Orchard Hills Debate Class Session 1

Orchard Hills Debate Class Session 1

New England Academy's Debate Class at Orchard Hills introduces students to the structure of modified parliamentary debate and the fundamentals of argumentation, refutation, and speaking with confidence.  Experienced students will be separated and continue to practice and build upon these fundamental skills. Students in grades 5 through 8 have the opportunity to participate in OCDL workshops and tournaments.

New students are introduced to persuasive public speaking. In addition to an overview of modified parliamentary debate, they are taught the structure of logical arguments and will be given ample practice speaking those arguments.

Intermediate students are guided to improve their confidence and persuasive speaking.  Intermediate skills and practice include introductions and conclusions, analyzing opponents’ arguments for weaknesses, and constructing complex responses to arguments.

Throughout the class, students will engage in multiple debates on different topics.  Topics are relevant and often about current real world issues, yet age appropriate.

This class is intended for students in entering grades 3 through 8.  Students will be separated into introductory elementary and tournament preparation groups and taught in separate classrooms.

Elementary/Introductory Debate  -  for students in grades 3, 4, and 5

Students are introduced to confident, persuasive speaking and logical argument construction.  This class includes regular in class debates with age appropriate topics.

  • Class runs from 1:05 to 2:35pm, Wednesdays
  • Six sessions, August 22 to September 26
  • Class size is limited.
  • Elementary students may attend OCDL Workshop: Saturday, September 15


Intermediate/Tournament Debate -  for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8

This class, for experienced debaters, allows students to compete in OCDL workshops and tournaments.

  • Class runs from dismissal (varies by grade) to 3:05pm, Wednesdays
  • Six sessions, August 22 to September 26
  • Class size is limited.
  • Includes OCDL Workshop: Saturday, September 22


For questions about this class, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Event Properties

Event Date 08-22-2018 1:00 pm
Event End Date 09-26-2018 3:00 pm
Registration Start Date 07-24-2018
Capacity 30
Registered 27
Available spaces 3
Cut off date 09-19-2018
Individual Price $235.00
Orchard Hills School, Room TBA
11555 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92602, USA
Orchard Hills School, Room TBA

Sibling Rate

#Registrants Rate/Person($)
2 205.00
$235.00 3
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