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English Debate

Ascent designed different levels of courses according to the debate forms in America. Students will learn different forms of debate, and abilities such as academic preparation, on-the-spot reaction, organization, and presentation skills are trained through practice.

​★ Establish the core concepts and structures of different English debate formats.
​★ Master the skills of discourse and self-expression.
★ Familiar with the process of English debate and can actually participate in debate competitions.

Introduction to Debate Public Forum Policy Debate
This class is ideal for students who are new to debate or need a refresher about the principles of persuasion. This debate course will start with impromptu debates on fun topics to get students excited and includes activities to help students remember key concepts and ideas. As the course progresses, students will learn the structure for Public Forum (PF) debate, which is the most popular debate style in the United States for high school students, and is now popular among middle schools as well. PF style is oriented toward a “lay” audience to ensure that they can communicate and persuade anyone, regardless of whether they are familiar with the topic. The topic changes periodically, so students can learn a wide array of knowledge about the world and develop the ability to defend both sides of each issue.

Goal
  • Each student will compete in a tournament showcase at least once by the end of the semester.
  • They will understand the basics of debate with a focus on a general (non-expert) audience
  • A general grasp of Public Forum structure of debate should be attained by the completion of the class

Curriculum
  • For first year debate students
  • This class will focus on “impromptu” debate topics so students can learn to generate their own logic and arguments
  • Teach framework and elements of debate with a focus on logic and persuasion
  • Presentation and delivery will be incorporated
Novice PF Debate
Goals
  • Each student will compete in a tournament showcase at least once by the end of the semester.
  • They will learn the basics of PF style and evaluate research
Curriculum
  • For those who have completed intro to debate year from grade sixth to eighth
  • Each month the class will learn a new topic for the monthly showcase tournament
  • Teach framework and elements of debate with a focus on logic and research skills
  • Presentation and delivery will be incorporated

Junior Varsity PF Debate
Goals
  • Each student will compete in a tournament showcase at least once by the end of the semester.
  • They will have mastered a deeper understanding of debate fundamentals with PF style
Curriculum
  • For the second year and up to debate students from grade seventh to ninth
  • Each month the class will learn a new topic for the monthly showcase tournament
  • Teach framework and elements of debate with a focus on logic and research skills
  • Presentation and delivery will be incorporated

Varsity PF Debate
Goals
  • Each student should compete in at least one nationally competitive tournament during the semester
  • Produce self-prepared research packets
  • Can master the skills sufficiently to act as a judge for younger debaters
Curriculum
  • For third year and up debate students from grade seventh to twelfth
  • Each month the class will learn a new topic for nationally competitive tournaments
  • Intensive and interactive course with high level of research contribution from students
  • Advanced presentation and delivery at varsity level

Goals

  • Each student should compete in at least one nationally competitive tournament during the semester
  • Produce self-prepared evidence
  • Can persuade both lay and experienced judges

Curriculum

  • For students already familiar with debate
  • Full year topic
  • Intensive and interactive course with high level of research contribution from students
  • Advanced evidence preparation at varsity level