Debate is a class in which students learn
formats for debate, interpreting resolutions, developing affirmative and
negative case constructions, cross-examinations, and evaluating arguments.
Amala Chacko, explains, “In all honesty, debate has helped me grow so much.
Before I started debate, my vocabulary was horrid, and I didn’t have the ability
to think on my feet. I hardly knew anything that was happening in the world, and
couldn’t have cared less. Then, debate came into the picture and I have become
more eloquent, intelligent, and have started really understanding world events
and issues. The class helped me get over my stage fright and also gave me a
chance to meet many people who were also interested in political and current
events. I recommend this class for anyone who has a desire to voice their
opinions and broaden their views on issues that our world currently faces.”
Click here for Documentation on Speech and Debate Related Classes and the
Students analyze and apply specific formats for debate
and processes of logic and critical thinking. Reading experiences, practice
writing single issue briefs, interpreting resolutions, developing affirmative
and negative case construction, listening to and performing cross examination,
evaluating arguments and presenting debates are heavily emphasized in the
course; and other wrap-around, associated ideas are presented as well.
Students are expected to attend competitive tournaments on a regular basis.
Debate I is the introductory course and Debate II and III increase in skill
level. Competition at speech tournaments is expected in Debate II and
here for a complete outline of the Debate I course curriculum.
In Oral interpretation, students study the oral reading
or performance of a literary text as a communication art. Students enrolled in
Oral Interpretation I, II, III, will select, research, analyze, adapt,
interpret, and perform literary texts. Students focus on intellectual,
emotional, sensory, and aesthetic levels of texts and attempt to capture the entirety of the author’s work.
Individual or group performances of literature will be presented and
evaluated. For high school students whose first language is not English, the
students native language serves as a foundation for English language
acquisition and language learning.
here for a complete outline of the Oral Interpretation course curriculum.
You will learn to speak publicly in a
convincing, confident and concise style; identify and apply key skills
of effective public speaking; employ an effective five-step method to
create materials that support a compelling speech; keep the audience
focused on you and your message; design interactive questions to engage
your audience; sharpen your public speaking skills by preparing,
rehearsing and integrating personalized feedback. The ability to speak
confidently and deliver a persuasive message is an essential skill for
today's business professionals. This course provides the opportunity to
significantly improve your public speaking skills by practicing and
delivering speeches and presentations in a safe environment with