Speech & Debate (Introduction)
Grades 9 & up
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This introductory speech and argumentative debate class explores a variety of speech and debate events, including individual and partner argumentative debate, current events, creative writing, and acting. Once all types of speech and debate are introduced, students have the opportunity to focus on the debate event(s) that interest them the most or continue the exploration of all of them. The course focuses on the basics of effective communication, public speaking, logical reasoning, and argumentation. Students learn different strategies for research, outlining, writing, and speech delivery. In this course, students also learn how to listen critically, react to what they hear, and form arguments. We will pay close attention to critical thinking, reasoning skills, and asking the "right" questions of ourselves and of others. Students learn the art of justifying a position, obtaining useful data, pinpointing real issues, and creating polished speeches. Students prepare and support arguments with evidence, logic, and comparisons. This course is especially appropriate for students who are interested in careers in law, politics, public service, education, business, the ministry, or any position requiring leadership and advocacy activities.
This 3-week semester course is offered for first time credit, for credit grade replacement, or for non-credit enrichment in preparation for taking the course in the future. Please check with your school regarding credit from outside institutions.
Session 3B: 7/26/21 - 8/13/21 (12:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) (EST) - 0.50 credit
Meet Bo Lint+
Bo Lint earned his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of West Florida. A former competitor himself, Bo is now the Director of Speech and Debate at American Heritage School. Bo teaches the middle school and high school courses at both the introductory and advanced levels. Bo's students have reached elimination rounds or championed tournaments such as Yale, Florida Blue Key, the Glenbrooks, George Mason, Harvard, NCFL Nationals, and the NSDA National Tournament. He specializes in Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Original Oratory.
Meet Stephanie Anderson+
Stephanie Anderson currently teaches English courses at the middle and high school levels. She also coaches the lower school and middle school Speech and Debate Team on the Palm Beach Campus and is enjoying being part of our award-winning team. Prior to joining the American Heritage faculty, Stephanie was A.D. Henderson/FAU High School's District Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021. She earned her Master’s Degree in English from the University of Michigan.
Additional Course Information+
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.
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