Programs

FALL SESSSION 2021

Join LDI for our 2021 Fall Session! Learn from experienced high school debaters about persuasive speaking, argument construction, effective research, and so much more. This session will run from October to December on Thursday 3:30-5:30 and Saturday 1:00-3:00. Thursday classes will held in-person at Lexington High School with accordance to COVID guidelines and Saturday classes will be held on Zoom. This session is open to students who are just beginning debate as well as students with experience who want to advance their skills. Students have the option to attend for just one month, two months, or all three.

Pricing-

1 month: $300

2 months: $575

3 months: $800

Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/L3eBZJB2vxSyKaqL7 if you're interested and email lexdebateinstitue@gmail.com with any questions!

The Institute

Attend the Lexington Debate Institute from October 7th to December 23rd, from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Lexington High school on Thursdays, or from October 2nd to December 18th from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Saturdays online. This three month program will allow us to go in depth into reasoning skills, hone philosophical knowledge and allow us to have many practice debates with feedback from our qualified judges.

The one or two month programs will run within the timeframe of the three month program. This shortened program emphasizes argumentative reasoning and presentation skills. Students will participate in full-length debates, as well as interactive discussions and a suite of fun exercises to practice and hone skills.

In each session, experienced students will enjoy an advanced curriculum with high school-level theory, argumentative techniques, and additional debates.

 

On Saturdays, we will hold our program online (just as we did last year, with positive student feedback). Depending on safety and the progression of the virus, we may have a few select in-person programming events, optional for students to attend. If we do hold in-person events, they will be onsite at Lexington High School.

 

On Thursdays, we will hold our program in person. We will follow Massachusetts Department of Health guidelines, exceeding CDC standards. The safety of our program hinges on adherence to these guidelines. Our commitment to health comes first, and we will revise logistics if necessary to maintain student safety.

Please email us with any questions at lexdebateinstitute@gmail.com.

Spring Club

Starting this January, students will gain further exposure to debate through practice debates, discussions on theory, and exercises to advance argument comprehension. The club will be run online and in person, and there are no expectations for students to complete homework outside of class. The program has three sections: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

There are two programs: Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm and Sundays from 1-63pm Eastern. On every fourth week, we will meet for an extra hour to hold a mock tournament.

Students can sign up for individual sessions (Jan/Feb, Feb/Mar, Mar/Apr) or for all three sessions for a discount. Additional sessions will be announced in mid-February. Pricing will work the same as for the fall sessions, for both remote and in person options.

Beginner: designed for students without experience

Intermediate: designed for students with a summer or more of experience

Advanced: designed for students with two summer's experience

Information Sessions

Though we heartily recommend our Institute, we understand the gravity of the decision for how your child spends their summer. That's why we'll be hosting multiple information sessions in the coming months, so you and your child have a chance to see what the Institute would be like, and make sure it is the right choice for you. We won't be able to get into the depth of instruction that we'll guarantee over the summer, but hopefully it will help you and your child get an idea of what we aim to achieve by the end of the Institute.

Dates, Times, locations

Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-8:00pm Eastern - Zoom Link

Check back soon for additional dates/times! Below, sign up to attend a session or get notifications as new times are announced:

Lexington Debate Clinic

The Lexington Debate Clinic offers a low-commitment opportunity to learn and practice the basics of debate, including persuasion, argument structure, and critical reasoning. We will also walk through a demonstration debate from successful high school and college debaters.

Sign up below to receive information about the spring clinic as we plan logistics!