Public Speaking & Argumentation


he primary goal of the Public Speaking and Argumentation program is to empower students through public expression to become better thinkers, speakers, writers, listeners, and leaders. Students in this program will explore and develop their thinking and speaking skills through games and exercises involving public speaking (impromptu and prepared), as well as group problem-solving and discussion. Students will be exposed to and learn of all the formal styles of debate (Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy Debate) as well as other communication based activities. Students will learn to cope with speaking anxieties, to organize and support their ideas, to critically evaluate and respond appropriately to the ideas of others, and to deliver effective messages. While the format and content will not directly prepare students to participate in competitive debate or forensics, it may serve as a precursor to such participation.

This program is appropriate for students of all ages, but especially rising 6th-12th graders.


Intro to Public Speaking
Intro to Argumentation
Ethos, Pathos, Logos
How to Use PowerPoint
How to Research

Poetry/Dramatic Reading
Extemporaneous Speeches
Descriptive Speeches
Informative Speeches
Narrative Speeches

Informal Speeches:
Tongue Twisters
Pet Peeve Speeches
Hot Air Balloon Game

Informal Debates:
Table Debates
Stakeholder Debates (different groups)
One-Point Debates
Three-Point Debates

Formal Debates:
Public Forum

Group Projects:
Shark Tank
Stakeholder Debates (different groups)

Other Presentations:
Formal Presentations (with PowerPoint)
Mock College/Job Interviews


2020 DATES

Session 1 – June 8 – June 12

Session 2 – June 15 – June 19

Session 3 – June 22 – June 26

Session 4 – June 29 – July 3

Live Classes will be hosted Monday to Friday from 11am-12pm and 1pm-3pm (ET). Students will also have access to office hours with instructors and recorded lectures.

Each session of the institute covers unique and different information. Our schedule is designed for maximum flexibility so that students can attend the institute starting any week! While we encourage the full 4 week experience, we understand that families have other commitments and encourage students to attend for as many weeks as their schedules allow! 


Tuition is $350 per week.

Students who attend for 3 weeks get a $150 discount off of total tuition.

Students who attend for 4 weeks get a $300 discount off of total tuition.

Tuition includes quality instruction and materials that are unique to the Hurricane Debate Institute. Students will receive written assessments of their skills and areas for improvement. Students will receive a certificate of completion.

There is a two step application process:
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Questions? Please call 305-281-2705 or email