Fall 2021

Cogito Debate 2021-2022 Class Descriptions

  • Cogito Debate is proud to announce that we are safely opening back up our in person classes for the fall.
  • We will have both online and in person classes available.
    • In person classes will be held at our new location in Irvine, California
      • Address: 16808 Armstrong Avenue, Suite 100
    • Our Middle School and High School Debate Clubs will follow a hybrid model of instruction due to our students’ geographical restrictions.
  • Our Fall Semester will be 16 weeks long, which includes our Thanksgiving Break week.
    • Classes meet once a week on their designated day and times.
    • Class Times
      • Monday-Thursday Afternoon, Evening
      • Saturday Morning, Afternoon

 

Fall Course Tuition Costs

  • 1.5 Hour Class: $770
  • 2 Hour Class: $1030
  • 3 Hour Class (Club) + Tournament Fee: $1550*
    • *Discounted rates will be available for our Club students who will be attending online instead of in person.

Important Dates

  • Cogito Debate Fall Semester August 30th-December 18th
    • First Week of Classes: August 30th-September 4th
    • Final Week of Classes: December 13th-December 18th
  • No Class Dates
    • Monday, September 6th Labor Day
    • Thursday, November 11th Veterans Day
    • Monday-Saturday, November 22nd-November 27th Thanksgiving Break
  • Intramural Tournament (Open to all Cogito Fall students) date TBA
  • Parent Conference Week October 11th-October 16th

ONLINE ONLY Think Speak Lead (4th-6th Grade)

Our classes are designed for students to develop their communication and leadership styles through utilizing critical thinking skills, increasing awareness of current events, and finding their own creative voice.  Our classes support students becoming confident communicators that are able to engage in group and interpersonal speech and communication.  The habits learned in our Cogito program will result in lifelong skills and abilities that will enhance collaboration, inspire innovation problem solving, and create leaders.

 

Introduction Junior Speakers & Debaters (3rd-5th Grade)

The focus of the course is engaging students with speech and debate

foundations through using material that is directly relevant to the students.

Students learn the basics of public speaking and debate. The skills include delivery skills, speech structures, audience adaptation, research and argumentation. Throughout this course, students regularly give a wide variety of speeches, presentations and Spontaneous Argumentation debates.

 

Intermediate Junior Speakers & Debaters (4th-6th Grade)

The focus of the course is engaging students with speech and debate

foundations through using material that is directly relevant to the students.

Students learn the basics of public speaking and debate. The skills include delivery skills, speech structures, audience adaptation, research and argumentation. Throughout this course, students regularly give a wide variety of speeches, presentations and Spontaneous Argumentation debates.

 

Introduction to Public Speaking (Middle-High School)

Students will learn to research, and analyze a variety of topics. Their reactions to the topics will take the form of informative and persuasive speeches. Coach feedback and peer assessment are used on a regular basis to identify existing strengths and provide insight and suggestions into areas of improvement to ensure students are developing good speaking habits.

 

Intermediate Public Speaking (Middle-High School)

This class builds on learned delivery skills and focuses on Platform speaking which includes informative speaking, persuasive speaking and Speech to Entertain (STE). This class is especially effective in helping students prepare for research presentations.

 

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate (Middle-High School)

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate is intended for students that are new to debate.  It is based on the principles of Parliamentary Debate, in which argumentation skills are applied to a wide variety of topics.  Parliamentary Debate is considered an impromptu speaking exercise.  Students learn to be prepared to present arguments that either propose the resolution or oppose the resolution, depending on which side of the debate they are assigned.

 

ONLINE ONLY Intermediate Parliamentary Debate (Middle-High School)

In Intermediate Parliamentary Debate, students have the opportunity to explore intermediate level topic. This class builds on the foundation of skills of Parliamentary Debate and integrates the following skills: Framing the debate,

Advance refutation, Evidence analysis and Expansion of argumentation.

 

ONLINE ONLY Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate  (Middle-High School)

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, students will be given a solid grounding in the practice of research and argumentation. In this form of debate, students will focus on one on one debate involving a range of topics, from sociopolitical to philosophical issues.  Students will learn the structure and theory behind Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and will ultimately learn how to effectively construct and deploy strategic arguments within this debate setting.