8/3 to 8/7 “Speech and Debate Changes Lives” Summer Camp

Speech and Debate Changes Lives–Jerry Yang

Speech and debate changes lives. From building confidence, improving communication, and increasing critical thinking skills to better preparing students for college—speech and debate activities provide life skills vital to a young person’s success in the future. Utilizing these skills inside and outside of the classroom teaches students the value of critical thinking, the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, to answer questions logically with clarity, and to think on one’s feet. Additionally, students develop interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, assertiveness, and listening to peers. These important life skills empower youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.

Schools that provide speech and debate programs report:

  • Increased attendance
  • Higher tests scores
  • Rise in college acceptance

Parliamentary debate is an extemporaneous, generally policy-oriented form of two-person debate. In each debate, a two-student team represents the government side (or the side affirming the resolution); a second two–student team represents the opposition side (or the side negating the resolution). Students are expected to present arguments supporting their side while refuting arguments of the other team. Each team is given 20 minutes of preparation for a 38 min debate.

Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129

Time: 8/3 to 8/7 Monday to Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm
You may register for more than one session.
Fee: $250/week
Contact: 408-366-2204, spring.light.edu@gmail.com
Registration: https://goo.gl/PdY8rL
Fee: $250/week    Incoming 7th grader and above.
The class will cover:

  • Basic argumentation
  • Rhetorical Techniques
  • Topic Analysis
  • Major Issues and Current Events
  • Judge Adaptation
  • Incorporating Evidence
  • Philosophical Frameworks
  • Speech analysis of famous speakers
  • Extemporaneous speaking
  • Regular Practice with in depth feedback
  • Time: Anytime

Jerry Yang

Captain for Saratoga Parliamentary Debate team for two years.

Responsibilities include:

● Teach freshmen, sophomores, and juniors about debate while being a supporter, instructor and a critic.
● Keep track of attendance, curriculum, and volunteering time and responsibility without being asked. This includes coming to every practice and staying the entire duration.
● Having an engaging and outgoing personality with willingness to work with others. Anyone would be comfortable talking to me about any issues he or she might have.
● Strong communication with other captain(s), if any, and head coach.AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
● Cleared at nearly all invitationals my senior year, including Santa Clara, MLK, andStanford, as well as going undefeated in a CFL league tournament.
● Qualified for the 2015 Tournament of Champions for the California Cup.
● Nationally ranked as the 28th top team at my peak in the 2015 season.
Every debater needs a good, solid foundation to build one’s career on. From the start, debaters must learn to break down walls of a fear for public speaking and start thinking critically. It is a daunting task and an arduous journey to begin alone. As a debater once under Jerry’s experienced wing, I was able to make this important transition with his help, into a life of confidence, eloquence, and critical thinking. Debate. It was only Jerry’s patience and experience that gave me a sturdy foundation for debate, an activity that once seemed foreign, but is now impossible to imagine without.                      – William Zeng, Sophomore at Los Altos
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