Debate is a natural progression of both speech and logical thinking. In this course, we focus on the socratic method. This can be defined as “a form of a cooperative argumentative dialogue between two or more individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and draw out more ideas and underlying presuppositions.” This course is offered in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Top performers may be invited to the competition group.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: Public speaking is the highest ranked fear among adults—75% according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Even the best logicians will struggle to perform well if they can’t transfer their thoughts into speech. Therefore, verbal performance is a core skill in this class.
SOCRATIC METHOD: This is the way arguments will be examined and structured. The socratic method is the base of all debate forms, and has been the gold-standard for over 2,000 years.
THE FOUR P’s: These are the pillars of public speaking; planning, preparation, practice and performance. Students will learn about each step in the four p’s through practical application. They will be used to help transform socratic theory into debate-ready speech.
Ms. Madeleine Woods
Madeleine holds a Master's in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a B.S. from Harvard University. She was one of four Harvard Students chosen every year to attend Cambridge as a Harvard-Cambridge scholar, Highest Honors Candidate, Emmanuel College Scholar Distinction awarded to dissertation.
She received the Highest Honors Candidate in Two Departments, Harvard Scholar Designation Awards, Fulbright Scholarship, Harvard-Cambridge Scholar, Marshall Scholar Finalist, David Rockefeller International Experience Fund Grant and many other fellowships, prized and distinguished awards.
With her strong language arts background, Madeleine loves to motivate students in questing knowledge, and inspire them to express their own opinions logically and confidently.
Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm PST
RETURN & REFUND POLICY
Tuitions are not refundable. Students may transfer the class credit to other classes. Please contact us for details.
Class schedule is subject to change due to teacher's availability and other emergencies.