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Beginner Debate

In this ongoing class, learners will have the opportunity to practice their public speaking and debate / argumentation skills using real-world and current event topics.


55 minutes per class

Once per week

8-13 year olds

4-10 learners per class



In this class, learners will be able to consistently practice their public speaking and debate skills. The class will start by giving the students a topic. They will then have 5 minutes to curate a speech (no research needed) and deliver it during the class. This is an impromptu speech. The more often they do this, the better they will get at being able to think on their feet and turn those thoughts into effective and compelling conversations and speeches.

The second half of the class will be spent practicing beginner debate skills. Learners will be given the topic a week in advance so they can do some research and gather facts to support their opinion.

Examples of debate topics:
๐ŸŽ™ Should be ban plastic bottled water?
๐ŸŽ™ Are zoos ethical?
๐ŸŽ™ Is homework beneficial?

๐Ÿ“ฃIf you think these topics are too advanced, check out our 30 min intro class where we debate simpler topics that don't require any research ie: "are dogs better than cats".

This class is to introduce learners to speech writing and debate and is an open debate style. Leaners will all be given a chance to present their opening argument. Then we will go to the rebuttal round where they are encouraged to counter the opposition's arguments. A debate can't be won just by speaking, it's just as important to listen. We will encourage them to listen to the other side and think of ways to weaken their points.

๐Ÿ‘ IS IT FOR YOU? ๐Ÿ‘
Our goal is to help learners gain self-confidence in public speaking situations as well as teach them to listen and respond accordingly.
We do not offer constructive criticism in this class, only positive feedback and encouragement. Again, our hope is that they walk away with self-confidence and excitement to participate in competitive debate.

If your child has debate experience, check out the Intermediate version of this class!

Please note this is an asynchronous ongoing class. Learners can start or stop anytime. We always give a brief overview at the start of class for new learners and send an intro video after enrollment so they know what to expect. This is a subscription-based class, so you will be charged every Sunday to save your seat for the following week. You can stop the subscription at any time.

All of our teachers have collegiate-level debate and coaching experience. Please see specific class time options for teacher info.

Transfers can be accommodated with 24 hours notice.

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