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Debating Club

Debating Club

  • Beginner Students Only
  • 10 Weeks
  • Years 7 - 9

Debating Club is the ideal course for high school students who are new to debating and would like to develop the fundamental skills necessary to flourish in high school debating.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide students with the foundations of policy debates, with a particular focus on case structure, arguments and rebuttal.

  • Give students the opportunity to participate in a range of debates on different topics.

  • Allow students multiple practice opportunities, and receive plenty of individual feedback.

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Wednesday

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4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

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Location Carlingford Campus
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Wednesday

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3:50PM - 5:50PM

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7th February - 10th April

Length

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Location Carlingford Campus
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Friday

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3:50PM - 5:50PM

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2nd February - 5th April

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7 Weeks

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!

 

Key Features

  • Runs over weekly two-hour sessions
  • Designed for beginner level Year 7 – 9 students
  • Takes students through the fundamental skills to help them understand this essential source of personal development at a high school level
  • Helps students build critical thinking skills and resilience through learning the four crucial debating skills – cases, arguments, rebuttal and persuasive speaking
  • Provides students with plenty of opportunities to develop their skills and practice
  • Follows a similar structure each week – students begin with an activity, run through a new element of content and consolidate with practical speaking tasks
  • Strong emphasis on a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  • Small classes to ensure maximum practice time and feedback from experienced coaches

 

Term Focuses

Whilst always covering the basics concepts involved in policy debating – cases, arguments and rebuttal – the focus of Debating Club changes every term:

  • Term #1: Team Cases
  • Term #2: Argumentation
  • Term #3: Persuasive Debating
  • Term #4: Rebuttal

Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these streams a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!

 

More Information

In debating, just like in many sports and activities, teamwork is key. While individual contributions matter, it’s the collective effort that truly determines the outcome of a debate.

Our Term #1 program zeroes in on Policy Cases. It’s designed to help debaters learn how to effectively collaborate as a team to convince their adjudicator. We guide students through the nuances of ‘burdens’, an aspect that becomes more intricate in policy-style debates. They’ll learn how to seamlessly connect their arguments and rebuttals to what the team needs to establish to win the debate.

To solidify these concepts, we incorporate a variety of speaking exercises and debates into the program. The best part? Every student gets ample personalised feedback to aid in their development. This practical approach helps them apply what they’ve learned and makes the experience more engaging and effective.

Over the course of the term, students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn core introductory theory about ‘Policy’ debates;
  • explore case development, argument structure and rebuttal strategies, and how these all link to the burdens they need to prove to win debates;
  • deploy what they have learned in at least three in-class debates across the term;
  • practice different speaking roles and argue from both affirmative and negative sides of a debate; and
  • learn how to work effectively in a team environment!

 

Our Debating Club course is a beginner-level program for students in Years 7 – 9, and is designed for:

  • Students who have no (or negligible) debating or public speaking experience (there is no assumed knowledge for the Debating Club program, and students are welcome to join any time throughout the year);
  • Students who have already completed one or two terms of Debating Club or Debating Parrots (the focus changes every term, so there’s no repetition of content across the year);
  • Students who have public speaking, but no debating experience (such as completing Foundations of Public Speaking, Public Speaking Penguins or Public Speaking Honeyeaters).

We usually recommend that students do at least two terms of either our Debating Club or Debating Parrots program to ensure that they cover all the essential concepts inherent to debating!

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child, or check out our video below to see how our term program progressions work!

Fostering a Nurturing Class Environment

Each Debating Club program starts out with the coach facilitating a welcoming class environment and ensuring that all students are across the fundamental rules and concepts involved with debating – making sure everyone, regardless of experience, is up to speed. The early sessions also involve a range of speaking activities that help students develop their debating skills.

Basics of Case Structure & Argumentation

In order to effectively debate more complex concepts, students will be introduced to the cornerstones of debating. This involves learning how to devise both affirmative and negative cases, efficiently arranging practical points, and recognizing burdens. To ensure these concepts aren’t just theoretical, interactive activities will be incorporated frequently. This approach allows students to implement their newly acquired skills in a practical context.

Understanding Rebuttals in Depth

As the program continues, students will be guided through the underlying principles of rebuttal. They will explore various forms of rebuttals, how to structure a compelling rebuttal, and tactics for utilizing rebuttals to either dismantle the opponent’s argument or bolster your own case. These lessons will be complemented by engaging practice debates and enriching activities to deepen their understanding.

Practice Debates

In addition to all the theory, students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple practice debates during the term.  Each debate will be on a different topic, and students will have the opportunity to speak in different roles each time.

Parent Presentations

As with all our weekly programs, the term concludes with a presentation to the student’s parents.  This is a great way to help them develop the confidence to speak directly to adults, as well as being a good opportunity for them to showcase their new skills.

Debating Club covers the basic concepts involved in policy debating.

Each term has a different focus to help students gain in-depth insight before progressing onto an experienced program.

It is recommended that students complete at least two of our focuses before moving on to Practice Debates:

  • Term #1: Cases
  • Term #2: Argumentation
  • Term #3: Persuasive Debating
  • Term #4: Rebuttal

There is no particular need to start with any of these streams, meaning students are welcome to join at any time.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch using our contact form to learn more!

Course Reviews

My daughter likes the course very much and it helps her to build up confidence! Will continue the course next year.

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Ying, Parent Debating Club

The holiday program was really good, we continued classes during the school term and are very content with the classes,

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Linda, Parent Debating Club
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 7 - 9 students surveyed really enjoyed attending the program

  • 100%

    of Year 7 - 9 students surveyed felt a lot more confident in their ability

  • 100%

    of Year 7 - 9 students surveyed noticed that their manner improved

  • 75%

    of Year 7 - 9 students surveyed were keen to come back again next time

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