of South Riding
25160 Loudoun County Pkwy, South Riding, VA 20152 • (703) 957-3037

Public Speaking and Debate Workshops

Speech and debate prepares students for college, a career and their future.

Speech and debate activities focus on the four core zones of literacy: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Utilizing these skills inside and outside of the classroom teaches students the value of critical thinking, the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, to answer questions logically with clarity, and to think on one's feet. Additionally, students develop interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, assertiveness, and listening to peers. These important life skills empower youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.

Introduction to Public Speaking Workshop

The Public Speaking Workshop teaches our students to learn by doing.  We teach techniques, but  we emphasize application.  Our public speaking workshop teaches:  vocal variety, articulation, voice projection, techniques to overcome anxiety, organization skills and critical thinking skills.


Public Speaking 2 & 3

The prerequisite for this class is Introduction to Public Speaking Workshop.  In Public Speaking 2 & 3 workshops, students continue with more advanced training and learn more advanced forms of speech.  This course allows kids to develop competitive strategies to strengthen their debating skills.  Techniques taught will not only improve their speaking but will grow their communication and analytical skills as well.

Debate Workshop

The prerequisite for this class is Introduction to Public Speaking Workshop.  The Introduction to Debate Workshop teaches  the fundamentals of argumentation, enabling kids to develop core debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem.   We divide students up by age and experience level.  The curricula of our debate workshops  aim to equip children to structure arguments, prepare debate cases, research evidence, write rebuttal briefs, deliver speeches, and refute opponents.

We focus on 10 critical areas that all debaters must show proficiency in before they leave camp:

1.       Effective Evidence Comparison

2.       Winning Impact Calculations

3.       Appropriate Time Allocations

4.       Successful Issue Selection

5.       Word Economy

6.       Strategic Crossfire Techniques

7.       Advanced Focus on End Game Strategy

8.       Advanced Case Construction

9.       Advanced Rebuttal Brief Development


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