For students looking to level up

Our Flagship Session is a 2-week program designed for Lumos Alumni that are looking for an extra challenge. Flagship offers a more intensive focus on researching, writing, and debating. Students are required to be at least eighth grade, and must have previously attended a 2-week Lumos summer debate program, or have other debate experience. Our Accel Session is a 1-week program that is designed for highly motivated Lumos Alumni who are looking to polish their debate skills over this short 1-week period. Accel consists of three days of preparation, and two days of debating in the tournament. The Accel Session is our most intensive debate offering.

Age Range

13 - 15 Years Old

Hours

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Skill Level

Advanced

Prerequisites

None

Length

1 week or 2 weeks

Tuition

1-week Session = $800 and 2-week Session = $1550

Please note, there is a $75 per-week surcharge for our UES sessions due to a higher cost of rent in these locations. For all locations, we will not be running class on July 4th. Sessions that include July 4th will be receiving a pro-rated discount, which will be applied in June (in case you need to change dates before then).
TOPIC AREAS

Each session will center on one of the following topic areas. Please note, younger students will have lots of personal coaching, and will focus on simplified versions of these topic areas, so that they can feel comfortable learning about debate at their level.

Global Current Events: the 2019 topic will be: "On Balance, the Rise of China is Beneficial to the Interests of the United States". Students will learn about economic policy, diplomacy, trade, international geopolitics, and military investment. We encourage students (especially in ACCEL) to get started researching. Click here for a list of arguments and articles that students can use to get started researching.

Economic Policy & Trade: the 2019 topic will be: "On Balance, the Benefits of Globalization Outweigh the Harms". Students will learn about globalization, trade policy, and economic interdependence. Students will discuss the benefits and harms of offshoring, will learn about the effects of global trade on local economies, and learn how the United States partners and competes with other nations on the global stage. We encourage students (especially in ACCEL) to get started researching. Click here for a list of arguments and articles that students can use to get started researching.

Foreign Aid and Policy: the 2019 topic will be: "The US Federal Government should significantly decrease foreign aid expenditures in favor of domestic spending." in this topic area, students learn about the effects of foreign aid, including developmental aid, humanitarian aid, and military aid. Students will learn about the importance of foreign aid as a policy tool, but also as a humanitarian good. A list of articles will be published soon!

Advanced Technique

Students who have mastered the basics learn to formulate more advanced arguments and high-level strategy. They prepare for rounds high school and college debate style, through repetition and drills. More intensive research and calculated language, they are able to reach and persuade judges of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Some judges prefer highly technical, fast argumentation; others are listening for compelling rhetoric, eye contact, and body language. Great debaters adapt to their judge.

Students learn to be polite yet assertive in cross-examination. These speeches affects speaker points more than any other and it is essential to stay calm and poised in no matter what the opponent does.

Tournament Preparation

Students practice the challenging summary and final focus speech, learning to make tactical decisions and prioritize arguments. Students also practice polishing their delivery, poise, and cross-examinations in a debate round, in order to maximize their speaker points, which are crucial to tournament seeding and break-rounds.

Some judges prefer highly technical, fast argumentation; others are listening for compelling rhetoric, eye contact, and body language. Great debaters adapt to their judge.

The most challenging skill for rising debaters is learning to see the big picture, and understand the overall narrative of the round: what is the judge focused on right now?

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