Public Speaking/Debate

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Public speakerPublic speaking has been rated the worst fear in adults. Why not conquer that fear as a child when inhibitions are low and learning new skills comes naturally? Our children will be required to make presentations and command an audience as soon as junior high. As they go through higher levels of education presentation skills become the key to success. Through engaging interactive games and fun activities, students will learn to get past their fear, embrace their audience, write and deliver an effective speech, and improvise. Students will be coached, recorded, and critiqued individually. Class will culminate with a speech presentation for family and friends.

Speaking CampOur Speak Easy students have learned the skills and confidence to present a speech. Speak Easy II hones those new skills through on your feet and creative improvisation, impactful and persuasive speech writing, fun activities and more precise feedback through peer, coach and video evaluation.  Class will culminate with a persuasive speech presentation for family and friends. Prerequisite recommended: Speak Easy I 

Debate PreparationOur Speak Easy students have acquired the skills and confidence to present a speech. It’s Debatable! takes their speaking skills to the next level. Learning to debate a topic helps students grasp many essential critical thinking and presentation skills. Through fun content, silly and serious topics, and teamwork students will make logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence. Students will learn that opinions have reasons, that some reasons are better than others, and that nothing is as simple as it seems.  Prerequisite: Speak Easy I or II

Debating togetherWhy not make a year out of it? Take all three classes to get the ultimate experience in speaking!  We suggest that After-School Enrichment Coordinators schedule the total year series in their line-up of after-school classes.  Offer Speak Easy I in the fall to get the basics then immediately follow up with Speak Easy II in the winter to hone their craft with more practice and specific feedback.   Wrap up the end of the year with putting those public speaking skills to the test with debate in the spring.  It’s a win-win!