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Overview of Class Offerings

Cogito Speech and Debate offers a wide range of classes for Speech and Debate. Our courses are an ideal way to introduce students to the art of Rhetoric. In our modern technological society, the proven discipline of Rhetoric allows students to stand out among their peers, by building mental habits of critical thinking and observation, and the communication skills to share those observations effectively. At Cogito, we create classes that are enhanced to target Common Core standards in the most effective way. By combining methods that have been refined over millennia with the current events that we live in today, students gain a unique insight into the world we share.

All of our standard Speech and Debate classes are designed for a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, spanning 12-16 weeks. Our Speech and Debate classes are rooted in communication, and the learning of effective communications skills is best cultivated in an group environment, which enables students to not just learn the theories of communicating critical thinking, but to put those theories to use in a practical environment.

Skill Builder classes are short form classes, in which students will have 8-9 hours of instruction spanning 3-4 days. These classes are tightly focused on specific public speaking or debate skills.

Also available are our Cogito Debut classes, which are designed for approximately 8-16 hours of instruction, spanning 8-12 weeks. These are ideal as an introduction to Speech and Debate.

Standard Speech and Debate classes through Cogito are designed to be accessible to any student, and can be combined with our Forensic Speech and Debate Club in order to participate in Forensic Speech and Debate as an intramural activity.

Forensic Speech and Debate is practiced at a variety of schools at the Middle School, High School, and Collegiate levels. Students will have the option of taking advanced classes that are geared towards competition, giving students the opportunity to be exposed to critical thinking beyond their normal scope, exercise their ability to practice their communication skills at a higher level, and get to know students beyond their school who share similar interests.

Cogito is proud to offer a variety of classes that are tailored to different age levels, skill levels, and amounts of time available. For classes of shorter duration (less than 20 hours of instruction time), the class curricula have been modified to optimize the student experience, and enable students to learn a valuable skill.

Additionally, all of our classes are specifically designed for different age groups. This is especially important in our Debate classes, which cover a wide variety of current events. In order to ensure a great experience for students, we follow a rigorous program to challenge students with material appropriate to their age groups.

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Debate Level 1

Debate Level 2

Debate Level 3

Limited Preparation Speeches

Speaking of Current Events

Introduction to Public Speaking

Public Speaking: TED Talks Beginner