- Are you a Tamil student aged 12 – 16?
- Do you get nervous talking in front of a group of people?
- Are you keen to improve your public speaking skills?
- Do you want to be more persuasive with your delivery?
Every Wednesday we will be running a 45-minute session where you can enhance your public speaking skills which will prepare you for interviews, university and your future professional lives.
8 Week debate coaching for 12 to 15 year olds.
Week 1: Introduction to Debating
- Objective: Understand what debate is and its importance.
- Introduction to the concept of debating.
- Discuss famous debates in history.
- Basic terminology in debating (motion, proposition, opposition, etc.).
- Fun ice-breaker debate on a simple topic.
Week 2: Research Skills
- Objective: Learn how to research and gather information.
- Workshop on effective research techniques.
- Understanding credible sources.
- Group activity to research a given topic and present findings.
Week 3: Constructing Arguments
- Objective: Learn to construct coherent and persuasive arguments.
- Explanation of argument structure (claim, evidence, warrant).
- Group exercises to build arguments on various topics.
- Peer review of constructed arguments.
Week 4: Refutation Techniques
- Objective: Learn to counter arguments effectively.
- Understanding the concept of refutation.
- Exercises on identifying weaknesses in arguments.
- Practice sessions with mock debates focusing on refutation.
Week 5: Public Speaking Skills
- Objective: Enhance public speaking and presentation skills.
- Public speaking tips and tricks.
- Exercises focusing on voice modulation, body language, and eye contact.
- Short speeches on random topics.
Week 6: Organizing a Debate
- Objective: Understand debate format and organization.
- Detailed explanation of a formal debate structure (e.g., British Parliamentary, Lincoln-Douglas).
- Role-playing different positions in a debate.
- Mock debate in chosen format.
Week 7: Advanced Debating Techniques
- Objective: Learn advanced debating skills.
- Introduction to advanced rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies.
- Analyzing videos of competitive debates.
- Practice debates with feedback focusing on advanced techniques.
Week 8: Final Debate Tournament
- Objective: Apply learned skills in a debate tournament.
- Organizing an in-class debate tournament.
- Students prepare and participate in a series of debates.
- Feedback session and award ceremony.
Each session should be interactive, with a mix of theory and practical exercises. Encourage students to express their opinions freely and respectfully, and ensure a supportive environment where every student feels comfortable participating.