Debating Wallabies – Online

  • Beginner
  • 9 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

Debating Wallabies is a great way for a beginner student to take their first steps into the world of non-policy debating!

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students an introduction to the basic concepts of non-policy debating, including cases, point structure and rebuttal.

  • Provide students the opportunity to participate in a range of debates on different topics across the term.

  • Allow students to practice their skills and receive feedback to help develop their speaking skills.

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Course Overview

Debating Wallabies is a great way for a beginner student to take their first steps into the world of debating!

Debating is a unique skill that involves preparing cases as a team, developing robust arguments, thinking quickly on your feet and learning to rebut others’ points. As part of this program, students will be introduced to several of the fundamental skills and principles of debating, and will also regularly put what they have learned in practice in class debates.

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.

If you’re still not sure, check out our video on online programs or get in touch to learn more!

All of our online term programs run for a single 1.5 hour session per week, for a total of around 10 weeks.

There is a short break in the middle of the session to help students concentrate for the full period, and in any event students won’t be starting at the screen the whole time either – they 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 Wallabies course is a beginner level program.

This course assumes no particular knowledge – students are more than welcome to join the program with little (or even no) debating experience.  Everyone has to start somewhere, and there is no better time than the present.

Noting this, the program is also appropriate for students who have already completed our Speaking Camp Koalas or Speaking Camp Kangaroos holiday programs – the Debating Wallabies Online course looks at debating skills, which are very different to the public speaking skills (and more in depth than the debating skills) covered in both the holiday programs.  Rather than moving straight to the more advanced programs, we would recommend they hone their skills here first.

In addition, this program is also appropriate for students who have previously completed our Public Speaking Wallabies term program – debating and public speaking are different presentation styles, and whilst both will help develop confidence, students will definitely get plenty out of doing both programs.

That said, if your child already has formal debating training from another provider, they may get more out of our more advanced Debating Wombats program – please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!

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

  • learn a range of introductory concepts and principles focusing on the essential elements of debating, focusing on either ‘comparative’ or ‘value’ type debating topics;
  • gain lots of exposure to speaking activities, which will help them build confidence and develop good speaking habits and techniques; and
  • practice their budding skills in a supportive online environment, alongside peers of a similar age and ability level.

Fostering a Nurturing Class Environment

Each Debating Wallabies 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

Students will spend at least one session (but usually more) looking at case structure.  Cases are crucial in debating – without a coherant case that all team members agree on, it becomes very difficult to persuade the adjudicator of anything.

Students will learn how to define the important terms in the topic, and turn these into fair criteria that can be used to compare the points raised by the affirmative and negative teams.


Arguments & Rebuttal

Students will spend at least one session looking at argumentation, and another at rebuttal.  These are two fundamental skills in debating – one involves building up your team’s case, and the other pulling your opponents’ case down.  Students are given scaffolds and plenty of opportunities to practice these skills across the term.


Practice Debates

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

Our classes vary in size every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Debating Wallabies 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:

  • typed feedback, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a digital certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a digital course booklet (that can be printed), which covers everything they’ve learned over the course of the program;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • hopefully a more holistic appreciation of public speaking!
Course Reviews

The course is excellent for kids to build up confidence and skills to speak in front of public, my 8 year old kid gains a lot of benefits from this course, he'll definitely continue this course next year.

Eddy, Parent Debating Wallabies

Under the circumstances with Coronavirus, I feel that the staff handled the situation very well. They kept me informed about measures put into place to safe guard and keep students at Burwood Campus safe.

The program is very well structured and delivered effectively for my twins to build on their Debating Skills. Zoom lessons were very well organized and with no drawbacks.

Thank you all for your great work with all the students!

Connie T, Parent Debating Wallabies - Online
  • Of the parents we've surveyed about our online programs...

  • Felt their child had fun

  • Believed their child's confidence improved

  • Thought their child's speech structure improved

  • Said their child's manner improved