Speech and Debate
We are very excited to announce that Canyon Grove Academy has decided to start a speech and debate program for our middle school students in partnership with the Wasatch Independent Debate League. It usually costs $400-$500 per year to have a student compete in the Wasatch Independent Debate League, but we are providing this as part of our program for our middle school students! We would love to have your students sign up for the class. Here is what you need to know-
Class Description: Beginning Speech and Debate
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 1-3 pm beginning at the start of the school year
Teacher: Emma Engstrom
Duration: Full school year
Cost: Free for Canyon Grove Students
Estimated Homework Time: Two hours per week.
Age Requirements: Students who are twelve years old at the beginning of the school year can interview for admittance. Students who are thirteen years old or older are allowed to register without an interview.
Class Limit: The class is limited to twenty students, so if you are interested sign up promptly.
How to sign up: Use this link- https://forms.gle/rkL9sYMPZMTbyHAb6
What commitments are associated with the class?:
Attend class weekly
Complete approximately two hours of homework weekly
Students compete in a minimum of four tournaments per year (full day Saturday events)
A parent judges at one tournament per student in the class per year (also full day Saturday events)
Who to contact with questions or to schedule an interview: Emma Engstrom, email@example.com, 385-288-0478
Why speech and debate?
Speech and debate is the best subject to focus on and develop two core skills- critical thinking, and verbal communication. Both of these skills are incredibly important to everyday life, and are also highly sought after by employers. Speech and debate develops these skills by getting kids speaking, debating, constructing and deconstructing arguments, and giving feedback to others every single class. Throughout the course of the class students will learn Impromptu Speaking, Oratory, Student Congress, Extemporaneous, Presidential Debate, and Lincoln Douglas Debate. Along the way students will have the opportunity to develop important skills and habits including identifying the structure of arguments, filtering out bias in one’s own and others arguments, evaluating the strength of positions from a variety of viewpoints, organizing and wording arguments and speeches, being able to speak off the cuff, researching skills, and speaking with confidence. We are so excited for our students to be able to learn these skills.
If you want a more in depth exploration of speech and debate as a core skill, you can take a look at this document here.
About the Wasatch Independent Debate League
The Wasatch Independent Debate League has been bringing speech and debate classes and competitions to middle and high school students on the Wasatch Front since 2008. It hosts robust speech and debate competitions with divisions for beginners as well as advanced competitors. The Wasatch Independent Debate League also provides classes which seek to provide students with experiences which will help them
Develop a set of perspectives that allow students to become comfortable taking risks, learn from failure and success, and prepare to be growth oriented adults.
Develop two core skills that are key to student success in life, namely critical thinking and verbal communication/argument.
Develop a set of perspectives that will allow them to be good citizens including a nuanced way of looking at the world, understanding that there is room for disagreement among reasonable people, and that argument is important to society but is only valuable if those involved can maintain respect for each other.
Gain confidence that they have ideas worth expressing and an ability to impact the world.
Experience a community that provides support for the first four outcomes as well as a healthy social environment.
You can learn more about the Wasatch Independent Debate League here.