Public Speaking - Debate

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Public Speaking - Debate Class

For grade 7 to 9

Course Aims

This course aims to help students develop confidence in their public speaking skills, as well as developing the various skills necessary for conducting an effective debate.  Debate is a fantastic platform to practice and hone all sorts of necessary communication skills, because it involves, speaking, writing, reading, and listening.  Students will have to work to improve all of these essential skills and use them together to create a cohesive argument.  They will also learn valuable teamwork skills as most debates will involve working with a partner or team.


Course description

The course will focus on helping students develop useful speaking and rhetorical techniques to use while they deliver their arguments.  It will also work on improving their research skills, in order to find relevant evidence to support their claims.  They will also work on improving their critical listening skills so that they can pick out the relevant information from their opponents’ arguments.  Overall the goal is to get the students comfortable with debating any topic in a public setting, and conveying their opinions effectively. 


This course will teach you

  • how the general debate format works
  • how to create an effective argument
  • how to research the proper evidence to support your argument
  • Useful rhetorical techniques and phrases to make your position appear stronger
  • how to speak in a public setting
  • how to effectively rebut your opponents claims
  • how to sum up and conclude a debate

Grades 7-9
Class times: 6:00-7:00pm every Thursday

Class Dates:  9th February 2017 to 20th April 2017, 10 weeks

Cost: $260 + HST

About the Instructor:

With IB DP from high school in Burlington and English Literature degree from University of Toronto, Sunil has exceptional strong background in English language art.  He taught debate, specifically to advanced students, in both elementary and middle school. He is a certified TESOL/TESL teacher with extensive teaching experience to students of different background.