Irving Debate League
2nd & 4th Mondays, 7pm-9pm
Christ Church Irving
1750 E Airport Fwy., Irving, TX 75062
Limit 16 students.
Recommended for Ages 10-16
No prerequisite required to enroll in this club.
We combine the learning of advanced debating skills with quick, fun, and creative games, activities, and debate sparring to learn the relevant skills to succeed in any competitive format of debate.
We emphasize structuring a case, referred to as the “Constructive,” developing a “Framework” (how the judge should decide the winner), understanding your opponents’ case through “Cross-Examination,” effective techniques for “Rebuttal”, and how to summarize and convey your win to the judge.
While members learn to conduct full competitive debates, we frequently mix in debate sparring sessions which are short, fun, and easy, one-, two-, or three-person debates on topics that don’t require deep research, e.g., “School uniforms should be required,” “The rise of selfies is a troubling cultural problem,” “Whataburger vs. In-N-Out,” etc.
Useful skills like speaking clearly, note-taking (referred to as flowing), thinking on your feet, organizing your thoughts, being creative and adapting, and determining what is relevant in material are also developed.
Light to moderate homework is assigned to help reinforce what’s been learned and prep for debates.
Activities and videos have been specially developed to get new members up to speed. This allows us to accept new members year-round as long as we have space in the club.
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