Public Speaking + Debate

Learn how to express yourself publicly in a calm, confident way and how to argue thoughtfully and effectively.

Are you someone who likes to speak in front of lots of people? Or are you the shy type that stays seated in the back? Come learn how to express yourself with calm and confidence, and to argue thoughtfully and effectively. First, you’ll practice speaking in front of our digital group and learn how to stay calm, cool, and collected. Then you’ll move on to debate, where you’ll practice organizing your thoughts, presenting a coherent argument, and following the basic procedures of parliamentary debate. Don’t just sit there — stand up and speak!

This course meets daily for 90 minutes.

In This Course You Will

  • Apply the three appeals — ethical, logical, and emotional — to your rebuttals, arguments, and counterarguments

  • Explore the ethics of various debate techniques and strategies implemented in the political arena

  • Give and receive feedback, and watch yourself on a Zoom recording for a self-critique

  • Play the “Devil’s advocate” to defend and empathize with sides you don’t agree with

Required Materials

Debaters will receive a Curiosity in Action™ box with most necessary materials. Basic grocery store or household items may be required for some sessions. A detailed list of what’s included in your box and other household items can be found here.

This course requires us to ship the Curiosity in Action™ Box to arrive prior to program starting. Due to current international shipping constraints, we are unable to deliver to addresses outside of the continental United States.

We ask that students enrolled in this course have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a stable internet connection. A printer is recommended, but not required.