Why kids need to practice debate

Debate is a competitive sport of reasoning using the art of persuasion to convince judges/opponents. In a similar way athletes would compete in different sports, competitive debaters use their solid and persuasive speech to win over judges. The ultimate value of debate is to develop a competitive drive, an unstoppable desire to succeed, and learn how to triumph over adversity and challenges.

Debate provides a platform for young students to learn how to deliver persuasive, logical and structured arguments. This practice enables them to master important skills used in a daily life or at school, such as public speaking, essay writing, critical thinking, and informational research. By routinely practicing debate and participating in tournaments at all levels, you will notice that your child will develop or improve on their confidence, self-esteem, social and political awareness, team work, leadership abilities, understanding of diplomacy and international issues. Eventually, debaters will excel in their current school study and future career development.

Debate Classes

Students from grade 7 to 12 can obtain different levels of debating skills by attending classes suitable for them. The coaches tailor a common curriculum to the needs of each class.  Normally, each debate class will consist of the basic components such as topic information, topic discussion, and debating practice. All students will be learning the following basic skills with more or less focus based on the debate levels:

Structure – How to organize arguments
Analysis – How to fabricate a critical and solid point
Style – How to present a persuasive and clarified speech
Strategy –  How to set up an effective strategy to catch judge's attention
Format – Introduce different formats used in debating tournaments
Knowledge – information research on different global topics, such as economic, politic and legal systems, culture, human right, etc.

Currently, DeRin Education offers 5 levels of debate classes:

Beginner: Introduction to the debate way of thinking and style, researching topics, adopting and summarizing a position, defending a position or claim, understanding and using arguments and counter-arguments, using evidence and counter-examples, understanding the parliamentary debate procedure.

Intermediate 1: Becoming comfortable with debate, introducing more complicated topics, preparing for local tournaments.

Intermediate 2: Preparing for local tournaments.

Advanced 1 and 2 : Preparing for local and national tournaments.

2020 Spring term 

Beginner's class (for Gr. 6-10 students without debate experience)  From April 10  to June 26, 12 lessons in total

Time: Fridays from 6:00-8:00        Location: Zoom online 

Please fill out this form to register DeRin's Essay writing program (8-10 kids)

2020 Winter term schedules

Beginner's class (for Gr. 7-11 students without debate experience)

2:45-4:45 on Sundays, from Jan. 12 to April 26 ,  12  lessons in total, No classes on Family day weekend (Feb 16),  March Break weekends (March 15 and 22) and Easter Sunday (April 12)

Please fill the form in this link to register  (Full)

Intermediate 1 (for Gr. 7-11 students , for students who completed beginner's classes or have debate and public speaking experience)

6:15-8:15  on Wednesdays,  from Jan 8 to April 29 , 16  lessons in total, No class during March Break

Please fill the form in this link to register (Full)

Intermediate 2  (for students who completed Intermediate 1)

Time: 5:30-7:30 on Tuesdays, from January 7 and April 28, 16 lessons in total, No class during March Break 

Please fill the form in this link to register  (Full )

Advanced 1:   For students who were in intermediate 2 level (Full)

Time: 5:10-7:10 on Thursdays, from  January 9 to April 30, 16  lessons in total, No class during March Break

Advanced 2 :  For students who are in advanced level   (Full)

Time: 7:25-9:25  on Thursdays, from  January 9 to April 30, 16  lessons in total, No class during March Break

2019 Fall schedules

Beginner's class (for Gr. 7-11 students , no debate experience required)

Time: 6:30-8:30  on Wednesdays,  from Sept 11 to Dec 18 , 15  lessons in total (Full)

Time: 2:30-4:30  on Saturdays from Sept 14 to Dec 14 , 13  lessons in total (No lesson on Thanksgiving weekend) (Full)

Intermediate 1  (for students who completed beginner's classes)

Time: 5:30-7:30 on Tuesdays, from Sept 10 to Dec 17, 15 lessons in total (Full)

Intermediate 2:   For students who are in intermediate level

Time: 5:10-7:10 on Thursdays, from  Sept 12 to Dec 19, 15  lessons in total (Full)

Advanced class:  7:15-9:15 (For students who are in advanced level )  

Time: 7:15-9:15 on Thursdays, from  Sept 12 to Dec 19 , 15  lessons in total (Full)

Our coaches

Our coaches are competitive debaters themselves at national and international university levels and all of them are experienced debate coaches for university and middle/high school students.

Our occasional guest coach, B. Schmidt has been teaching and competing at debate tournaments for more than 7 years. As a debater, he competed for Western University and the University of Toronto, achieving multiple speaker awards and tournament victories both in Canada and abroad. He has taught and trained debaters of all ages, ranging from students as young as grade 6 to some of the best university debaters in Canada and the United States. As a debater and instructor, he has a wide range of experience in debate and is well respected in the high school and university debating circuits throughout North America.

S. Shahzad,  has been debating since Grade 7. It has been an integral part of his growth as a person. He has been training novice debaters at his high school for about 3 years now in his capacity as a club executive. He has been a Novice Runner-Up of the Asian School Debating Championship held in Malaysia in 2015 and has won the Pre-Worlds School Debating Championship 2017 in Bangladesh, as well as multiple other high school and Open tournaments.

J. Ahmed started debating in Grade 8 and she has been involved in debate ever since. She has been a debate coach at her school for a year, and has won multiple championships, finalists and best speaker awards. Within her debating experience in both Asia and North America, her most notable achievements include Semifinalist and 2nd best high school speaker of the Asian British Parliamentary debate tournament 2018, and Finalist of Hart House High Schools 2019. She also has experience in judging school/university tournaments. In Oct. 2019, Jumanah and and her teammate Jeffrey from the University of Waterloo made it to novice Semi Finals at the North American University Debating Championship 2019. They were able to win against many prestigious institutions. It is the largest tournament in North America and was held in Hobart William Smith College (Geneva, New York).

I. Xu has been debating for 8 years since Grade 9. She was selected to be on Team China for World Schools Debating Championships in high school. Her most notable debating achievements in university include winning Hart House IV, the most competitive British Parliamentary tournament in Canada, and making semifinals at North American Women and Gender Minorities Debate Championships and Cornell IV. She also broke as a judge and served as a chief adjudicator at various tournaments. She had experience running training lessons in both high school and university.

C. Zhang has been involved in public speaking since Grade 10. In High school, he was a Model UN delegate where he represented his high school at the Southern Ontario MUN conference. He was also a representative at his school's student government. Since entering university, he has been debating for the past 3 years. He's experienced in helping novices develop an interest in debating as well as teaching new debaters.


DeRin Debate Girls 

Melissa and Scott won 3rd place at Appleby Junior debate tournament

Debate Tournament at University of Western Ontario 
Students at a debate class

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