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Debating Parrots

Debating Parrots

  • Mixed Experience
  • 8 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 5 - 6

Debating Parrots is the ideal course for students who are either new to debating, or would like to learn what policy debating is all about.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students an introduction to the basic concepts of policy debating, including cases, point structure and rebuttal.

  • Provide students with a range of opportunities to participate in practice debates.

  • Allow students to build their confidence and practice their skills over the course of the term.

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Location Online Program
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Wednesday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30pm

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

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Location Online Program
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Thursday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

8th February - 11th April

Length

8 Weeks

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$500 $400

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Location Gordon Campus
Day

Monday

Time

3:45PM - 5:45pm

Dates

5th February - 8th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$540 $378

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Location Mitcham Campus
Day

Wednesday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30pm

Dates

7th February - 27th March

Length

5 Weeks

Price

$640 $480

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Location Ryde Campus
Day

Wednesday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30pm

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$600 $480

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Location Bankstown Campus
Day

Wednesday

Time

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$450 $360

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Location Chatswood Campus
Day

Thursday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

15th February - 11th April

Length

8 Weeks

Price

$585 $520

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Location Oakleigh Campus
Day

Saturday

Time

3:00PM - 5:00pm

Dates

3rd February - 23rd March

Length

5 Weeks

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$480 $300

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Location Strathfield Campus
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Saturday

Time

4:10PM - 5:40PM

Dates

3rd February - 6th April

Length

7 Weeks

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$405 $284

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!

 

Key Features

  • Runs over weekly two-hour sessions
  • Designed for mixed-experience Year 5 & 6 students
  • Takes students through the essential skills to help them understand this integral co-curricular activity
  • Helps students build confidence through learning the four essential debating skills – cases, arguments, rebuttal and persuasive speaking
  • Provides students with plenty of opportunities to practice their newfound skills in a range of debates
  • Follows a similar structure each week – students begin with an activity, run through a new element of content and consolidate with practical speaking tasks
  • High priority is placed on a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  • Small classes to ensure everyone can practice and receive plenty of feedback

 

Term Focuses

Whilst Debating Parrots always covers the fundamental concepts involved in policy debating, the focus of the program changes every term:

  • Term #1 looks at how to develop debate cases as a team;
  • Term #2 focuses on deeper argumentation and making stronger points;
  • Term #3 emphasises persuasive debating to help students better convince their adjudicators; and
  • Term #4 hones in on rebuttal and how to best tackle the points your opponents raise.

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

Debating, like many sports and other activities, is won and lost as a team – whilst individual performances are important, it is the team element that really defines success in a debate.

Our Term #1 program focuses in on Debate Cases, and how debaters can work as a team to best persuade their adjudicator. Students will be stepped through the importance of burdens, which are even more complex in ‘policy’ style debates, and how they can work together to link their arguments and rebuttal to what they need to prove as a team to win a debate.

These are then tied into a range of speaking activities and debates, all with plenty of personalised feedback, to help them put these concepts into practice.

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 Parrots program is a mixed-level course for students in Years 5 & 6, and is aimed towards:

  • Students who have no (or negligible) debating or public speaking experience (everyone has to start somewhere, and there is no better time than the present – students are similarly welcome to join any time throughout the year);
  • Students who have already completed up to 3 terms of Debating Parrots or Debating Wolverines (the focus changes every term, so there’s no repetition of content across the year);
  • Students who have done one or more terms of Debating Wallabies, which looks at different types of topics (and so builds a different, if complementary, set of debating skills); and
  • Students who have public speaking, but no debating experience (such as completing Public Speaking Penguins, Public Speaking Honeyeaters or Speaking Camp Kangaroos).

We usually recommend that students do all four terms of either our Debating Parrots or Debating Wolverines 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 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.

Case Structure and Argumentation Fundamentals

In the initial sessions, students will dive into the essentials of debating. This includes understanding how to build both affirmative and negative cases, structuring practical points effectively, and identifying key burdens. To make sure these concepts extend past theory, students will regularly participate in interactive activities. This way, students can apply their newfound knowledge in real-time.

Rebuttal Fundamentals

As the term progresses, students will be guided through the fundamentals of rebuttal, learning about the different types of rebuttals, how to structure a persuasive rebuttal and strategies for using rebuttals to either counter the opposition or fortify your own case. This will be coupled with practice debates and activities to further their knowledge.

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 students’ 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 Parrots 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 each of our focuses before moving on to Debating Pelicans:

  • Term #1: Debate 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 son joined the Debating Parrots program last term and it was an enlightening experience. He gained good knowledge on how to structure his debate and understand the rebuttal types. There was lots of practice and good constructive feedback provided to him by his Coach Alex. It was time well spent and Gurkiret always looked forward to the weekly sessions. He learnt and had fun along the way. Looking forward to the next term.

Debating Parrots
Rupinder, Parent Debating Parrots

My son enrolled for the first time and we are very happy with his progress even if it is was online session.

The review provided post first term is very helpful for improving his skills.

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Amit, Parent Debating Parrots
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed enjoyed themselves

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed noticed an improvement in their overall speaking skills

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed felt more confident as a speaker

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed wanted to come back again next time

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