We offer every student a chance to learn debate. Capitol Debate has some of the leading educators in debate in the United States. Each week students meet online, live, via webcam, with a real instructor who will interact and teach the students. We keep each class limited to 12 students. Here is the best part – once you complete the introductory class you will automatically join our Regional Club Debate League the following trimester to experience an in-person debate competition!
We believe in allowing students the ability to put into practice the skills they acquire at our programs. Therefore we have decided to provide our renowned intro class in conjunction with the club debate league program. The online introduction course to debate course costs $1,199 and the club debate league program $1,299. We provide these programs at a discounted cost because we believe in their benefits to a new debater.
The league is open to all students, grades 6 - 12 that have completed one of our Summer Debate Camps and/or Online Introduction to Club Debate. If you have never taken one of our programs, your first semester will consist of introductory classes plus one online debate. After participating in the introductory club program, you will be jumping right into league competitions!
We never let you learn without practicing. Each week, students work with leading coaches to review feedback on their cases. The coaches hold strategy sessions. They listen as students redo speeches from the past week, critique the speeches, and give instruction. They lead online practice debates, show students how to evaluate evidence, give speaking drills, and hold Q&A sessions. We provide everything you need to become a debater, with or without a school team.
Learning has changed over the years and we have consistently found that we can better teach students online. We tried live training classes in every city. Here is what we learned. First, we were limited by the local talent in the area. Second, we were limited by the technology in the schools. We typically had no internet coverage and/or lacked projectors to use in our lesson plans. Finally, finding a location in a city that can accommodate all students at once was impossible. So we tried live interactive debate training for preparing our students across the nation for middle school nationals.
The students were in their element navigating through their computer at home. Whether it is researching a new case or collaboratively writing a case, students had instant access to information.
Students research their cases online, we can have the students share their screens with other students so that we can collaboratively develop our strategies, and we can easily work on the same case at the same time together via Google Documents.
No more commuting to another activity for their kids. No more sitting in traffic. No more lost time on getting the kids ready for school the next day.
We are no longer limited by the local talent in the area. Instead, classes can be taught by leading debate coaches from any city in the United States!
We have successfully trained 40 students from Taiwan to debate at the Middle School Nationals and we successfully trained several students into the top ten speakers in the nation at Middle School Nationals and we never met them until they arrived!