iCivics has a series of games that can help you think about the language used for debating, as well as some common debate topics. You don’t have to sign up to play, unless you want to save your score (just click on “No thanks” and then if it tells you you have a lost connection, just click “Continue”). Here are two of the games:
Cast Your Vote:
Participate in a debate between two politicians. Choose a topic, and then choose which politician has the best response. At the end of the debate, review your choices and vote on the candidate you think is best for the job.
Participate in a court case based on the U.S. constitution in Argument Wars. This game requires you to play “cards” to support your argument, object to the opposing team’s argument, and follow along with real court cases. It doesn’t require any language output, but the input is very useful, particularly for law students or students who are interested in the law. You don’t have to sign up to play, unless you want to save your score.