This is the perfect program for students who want to try out debating for the first time. Students will learn about argument construction, cross-examination, and rebuttal. We start with simple topics like "Summer vs Winter" or "Cats vs Dogs" and eventually move on to more complex issues like "Zoos should be banned."
All our programs have a guaranteed 4:1 student teacher ratio which means that every child gets numerous opportunity to speak. Students will have a morning group session, an afternoon group session, and two sets of one-on-one conferences with instructors each day. Even in an online format, we'll have silly games, fun speaking activities, and the dynamic instructors that students love at Lumos!
11 - 13 Years Old
10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
Beginner - Intermediate
June 22 - Aug 21
Bring a friend! If both friends register for the same class/dates,
we'll provide a $25 referral discount to both families
(issued as a refund after registration is complete)!
Sibling discount is now 5% of paid tuition per child and
will be issued as a refund once registration is complete.
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!
The most effective teaching we do is in one-on-one coaching with students. These highly-focused sessions lead to immense growth in each student's capabilities, because they get immediate feedback on their volume, voice, tone. Our schedule has been designed to emphasize one-on-one coaching; throughout a student's five days, they'll get ten 15-minute one-on-one coaching sessions!
Especially in public speaking, 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.