Public Speaking & Debate
The Public Speaking & Debate course focused on turning students into capable, efficient debaters, using a variety of contemporary issues, both domestic and international. The course is designed to work on several areas of knowledge, pushing the students to think harder about the issues they hear about everyday, as well as introducing them to topics and concerns that they might not have already considered. The course will challenge their preconceived notions about many of these topics, and will force them to consider viewpoints and arguments that they wouldn't naturally think about, as well as teaching them to quickly access the relative weight of arguments and anticipate critiques.
The course is highly interesting and engaging for students, covering the key topical areas of their generation, including the impact of technology, globalization and political and moral issues. Small class sizes enable students to engage in lively and topical debates with their peers, but also benefit from the close attention of their tutor and receiving personalized support. The course mainly focuses on improving students' ability to persuade, inform and entertain through spoken English. Written English is also improved through written homework tasks, by refining student's argumentative techniques and encouraging them to write more precisely and persuasively. By creating an environment where no answer is 'wrong', the course offers the perfect platform to build students' confidence to ask questions, and think both logically and imaginatively.
Suitable for students in Grade 3-8 or Year 4-9
Level I (Grade 3-4 or Year 4-5); Level II (Grade 5-6 or Year 6-7); Level III (Grade 7-8 or Year 8-9)
Practise and improve both written and verbal communication skills through in-depth public speaking tutorials, writing debate speeches and participating in class debates
Develop a greater understanding of persuasive and informative speaking
Develop logical reasoning & research skills
Learn the art of “thinking on your feet”, making good points and rhetoric in limited time
Learn how to prepare a speech in a short period of time i.e. 5 minutes
Implement rhetorical techniques via body language
Course Structure
The first half of the course focuses on public speaking and with the second half concentrating on debating. Overall, it aims to combine an understanding of effective public speaking and developing those skills to engage appropriately in a debate. Students work both individually and in groups on a variety of reading, speaking and writing assignments designed to develop their skills. The course requires students to think on their feet and develop a thought process that can probe at any given issue, analyze their opponents’ arguments for weak points, and subsequently construct their own arguments.
Level I (Grade 3-4 or Year 4-5) of the course introduces the concept of public speaking and debate to students through a selection of topics that relate to the student's own lives, and the general concerns of younger children growing up in a 21st Century environment. The aim is to help them learn how to form and express their opinions in a more forceful way than children are usually encouraged to, and to teach them how to find weaknesses in their opponents’ arguments.
Example topics for Level I: 'This house believes that dogs are objectively better than cats', 'This house believes that video games can be educational', 'This house believes that peanut butter is gross and disgusting’ etc.
Level II (Grade 5-6 or Year 6-7) of the course features a variety of topics that relate to contemporary issues in Hong Kong, including issues such as the educational system, the many environmental concerns of living in a crowded 21st Century City, as well as some of the trickier topics surrounding the question of immigration and identity.
Example topics for Level II: ‘This house believes that Hong Kong students have too much homework', 'This house believes that private cars should be banned', 'This house believes that Hong Kong should admit more refugees’ etc.
Level III (Grade 7-8 or Year 8-9) is focused more on international issues that help students have a better understanding of the wider world and how they relate to it. All the issues covered in both levels are topics that students will be required to think about eventually, and this course is designed to give them both the thinking skills to analyze an issue from multiple angles, as well as the necessary rhetorical skills to make their case and win the debate.
Example topics for Level III: ‘This house believes that global population growth must be controlled', 'This house believes that democracy is broken', 'This house believes that the United Nations is no longer effective’ etc.
English Courses Schedules
Discount & Offers
Early Bird Discount – Sign up before 12 AUGUST 2019 and enjoy 5% discount.
Term time course discount:
For enrolment of 2 courses, you will enjoy 10% off the second course.
For enrolment of 3 or more courses, you will enjoy 10% off the second course and 15% off the third course and beyond.
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