Is this for all students or just the high academic achievers?
Train to Speak debating workshops can be run for a select group of students or for a whole year level. Train to Speak debating workshops break down the process of debating making it easy to understand by all abilities to learn to debate which makes it fun and accessible to EVERY student. Differentiation is available to cater for students from those with special learning needs through to the high achievers. Student’s needs will be discussed with the class teacher prior to the workshop commencement.
What topics do the students debate?
We have a library of topics which can be debated varying in complexity. What is recommended however is to choose a topic that your class is currently studying, re-enforcing the curriculum being studied. An assessment rubric is available at no extra charge if teachers would like to use the debate as an assessment task.
Are the students given feedback?
There are no wrongs in this class, every student gets positive and constructive personal feedback to develop their persuasive speaking skills and develop their authentic speaking style.
Is this the same style of debating they will do in secondary school?
Yes, students learn to debate the Australia-Asia style of debating which is used extensively throughout Victorian secondary schools. This is a head start for your students to learn in a friendly supportive environment how to debate. When they enter secondary school they will have the skills to enter the Debating Association Victoria’s inter school competition. Over 10,000 secondary students take part in this competition each year.
It’s been years since I debated, as a teacher do I need to study up on my debating skills?
No need to study up on debating. Included in the workshop is all debating instruction, no prior knowledge is required by the students or class teacher. All handouts and worksheets are provided. Workshops include interactive discussion and exercises. Clear instruction is given to the class teacher and students of their requirements before the next session.
Is all the student debate preparation done in the workshops?
No, a deeper understanding of the topic comes when the students go away and really think the topic through. They may research the internet, books, media, do surveys or speak to their parents. Some extra class time will be required to be scheduled between workshops for the students to meet as teams and prepare. The 4 session workshop model can be extended up to 6 sessions at an additional charge to include preparation time if preferred by the school.
Can parents come to watch the debate?
Parents are most welcome in my classes but ultimately this depends on the policy of the school. The debates are usually scheduled during school hours but can be scheduled in the evenings if preferred.