Public Speaking & Persuasion Workshops
3-Day Online Workshop | July 21 - 23
15 hours of instruction | Fri 2PM-5PM CT | Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM CT
Cost: $249.00/student (need-based financial aid available)
Referral Discount: $25.00/referral
Class Size: 20-30 students
Open to: 6-12th grade (no debate experience required!)
Space is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis!
We pride ourselves on having experienced instructors who bring their expertise and passion for debate to the classroom. Our instructors have a deep understanding of the subject matter and are actively involved in the debate community, ensuring that students receive the highest quality instruction and guidance. With their wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience, our instructors empower students to develop skills that will last a lifetime.
Through interactive activities and engaging discussions, students receive immediate and personalized feedback from our instructors. This real-time feedback allows students to understand their strengths, identify areas for improvement, and make tangible progress in their public speaking abilities. By nurturing a supportive learning environment, we ensure that every student's voice is heard and valued.
2:00PM-3:00PM Opening Ceremony
3:00PM-4:00PM Introduction to Debate
4:00PM-5:00PM Team-building Activities
11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Activity
1:30PM-2:30PM Workshop & Games
2:45PM-3:45PM Workshop & Activity
4:00PM-5:00PM Office Hours
11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Games
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch & Office Hours
1:30PM-3:00PM Practice Rounds
4:30PM-5:00PM Awards & Closing
*All times in CT (Central Time)
Introduction to Debate
Discover what debate is all about! In addition to learning the foundations of debate, students learn how excel in various public speaking opportunities throughout middle school and beyond.
Structure of an Argument
Uncover the secrets to constructing compelling and persuasive arguments in this engaging workshop which offers the building blocks for effective argumentation: claims, warrants, and impacts.
Impacting and Weighing
Learn how to identify the key impacts in a debate and effectively communicate them to an audience.
Techniques to identify and counter arguments from opponents on the fly. Explore different types of refutation and how to dismantle opposing arguments by employing logical reasoning and evidence.
Public Speaking & Confidence
Learn techniques to enhance your public speaking skills and captivate audiences through interactive activities and practice delivering impactful speeches.
Our goal is to provide an high quality, affordable debate education for all. We hope to make Chicago Debate Academy accessible to as many students as possible!
CDA offers need-based financial aid ranging from 10% – 100% of the full program cost for prospective students whose financial circumstances prevent them from meeting the full cost of the program.
To apply, please fill out the Financial Aid Form below and the official registration form above. We will get back to you with the finalized financial aid details within 1-3 business days. For more inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org