Debate Intensive



10:30 To 12:00

211 E 43rd St 7th floor, New York, NY 10017


(718) 954-1357

Event Description

The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn how to craft and present arguments, opinions and ideas. They will learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and will practice informing, persuading and motivating an audience in a variety of ways. The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge. This program compliments the Leadership program but is meant to be taught independently.

Grading Rubric

Students will be expected to use each exercise as an opportunity to focus on:

Physical and Vocal Skills
Gestures, necessary movement, posture; facial expression and eye contact.
Fluency and pace, Tone variation, clarity and projection.
Language, Structure and Rhetoric
Vocabulary choice, Grammar, Structure, Organization and Rhetorical techniques.
Cognitive Skills

Choosing content that conveys meaning and intention, building on the views of others, seeking information and clarification through questions, summarising, focus on task, time management, providing reason for ones views, using evidence to lend weight to ones argument, critical examination of ideas and views expressed, and taking account of level of understanding of the audience.

Social and Emotional

Guiding and managing interactions, listening actively and responding appropriately, confidence, liveliness and flair.

Begins June 18th and ends June 22nd. All sessions will be from 10:30-12pm except for Wednesday the 20th, which will be from 9-10:30am. No drop ins are permitted for this intensive. Class is restricted to students in middle school.

The Impromptu speech

Students will learn to quickly develop and present concise, logical, well supported arguments. They will learn how to navigate ‘cold calls’, interviews, pitches and more.

Parliamentary Debate

Students will learn to effectively present and defend a persuasive argument using the ARESR method developed by the English Speaking Union. All classes will be taught by a debate coach certified by the English Speaking Union. Students will learn to outline, draft, develop and deliver effective arguments and counter arguments. They will learn to refute using the four steps of effective refutation. They will explore what is efficient-and inefficient-in arguments (and counter arguments) and the different methods that popular orators have used throughout the years to sway opinion. We will also address political framing techniques, speaker-audience and speaker-topic commonality, persuasive rhetoric, fallacies in reasoning, persuasive use of eveidence and stylistic devices.

The Informative speech

Students will learn how to effectively define and present new information to an audience. They will learn how to analyze an  audience and tailor their speech to different audiences and time constraints. They will learn how to develop appropriate and effective visual aids, translate complex ideas effectively and establish Ethos.

The Persuasive speech

Students will learn how to advocate and argue effectively.They will learn how to create and present clear, authentic, persuasive arguments, effectively explain problems and provide appropriate solutions, clearly translate and arrange complex issues and define and present realistic ways of implementing their plan of action. We will cover burden of proof, clash points, opposing arguments, possible pitfalls, motivating audiences to action, pathos and more.
Speech and Debate

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