Each semester, our students make new friends, learn about new current event topics, and get lots of public speaking practice! Students work with their teammates to research arguments, write cases, and prepare rebuttals for opponent arguments. The program culminates in two Open-Invitational Debate Tournaments where students will have the opportunity to debate against teams from other debate programs across the country!
Team Membership includes:
- 10 Weekly Zoom Classes (2 hours)
- 2 Open Invitational Debate Tournaments (7 hours)
- 4 Bi-Weekly "Office Hours" for Optional One-on-One Coaching
- 3 Student Progress Check-ins by Phone (in addition to weekly written updates)
- 4:1 student teacher ratio, guaranteed (Class size of 8 with 2 instructors)
- Beginner and Advanced students are separated into different classes
10 - 15 Years Old
Tuesdays or Thursdays (6pm-8pm) plus two Saturday Tournaments (9am-4pm)
Beginner - Advanced (Classes Grouped by Age/Experience)
see calendar below
10 weeks + 2 Saturday Tournaments
$990 (Full Refund Policy for 2020)
Use promo code DTEAM2021 to receive a $100 discount!
Lumos also offers a 5% sibling discount that will be issued as a refund within 48 hours of registration.
We do classes of 8 students with 2 instructors per class. We've found that, especially for online coaching, having a small class size is absolutely critical for making sure that every student gets to speak - even our shy or more reluctant students! The 4:1 student teacher ratio also means that our instructors really get to know each child's strengths and weaknesses and provide targeted coaching throughout the week.
Students will practice a variety of different speeches - from argumentative, to informative, to impromptu! The key to building speaking confidence is practice, practice, practice!
Some students need to speak louder, some students need more eye contact, and some need to work on speaking speed. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses!
Throughout each week, students will get edits and advice as they research and write out their speeches. In addition, they'll have a chance to do one-on-one conferences with instructors to work on their tournament preparation. And of course, during our classes, students will have a chance to do speaking activities and practice debates so they can get immediate feedback live over zoom!
Especially in public speaking and debate, students have to learn that mistakes are OK, as long as they keep on going and give it their best shot and try again! Our instructors emphasize positive feedback and encouragement.
Our instructors are some of the warmest, kindest people you will ever meet. We are all here because we love the challenge of helping every student find their unique voice.