9:30AM - 1:00PM
This four day course for students with some debating experience that affords them the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, exercise their debating skills and gain exposure to interesting and pertinent topics.Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Provide experienced students with various practice debates on a range of topics.
Run a number of theory sessions on more advanced debating concepts to help students develop.
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their debating skills and receive individualised feedback.
Cases, burdens, arguments, rebuttal, stakeholders – there is a lot going on in debating, and it can often be difficult to conceptualise it all at once. This program aims to help students to tie all of the elements together.
Placing a strong focus on student centred learning, this program allows coaches to observe each of the students in their class using the online platform, determine what concepts will best help each student develop as a debater, and run classes that focus on those ideas. This is then accompanied by a number of debates – with plenty of time allocated to personal feedback – to help provide students with a more holistic understanding of debating.
As with all our online programs, class sizes are kept small (a maximum of 8) so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback from our experienced coaches.
We genuinely believe that whilst our online programs look and feel a little different, they are just as effective in helping students develop their speaking abilities.
Unlike most providers, we run all our online programs live in small classes – nothing is pre-recorded, and everything happens in real time. This means that coaches are able to adapt their teaching style to the class that they actually have, leading to the best possible learning outcomes for students.
Students are also given just as many opportunities to practice in front of an audience – whilst not physically present, students can still see all their peers’ faces on the computer screen, providing them with an audience that feels (and is) very real. This means that students are still able to apply the theory they learn, develop their confidence, and crucially receive indvidualised feedback in real time.
All of our online intensive programs run for eight sessions over four days, with each session being 1.5 hours long, and a good half an hour break between the two sessions.
So, for example, if the program was scheduled for 9:30am to 1:00pm each day, the first session that day would be from 9:30am to 11:00am, with a half an hour break before the second session between 11:30am and 1:00pm.
Students won’t be starting at the screen all day either – they will get a short break in the middle of each session, and will be encouraged to prepare their practice speeches (at least one every session) on paper, as they would in a physical classroom setting.
Our Debating Hawks Online workshop is an experienced level program.
Designed for students with formal coaching in debating, we recommend that students only enrol if:
Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a public speaking program with us, or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop – they would be better off giving out Debating Hummingbirds program a try.
Over the duration of the program, students will:
Our Debating Hawks Online program is a modular program – this means that rather than prescribe what coaches will teach over a term, we instead give them a wide range of session that they are able to pick and choose from, depending on the skill level, experience and general preferences of the group that they are teaching.
That said, students will:
Our classes vary in size every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Debating Hawks Online class is around eight students with one coach.
If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!
By the end of each program, students will have:
It’s a nice program and would recommend it to any parent who are looking to have their children spend quality time during the holidays.
My daughter loved it and looking forward to the next one!
My son enjoyed the interactions with his teacher, especially on the second day. They chatted about schools and exams which are not always debating related but I found that it expanded his world and helped him retain the debating techniques taught in class.
After our Online April 2020 Holiday Programs...
Year 5 - 6 students who had fun100%
Year 5 - 6 students who felt their confidence improved100%
Year 5 - 6 students who believed their manner improved100%
Year 5 - 6 students who want to come back next time92%