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Debating Wolverines

Debating Wolverines

  • Experienced Students Only
  • 9 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

A debating program that builds on the concepts covered in Debating Wallabies, and introduces students to more complex policy based topics and case structures.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Help students further develop their understanding of debating, placing a particular focus on policy-based topics.

  • Provide students with an in-depth understanding on a particular concept each term.

  • Give students a range of opportunities to participate in practice debates and receive individualised feedback.

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Location Carlingford Campus
Day

Tuesday

Time

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Dates

6th February - 9th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$600 $420

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Location Hurstville Campus
Day

Thursday

Time

4:00PM - 6:00pm

Dates

15th February - 11th April

Length

8 Weeks

Price

$540 $480

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Location Chatswood Campus
Day

Friday

Time

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Dates

2nd February - 5th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$441 $309

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!

 

Key Features

  • Runs over weekly two-hour sessions
  • Designed for experienced Year 3 & 4 debaters
  • Builds on the foundations laid in Debating Wallabies, looking at the more complex ‘policy’ style topics
  • Helps students deepen their understanding of central concepts like argumentation and rebuttal
  • Provides students with plenty of opportunities to practice their newfound skills in debates on a range of topics
  • Follows a similar structure each week – students begin with an activity, run through a new element of content and consolidate with practical speaking tasks
  • Prioritises a supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students
  • Class sizes are kept small so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention

 

Term Focuses

Whilst Debating Wolverines always covers the basics concepts involved in policy debating – cases, arguments, rebuttal and speaking manner – the focus of the program changes every term:

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

Like many sports and other activities, debating is won or lost as a team. Whilst individual performances can be important, it’s the teamwork element that really defines whether a team is successful in any given debate.

Our Term #1 program focuses on Policy Cases. This focus builds on the essential skills students learn in the beginner Debating Wallabies program and adds to their developing understanding of what debating involves, taking them through how policy cases are formed and linked to other essential elements of debating (such as practical arguments and rebuttal) to improve their chances of success in any given 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:

  • build on what they learned in the beginner Debating Wallabies program;
  • learn core ideas that relate to ‘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 Wolverines program is an experienced level class for students in Years 3 & 4.

Designed for students with formal coaching in debating, we recommend that students only enrol if they have:

  • completed at least one (but ideally multiple) terms of our Debating Wallabies program;
  • previously participated in one or more terms of our Debating Wolverines program and want to continue improving their debating skills (noting there is a different focus every term);
  • received plenty of formal training with another provider; or
  • attended a school with a comprehensive debating training program and competed in a number of interschool debates.

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills. Attending a public speaking program with us (such as Public Speaking Wombats or Speaking Camp Kangaroos), or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this program – they would be better off giving our Debating Wallabies program a try.

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 & Argumentation

In the first few sessions, students will cover the fundamentals of debating, including learning how to construct both affirmative and negative cases, how to structure practical points, and how to identify burdens. These concepts will be supplemented regularly with activities so that students can put what they’ve learned into practice.

 

Rebuttal Fundamentals

Throughout the term, students will also learn about rebuttal fundamentals with a focus on rebuttal types, rebuttal structure, and how rebuttals can be used to either bring down your opposition or defend your case.

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.

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

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  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed enjoyed attending the programs

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed felt more confident

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed saw their speaking manner significantly improve

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed really wanted to come back again next time

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