About this class
Learning the foundations of debate is crucial to developing critical thinking skills and strong communication capabilities. Here, students will learn the basics of debate formats, learn the basics of argumentation and rebuttal, and learn the different approaches that come with various topics and debate motions. There will also be a heavy emphasis on critical thinking skills such as framing, model building, argument construction, and rebuttal construction. This University Beginner Course is meant for those who wish to learn about debate and be introduced to the complexities that come with the sport! This course is designed for those who know of public speaking and wish to master the skills that come with it in a fun and learning environment.
Whether a student is familiar with debate or not, this course aims to ensure that they are in the best position to break in tournaments, as well as perform to the best of their abilities in challenges that come their way in the sport! Here, students will be introduced to the basics of debate as a format of public speaking. There will also be introductions to argument formation, rebuttal construction, as well as identifying key issues that come with different motions. Alongside the basics of debate, students will also learn more complex skills such as framing and characterization in debate, matter loading, and research skills for different debate topics, as well as model building. Heavy emphasis will be placed on ensuring that these skills are mastered over time. Through collaborative activities and healthy discussions, students will also get a chance to engage in practice debate rounds to apply the lessons learned. Students will also be having personalized feedback on their performances as they progress through the training and track their progress in a timely manner.