ida Ayu Pradnya Paramita, also from SMA 4 Denpasar, and Adeline Tiffanie, from SMA Kristen 1 Jakarta, are also on the top 20 EFL speaker list, ranked 8th and 18th, respectively. Click here for the EFL speaker list. The fourth member was Sayyid Habibullah from SMA 3 Pontianak. Team Indonesia won 4 of their 8 mandatory debates, placing them 22nd on the team tab. Only the top 16 teams could advance into the knockouts.

Chief Adjudicator Aaron Maniam has apologized for this mistake and promised he would write a letter of recommendation for these speakers if they need any for their university applications. Changes also hit the ESL list. The best speaker in that category shifted to Mexico's Diego Cepeda from Indian speaker Siddarth Srikanth, who dropped to second.  

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