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2022 Summer Live Online Class

  • 07/07 to 08/26  8 Classes Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm $175/term Location: Online15

    This class is all about building confidence. Your child will learn to confidently discuss opinions and describe the world around them. 

    Participants build their confidence speaking in front of others and completing speech-skill achievements. Your child will give impromptu speeches and planned speeches. He or she will also learn how to critique the speeches of others in a helpful and positive manner. Participants are also encouraged to take active roles such as comedian, timer, and canvasser.

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 07/11 to 08/29  8 Classes Monday 4:30pm-5:30pm $175/term Location: Online15

    Speech: Participants build their confidence speaking in front of others and completing skill achievements.

    Students will write a prepared speech with guidance from the instructor. Students have the freedom to pick any topic for their prepared speech as long as it falls within the category decided by the instructor. The categories include informative, persuasive, storytelling, and demonstrative. 

    Students will also learn how to critique the speeches of others in a helpful and positive manner. Roles include timer, listener, librarian, counter, comedian, and recorder.

    Debate: This class will integrate a portion of debate in it. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally.   Most obviously, debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. 

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 07/08 to 08/26  8 Classes Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm $175/term Location: Online15

    Speech: Participants build their confidence speaking in front of others and completing skill achievements.

    Students will write a prepared speech with guidance from the instructor. Students have the freedom to pick any topic for their prepared speech as long as it falls within the category decided by the instructor. The categories include informative, persuasive, storytelling, and demonstrative. 

    Students will also learn how to critique the speeches of others in a helpful and positive manner. Roles include timer, listener, librarian, counter, comedian, and recorder.

    Debate: This class will integrate a portion of debate in it. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally.   Most obviously, debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. 

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 07/05 to 08/26  8 Classes Tuesday 5:00pm-6:30pm $255/term Location: Online8

    Course Description: This is the second course of Speech/Debate series. While this course continues to help students build up the Speech confidence and skills, it focuses more on Debate.

    Below are the sample topics to cover in the class. Topics may vary in different terms.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Debate
    1. Introduce students to some basic concepts and terms. 
    2. Involve students in an informal debate.

    Unit 2: Expanding on the concept of debate 
    1. Observe a live or videotaped debate. 
    2. Take part in an informal debate.

    Unit 3: Affirmative Structure
    1. Gain an understanding of the Affirmative philosophy.
    2. Examine the speech of the first Affirmative.

    Unit 4: Overview of Negative Strategy
    1. Understand negative strategy. 
    2. understand the job of the first Negative speaker

    Unit 5: Overview of Debate
    1. Second Affirmative Constructive Speech 
    2. Second Negative Constructive Speech
    3. The Break 
    4. Rebuttal by First Negative 
    5. Rebuttal by First Affirmative

    Unit 6: The Great debate (Discussion, Preparation, Presentation)

    Provide students an opportunity to prepare and debate in a formal style.

    Debate is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The process of researching a debate is one of examining the pros and cons of an issue, determining what the problems are and considering alternative solutions. The research and presentation of a debate is clearly a team effort, and participation in activities like debate explicitly develops the skills needed to work in teams.

    Instructor: Randall Martinez

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    07/06 to 08/26  8 Classes Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm $255/term Location: Online15

    Course Description: This is the second course of Speech/Debate series. While this course continues to help students build up the Speech confidence and skills, it focuses more on Debate.

    Below are the sample topics to cover in the class. Topics may vary in different terms.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Debate
    1. Introduce students to some basic concepts and terms. 
    2. Involve students in an informal debate.

    Unit 2: Expanding on the concept of debate 
    1. Observe a live or videotaped debate. 
    2. Take part in an informal debate.

    Unit 3: Affirmative Structure
    1. Gain an understanding of the Affirmative philosophy.
    2. Examine the speech of the first Affirmative.

    Unit 4: Overview of Negative Strategy
    1. Understand negative strategy. 
    2. understand the job of the first Negative speaker

    Unit 5: Overview of Debate
    1. Second Affirmative Constructive Speech 
    2. Second Negative Constructive Speech
    3. The Break 
    4. Rebuttal by First Negative 
    5. Rebuttal by First Affirmative

    Unit 6: The Great debate (Discussion, Preparation, Presentation)

    Provide students an opportunity to prepare and debate in a formal style.

    Debate is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The process of researching a debate is one of examining the pros and cons of an issue, determining what the problems are and considering alternative solutions. The research and presentation of a debate is clearly a team effort, and participation in activities like debate explicitly develops the skills needed to work in teams.

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 07/08 to 08/26  8 Classes Friday 5:00pm-7:00pm $375/term Location: Online8

    In this class, students will explore and discuss various current issues around the world. Readings will be assigned to give students a strong understanding of the historical forces that led to the current controversies. Class time will be spent discussing the various aspects of the weekly topics through Socratic seminars and research-based debates.

    Course goals include teaching students to analyze political cartoons, detect bias in news media, utilize
    research from think tanks and academia, and become better advocates through public speaking and guided critical discourse.

    Topic Areas:
    - The Cold War & Nuclear Weapons
    - Deep Space Exploration
    - Globalization & Glocalization
    - Africa - Revolutions, Tribalism, and the Struggle for Democracy
    - The Arab Spring
    - Israel and Palestinian Conflict
    - Identity Politics in Latin America
    - Alternative Energy & Energy diplomacy
    - Immigration and Transnationalism
    - Women’s Rights and Feminism
    - World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Debt
    - Terrorism: Origins and Consequences
    - Climate Change and Geo-Engineering
    - Cyberwarfare and the Internet of Things
    - Race, Poverty, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

    This class is great support for the World Quest Competition for high school students. Here is the 2020-2021 World Quest Competition Study Guide:
    https://files.constantcontact.com/5ffa0d27001/4594d8cd-68f9-4293-8a96-881d6a4298e3.pdf
     


    Readings
    The World Today, by Henry Brun - 9th edition

    Instructor: Randall Martinez


2022 Summer Camp

Note: Half-day camps can be combined as full-day camps from 8:30am-4pm.

    Week 1 (07/11-07/15)

  • 07/11 to 07/15  5 half day Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm $250/camp Location: Rm 2

    This camp is limited to 12 students. This camp will have integrated outdoor sports time.

    Public Speech/Debate Camp

    This camp focuses on public speech and oral communication. Students will build up confidence and learn communication skills in the camp. We will go through following 5 units

    Unit 1: Introduction to Speech
    Students will learn essential speech techniques that they will be developing over the course of the class. They will learn the process of writing and prepare a speech and set goals for their learning.

    Unit 2: Informative 
    Students will learn the value of and ways to speak informatively through analyzation and practice. Students will be able to work through the process of collecting information through research and sharing that information in a logical and organized way, using effective public speaking skills.

    Unit 3: Persuade 
    Students will learn the value of and techniques to speak persuasively. They will be able to determine the difference between fact and opinion based argument, and effectively persuade an identified audience using sound reasoning and relevant evidence.

    Unit 4: Entertain 
    Students will learn the value of and ways to speak to entertain a specific audience, practising with both ideas of their own and others’. Students will work through the process of developing a speech to inform and presenting with appropriate tone and body language for the audience and purpose.

    Unit 5: Introduction to Debate
    Students will be able to understand opposing viewpoints then choose and defend one viewpoint or the other, using logical reasoning and relevant evidence in the appropriate debate format.



    Week 5 (08/08-08/12)

  • 08/08 to 08/12  5 half day Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm $250/camp Location: Rm 3

    This is the 1st out of 2 Speech camps for Grade k-3. The camp is limited to 10 students.

    This camp is all about building confidence. Your child will learn to confidently discuss opinions and describe the world around them. Participants will get a head start speaking in front of others.

    We will introuduce the basic speech skills such as eye contacts or voice etc and practice those skills in the camp via different topics.  



  • 08/08 to 08/12  5 half day Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm $250/camp Location: Rm 2

    This camp is designed to prepare students to compete in interscholastic debate competitions.  Units will cover common formats of individual and partnered debate.  Building on fundamental skills introduced in earlier speech and debate courses, this camp introduces students to the research, preparation, and strategy requirements of competitive debate.

    This camp will focus on Unit 1-4:

    Unit 1: Introduction to Debate
    1. Introduce students to some basic concepts and terms. 
    2. Involve students in an informal debate.

    Unit 2: Expanding on the concept of debate 
    1. Observe a live or videotaped debate. 
    2. Take part in an informal debate.

    Unit 3: Affirmative Structure
    1. Gain an understanding of the Affirmative philosophy.
    2. Examine the speech of the first Affirmative.

    Unit 4: Overview of Negative Strategy
    1. Understand negative strategy. 
    2. understand the job of the first Negative speaker

    Unit 5: Overview of Debate
    1. Second Affirmative Constructive Speech 
    2. Second Negative Constructive Speech
    3. The Break 
    4. Rebuttal by First Negative 
    5. Rebuttal by First Affirmative

    Unit 6: The Great debate (Discussion, Preparation, Presentation)

    Provide students an opportunity to prepare and debate in a formal style.

    Debate is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The process of researching a debate is one of examining the pros and cons of an issue, determining what the problems are and considering alternative solutions. The research and presentation of a debate is clearly a team effort, and participation in activities like debate explicitly develops the skills needed to work in teams.



    Week 6 (08/15-08/19)

  • 08/15 to 08/19  5 half day Monday-Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm $250/camp Location: Rm 2

    This camp is limited to 12 students. This camp will have integrated outdoor sports time.

    Public Speech/Debate Camp

    This camp focuses on public speech and oral communication. Students will build up confidence and learn communication skills in the camp. We will go through following 5 units

    Unit 1: Introduction to Speech
    Students will learn essential speech techniques that they will be developing over the course of the class. They will learn the process of writing and prepare a speech and set goals for their learning.

    Unit 2: Informative 
    Students will learn the value of and ways to speak informatively through analyzation and practice. Students will be able to work through the process of collecting information through research and sharing that information in a logical and organized way, using effective public speaking skills.

    Unit 3: Persuade 
    Students will learn the value of and techniques to speak persuasively. They will be able to determine the difference between fact and opinion based argument, and effectively persuade an identified audience using sound reasoning and relevant evidence.

    Unit 4: Entertain 
    Students will learn the value of and ways to speak to entertain a specific audience, practising with both ideas of their own and others’. Students will work through the process of developing a speech to inform and presenting with appropriate tone and body language for the audience and purpose.

    Unit 5: Introduction to Debate
    Students will be able to understand opposing viewpoints then choose and defend one viewpoint or the other, using logical reasoning and relevant evidence in the appropriate debate format.




2022 Winter/Spring Live Online Class

  •  (waiting-list)

    01/17 to 06/13  20 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm $400/term No class on Mar. 21 and May 30Location: Online15

    Speech: Participants build their confidence speaking in front of others and completing skill achievements.

    Students will write a prepared speech with guidance from the instructor. Students have the freedom to pick any topic for their prepared speech as long as it falls within the category decided by the instructor. The categories include informative, persuasive, storytelling, and demonstrative. 

    Students will also learn how to critique the speeches of others in a helpful and positive manner. Roles include timer, listener, librarian, counter, comedian, and recorder.

    Debate: This class will integrate a portion of debate in it. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally.   Most obviously, debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. 

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 01/20 to 06/13  20 Classes Thursday 3:55pm-4:55pm $400/term No class on Mar. 24Location: Online15

    Speech: Participants build their confidence speaking in front of others and completing skill achievements.

    Students will write a prepared speech with guidance from the instructor. Students have the freedom to pick any topic for their prepared speech as long as it falls within the category decided by the instructor. The categories include informative, persuasive, storytelling, and demonstrative. 

    Students will also learn how to critique the speeches of others in a helpful and positive manner. Roles include timer, listener, librarian, counter, comedian, and recorder.

    Debate: This class will integrate a portion of debate in it. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally.   Most obviously, debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. 

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 01/19 to 06/13  20 Classes Wednesday 4:30pm-6:00pm $600/term No class on Mar. 23Location: Online15

    Course Description: This is the third course of Speech/Debate series. While this course continues to help students build up the Speech confidence and skills, it focuses more on Debate.

    Below are the sample topics to cover in the class. Topics may vary in different terms.

    Unit 1: Introduction to Debate
    1. Introduce students to some basic concepts and terms. 
    2. Involve students in an informal debate.

    Unit 2: Expanding on the concept of debate 
    1. Observe a live or videotaped debate. 
    2. Take part in an informal debate.

    Unit 3: Affirmative Structure
    1. Gain an understanding of the Affirmative philosophy.
    2. Examine the speech of the first Affirmative.

    Unit 4: Overview of Negative Strategy
    1. Understand negative strategy. 
    2. understand the job of the first Negative speaker

    Unit 5: Overview of Debate
    1. Second Affirmative Constructive Speech 
    2. Second Negative Constructive Speech
    3. The Break 
    4. Rebuttal by First Negative 
    5. Rebuttal by First Affirmative

    Unit 6: The Great debate (Discussion, Preparation, Presentation)

    Provide students an opportunity to prepare and debate in a formal style.

    Debate is an excellent way to develop critical thinking skills. The process of researching a debate is one of examining the pros and cons of an issue, determining what the problems are and considering alternative solutions. The research and presentation of a debate is clearly a team effort, and participation in activities like debate explicitly develops the skills needed to work in teams.

    Instructor: Ta-Leah Smithers

  • 01/21 to 06/11  20 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $600/term No class on Mar 25Location: Online15

    Speech: This is the fouth course of Speech/Debate series. At this stage, participants should feel confident to speak before others and are good at the basic speech skills.

    Debate: Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally. But the benefits of debating are not limited to the skills built while students are speaking—the preparation for competition teaches critical thinking and research skills, as well. Those skills help students express their thoughts better in their academic work and their college applications (not to mention around your dinner table!). Perhaps most important of all, debate is fun!  

    This course will introduce different styles of Debate but more focused on Lincoln-Douglas  debate style. Participants will learn to assemble an argument and present it in the Lincoln-Douglas debate style. Lincoln–Douglas debate (commonly abbreviated as LD Debate or simply LD) is a type of one-on-one debate though the instructor may choose to have students use it in a team format. It is sometimes also called "values debate" because the format traditionally places a heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values, and philosophy. This type of debate challenges students to understand the conflicting human values that stand behind opposing policies.

    Debate Learning Targets:
         - Understand Values
         - Learn debate methods. Example: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
         - Practice the routine for LD debate

    Instructor: Julie Weindel

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