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 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: Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Sundays from 4-6pm 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 33% discount. Additional sessions will be announced in mid-February.
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
Our two week session runs from July 5 - 16, July 19 - 30, and August 2 - 13 on weekdays, 9am - 4pm. Learn from successful college students how to debate, working on argument structure, research skills, and presentation. Engage in interactive lectures and discussions and apply what you've learned in practice activities. Participate in over ten full-length debates, showing off your skills in a tournament at the end of the Institute.
The one week session runs from July 5 - 9, July 19 - 23, and August 2 - 6. This shortened program emphasizes argumentative reasoning and presentation skills. Students will participate in four full-length debates, as well as interactive discussions and a suite of fun exercises to practice and hone skills.
This year, we are a piloting a half-day program, running from July 5 - 16 from 9am - 12pm. Like the one week session, it emphasizes argumentation and presentation. By the end of the second week, students will have had at least four full-length debates, and developed key presentation skills.
In each session, experienced students will enjoy an advanced curriculum with high school-level theory, argumentative techniques, and additional debates.
Our aim is hold the summer program in-person, which we intend to do if a vaccine is widely distributed by June. Given the present uncertainty, registrants will sign up for an online version (the same we ran last summer, with positive student feedback). If we determine it would be safe to hold an in-person program, students will have the option to choose between in-person and remote instruction. We intend to make a final decision on this by late spring.
Please email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Introduction to Topic of the Day: Standardized Testing - Good or Bad?
Interactive Discussion on Standardized Testing's Pros and Cons
Tag Team Mini-Debates on Standardized Testing
Evidence Comparison: What Makes a Good, Trustworthy Source?
Evidence Analysis and Debate Preparation
Practice Debate - full-length debate on standardized testing with individualized feedback
Workshop - specialized programming to build argument structure and presentation skills
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, December 29, 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.
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