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IvyClimbing: Novice Speech & Debate Camp (5-day)

By guowen - Posted on 16 May 2012


Novice Speech & Debate Camp (updated)


Wan Qiu ChenHey everyone,


Thank you for the many emails and phone calls we got about the grade level of the participants for our upcoming summer week-long Novice Speech and Debate Camp. Now we've added the information below (in green). In addition, for those of you who could not open the Course Description in PDF format, we've pasted the Full Course Description below for your information.



  • June 11-15, 2012 (Monday - Friday, 5 days), OR
  • June 18-22, 2012 (Monday - Friday, 5 days)

Who should attend?

  • Rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
  • Students with no prior background in Speech & Debate
  • Students who want to get a head start in Speech and Debate before joining a Club
  • Students who aspire to explore different kinds of Speech and Debate options

Enrollment Cap: 20


Tuition: $595 (including class materials, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments)


Thank you for your interest!


Wan Q. Chen

President and Founder


Camp Descriptions:


The Novice Speech & Debate Week is designed to introduce the beginner students to several of the spontaneous events that form the core of competitive speech & debate at area high schools. We begin with a basic introduction to spontaneous and extemporaneous speaking skills and to each of the competitive events, then advance into event-specific discussions in each of the four areas covered, and finish with practice time in each. Practices can be videotaped using student devices for continued development of skills after the class has finished.


Mornings run from 9:00 - 12:30 and afternoons 1:30 - 4:30. Each day, breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Please bring whatever you need (e.g. sweater) for spending the day with us.


Day 1   Morning:         Essentials of Effective Public Speaking

            Afternoon:       Essentials of Effective Presenting


Day 2   Morning:         Introduction to Spontaneous Speaking

            Afternoon:       Introduction to Debate Events


Day 3   Morning:         Intro to Parliamentary Debate

            Afternoon:       Practice Rounds of Debate - Parliamentary


Day 4   Morning:         Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate

            Afternoon:       Practice Rounds of Debate - Lincoln Douglas


Day 5   Morning:         Intro to Extemporaneous Speaking with practice

                                            Afternoon:         Intro to Impromptu Speaking with practice


Camp Registration:


1st Session: June 11-15, 2012 (Monday - Friday) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Register 1st Session Now


2nd Session: June 18-22, 2012 (Monday - Friday) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Register 2nd Session Now


Full Course Description:


Essentials of Effective Public Speaking  

This session presents fundamental speaking skills and techniques for managing nervousness, and engages students in exercises to build speaking confidence. Students will deliver short, well structured speeches to start our week.


Essentials of Effective Presentation

Students will explore different ways presentations are delivered. They will also learn techniques to make their audience a part of their presentations other than just listen. This is a general course in which we will explore all of the elements that go into skillful presentation.


Introduction to Spontaneous Speaking   
Being prepared to speak on a topic with very little time to prepare can set you apart from others. In this session we will review each of the three spontaneous events used in competition Extemporaneous, Impromptu, and SpAr (Spontaneous Argumentation). As time allows, we will practice spontaneous speaking skills.


Introduction to Debate Events  

The ability to defend one's ideas is critical to influencing and motivating others. In this session we will review two specific types of debate that are most "user friendly" - the Lincoln Douglas, and the Parliamentary styles of debate. 


Introduction to Parliamentary Debate  

Parliamentary debate is spontaneous; topics change for every debate. Two-person teams use the time before the round starts to write a case for the given resolution. The session will include rules, topic analysis and case writing.


Practice Rounds of Debate - Parliamentary 

This session will be dedicated to prep time and practice sessions with performance feedback.


Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate

This session will focus on one-on-one debating. This type of debate deals with philosophical values and what ought to be, rather than on what is or should be. The session will include rules, topic analysis and case writing.


Practice Rounds of Debate - Lincoln Douglas  

This session will be dedicated to prep time and practice sessions with performance feedback.


Introduction to Extemporaneous Speaking

"Extemp" is a limited-prep speech that analyzes and answers a question that addresses a current issue. We will explore the rules, topic analysis, organizing your speech. As time allows, we will practice using limited research.


Intro to Impromptu Speaking   

In competition, this type of speaking involves limited preparation, and your topic can widely vary from round to round. Being skilled at this type of speaking has positive impact for students throughout their college years and beyond. 


Download a full course description (PDF)

About the Instructor - Teri YoungTeri Young 


Teri brings a passion for working with high school and early college students and two decades of experience teaching students to think on their feet and communicate effectively. Teri has a Juris Doctor focusing on Oral Advocacy events and Moot Court competitions. After building a career as environmental counsel, she left legal practice to pursue her interests in critical thinking and oral communication, which led to a Master's degree in Communication Studies. In addition to teaching communication studies at several universities and colleges in Ohio and California, Teri has extensive experience as an avid debater, coaching high school and college academic speech and debate programs. She has prepared her teams to compete in tournaments at Stanford, UC Berkley, and across the country. Teri served as faculty at San Jose State University for eight years and at De Anza College for twelve years.  


Teri also teaches a one-day class How to Say It with Tact and Displomacy for teens in grade 9-12. The tuition is $259 (including class materials, morning refreshments, and lunch). Class cap is 20. We have only a few seats left. Grab them before they're gone.  


Class Registration:
1st Session: Saturday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Single Day Course)
2nd Session: Sunday, July 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Single Day Course Repeated)

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