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Social Studies

Debate and Public Dialogue

In this 4-week online course, students will learn about effective communication strategies used in debate and public dialogue. The course culminates in a Mock Debate, held during the final class period. Who will come out on top?!
Hope Koumentakos
2 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn:

-The difference between public dialogue and debate and why they are both important
-How to employ the Socratic method in both private and public dialogues, and why it is a useful methodology
-Debate strategies (to be used in formal debate settings) such as logos, pathos, and ethos, as well as technical strategies such as diction, clarity, hand motions, taking strategic pauses, etc.
-How to work successfully with a debate team over an extended amount of time
-How to conduct research on a specific topic over an extended amount of time
-How to look at a topic from various angles and understand the opposing point of view
While in college, I was the Head Delegate to Harvard University’s annual international Model United Nations conference. My team also took home the winning title in the highly publicized Jerusalem and Athens Forum annual debate. Beyond undergraduate studies, I have continued to be a devout student of Plato’s accounts of Socrates as well as Aristotle, Aquinas, and other ancient and classic exceptional orators. In my work as a freelance web designer and copy writer, I have also helped several small businesses, nonprofits, and agencies to incorporate the concepts of effective oration and logic into their public materials.
Learners will be responsible for researching a specific topic outside of class. They should devote 1 hour per week to gathering research to be shared with their debate team. Some students might choose to do additional work if the debate topic piques their interest, but this is not mandatory.
Please bring a notebook, writing utensil, and a phone, tablet, or laptop with internet access.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Hope KoumentakosWriter and Educator, B.A. in Political Science, M.Ed. Candidate
2 total reviews
2 completed classes

About Me

Hi friends! My name is Hope, and I am a writer and educator based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. My experience is diverse. I have worked in web design, women’s rights initiatives, community development and outreach, copy writing, and... 
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