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Intro to Debate - Persuasion and Audience Adaptation

In this course, students will further their knowledge from the intro to debate course in order to better learn how to develop better persuasive skills and learn how to adapt to their audience.
Broome County Debate Alliance
2034 total reviews for this teacher
81 reviews for this class
Completed by 498 learners
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80 minute class
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Students will learn the difference between ethos, pathos, and logos as well as how to combine these persuasive styles effectively in order to best advance their arguments given the audience they're speaking to. They will become better speakers and critical thinkers while learning to listen to their peers and formulate responses. In terms of everyday life, learning how to adapt to one's audience is essential in influencing others effectively through argument.
The BCDA's founder has been run a competitive college debate team for twenty years. He has also run elementary and middle school debate workshops for the past four years both in the US and internationally. We have now taught well over a thousand kids from countries around the world digitally through this platform with great reviews. If for whatever reason you feel the class didn't live up to what you were looking for, please contact us for a refund. We are offering these courses as a way for students to get the benefits of debate and peer-directed education while schools are shutdown. Debate is not necessarily for everyone, but we are confident that if your kid is excited about it they will enjoy this class, and don't want you paying if that's not the case.
No homework is assigned.
Students should come with paper and something to write with. Taking notes on a computer is also entirely fine. A timer is suggested, but not required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be assessed based upon how well they argue their side, respond to their peers, and make comparative analysis.
1 hour 20 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The topics used are ones acceptable for elementary and middle school students. We will not be debating any issues that would be considered off limit at a public school. If there any topics that might be triggering or of particular concern to parents they can feel free to contact the instructor and ask any given topic not be used. No topic will be used that a parent voices an objection to.

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Broome County Debate Alliance
Lives in the United States
Founded by Joe Schatz, Director of Debate at Binghamton University
2034 total reviews
1451 completed classes

About Us

The Broome County Debate Alliance (BCDA) was founded by Joe Schatz. He is the Director of Debate at Binghamton University, holds a PhD in English, and has two kids, ages 12 and 13. His debate program has consistently been ranked in the top ten in... 
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