Confident Debate

Improve your child’s critical thinking, research, speaking, and listening skills with our Debate classes and camps! Classes and camps are hosted in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Fremont, Milpitas, Dublin, San Mateo, Foster City, and Burlingame. Max of 12 students per class or camp.

These classes are excellent stand-alone classes, developing skills used in formal and competitive debate, in day-to-day communication – as both a speaker and a listener – and in research. They are also a great way to build on a student’s experiences with our Public Speaking classes, developing many of the same skills in new directions.

For ages 9-10 and 11-14

Is there a class you’d like to take, but the timing doesn’t quite work out? Contact us at 408-777-8876 or info@communicationacademy.com to ask about adding a class to our schedule!

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Course Descriptions

Public Forum

Ensure an academic edge! Debate enhances reading comprehension, increases GPA, and looks excellent on college applications! Public Forum, the first course in our ongoing Debate/Critical Thinking Club Series, sets the foundation for strong debate skills. Students experience the thrill of debate, practice useful skills for making their voices heard, and improve their teambuilding talents, all while they:

  • Discover the purpose, value, and format of debate.
  • Practice evaluating evidence.
  • Improve active listening.
  • Exercise critical thinking.
  • Develop more organized reasoning skills.
  • Sharpen persuasive skills.

Congressional

Ensure an academic edge! Debate enhances reading comprehension, increases GPA, and looks excellent on college applications. Student Congress, the second course in our ongoing Debate/Critical Thinking Club Series, is a mock legislative session. Students are assigned to “houses” where they debate pre-assigned “bills” or “resolutions.” Students research and prepare arguments for and against mock legislation, as well as making decisions to approve or negate such legislation based on their arguments, all while learning to:

  • Analyze debatable issues.
  • Research topics.
  • Organize ideas.
  • Make thoughtful, engaging, and clear presentations.
  • Listen actively.
  • Take thorough notes.

Parliamentary

Ensure an academic edge! Debate enhances reading comprehension, increases GPA, and looks excellent on college applications. Parliamentary Debate, the third course in our ongoing Debate/Critical Thinking Club Series, features the world’s most popular form of debate. Focusing on extemporaneous debate, which allows only a limited preparation time, the class teaches how to prepare quickly without sacrificing quality, explore new topics, all while students improve their ability to:

  • Analyze debatable issues.
  • Respond quickly.
  • Organize ideas efficiently.
  • Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Listen actively.
  • Take thorough notes.

Team Debate

Ensure an academic edge! Debate enhances reading comprehension, increases GPA, and looks excellent on college applications! Team Debate, the final course in our ongoing Debate/Critical Thinking Club Series, secures foundational skills while exploring cooperative debate. While students perform debate in teams, they:

  • Explore and master the purpose, value, and format of debate.
  • Practice evaluating evidence.
  • Improve active listening.
  • Exercise critical thinking.
  • Develop more organized reasoning skills.
  • Sharpen persuasive skills.