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Practice Debates

Practice Debates

  • Experienced Students Only
  • 8 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 7 - 9

A weekly program that combines practice debates nearly every week with a range of theoretical sessions to help high school students develop their debating skills even further.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Allow experienced students to practice their skills in debates on a range of topics.

  • Provide theory sessions on multiple topics, tailored to the interests and needs of the particular group.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to present and receive individualised feedback.

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Bookings Close 29 February!

Location Online Program
Day

Wednesday

Time

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

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Location Online Program
Day

Thursday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30pm

Dates

8th February - 11th April

Length

8 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

Bookings Close 29 February!

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Location Mitcham Campus
Day

Wednesday

Time

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Dates

7th February - 27th March

Length

5 Weeks

Price

$640 $480

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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 7 – 9 debaters
  • Builds on the foundations laid in Debating Club
  • A modular program where coaches determine content based on the needs and interests of students in the class
  • Helps students grapple with more complex concepts, such as meeting burdens, keeping to a team strategy, tackling the other team’s argument
  • Provides students with lots of opportunities to practice and continue to develop their debating skills
  • Prioritises a supportive and welcoming learning environment for all students that is light-hearted and non-competitive
  • Class sizes are kept small so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention

 

Term Focuses

Practice Debates is modular in nature and does not have any particular focus in any given term.

It focuses on providing students with various opportunities to practice their debating skills and supplementing this with theory sessions and debriefs that provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop even further.

 

More Information

Our Practice Debates course is an experienced-level program for Year 7 – 9 students.

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

  • completed our Foundations of Debating (or Debating Hummingbirds) holiday workshop at least once and feels confident in their debating ability;
  • completed multiple terms of our Debating Parrots or Debating Club programs and feels ready to advance to the next level;
  • previously participated in either our Debating Pelicans or Practice Debates term programs (or Experienced Debating or Debating Hawks holiday programs) and want to continue working on their debating skills;
  • received extensive formal training with another provider; or
  • attended a school with a comprehensive debating training program and competed in several interschool debates.

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 prepare students for this workshop. Instead, they would be better off giving our Debating Club term program or our Foundations of Debating holiday 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!

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

  • revise essential theory about policy-based (‘should’) debates and take their understanding to the next level;
  • deploy what they have learned during in-class debates (there will be practice debates most weeks of the term);
  • receive targeted, individualised feedback and work towards individual goals;
  • 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 Practice Debates program is a modular program.

This means that instead of prescribing what coaches will teach over a term, we instead give them a wide range of content that they can pick and choose from, depending on the skill level, experience and general preferences of the students actually present in their class.

That said, students will:

  • have the opportunity to revise the key concepts involved with Policy-based debating at the beginning of the term to ensure that everyone is on the same page;
  • participate in practice debates almost every week; and
  • receive plenty of feedback to help them develop as individual debaters

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

Course Reviews

My daughter had a great time and learnt her strengths, as well as what to improve on. She also learnt it's okay to be funny when she debates and to listen more to improve rebutting. A good camp for learning and fun!

Experienced Debating
Anne, Parent Experienced Debating

Very professional and organised, great teaching staff, and my daughter was thrilled to see one of her school debating coaches. Thank you all very much!

Experienced Debating
Katie, Parent Experienced Debating
  • 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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