Classes

Tournaments

We believe student participation in speech and debate tournaments provides a pathway to connect to a unique learning community that can result in lifelong relationships.

Upcoming Tournaments Spring 2019 (more coming soon!)

October 12th - Claremont Bargain Belt

Tournament-High School at Claremont High
School
Claremont, CA

November 16th - Cogito Turkey Talk

Cogito Debate offers students enrolled in current or past classes the opportunity to participate in an Intramural Tournament to experience using skills learned at a competitive event.
Cogito Turkey Talk - Elementary School & Middle School
Cogito Debate
9:00-2:00

December 7th - Heidman Winter Communication Arts Festival

Heidman Winter Communication Arts Festival - Elementary School & Middle School - SpAr debate and Impromptu speech
Tustin, CA

December 15th - OCDL Holiday Tournament

OCDL Middle School Holiday Tournament - Middle School Parli Debate
Buena Park, CA

Skills Builder Workshop

Cogito Skills Builder Workshops are short form classes designed to expose students to special subjects in speech and debate. Classes are created to enhance students’ ability to communicate with an audience through their speaking skills.

Skills Builder-Spontaneous Argumentation

Spontaneous Argumentation (SpAr) is considered to be both a speech and debate event. In SpAr debate evidence is not required, as topics require only common sense, and critical thinking, however, some in-class activities and or homework may request students to gather evidence and create broad outlines on what is considered credible evidence. Active listening, persuasiveness and delivery skills will be discussed as additional important components of SpAr debate.

Skills Builder-Fibs and Falsehoods: Logical Fallacies

Cogito Fallacies Skills Builder class is created as a class for critical thinking when evaluating communication. Although it is useful for Debate students, it is also valuable for any student who is developing their critical thinking and active listening skills. Fallacies Skills Builder combines learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing communication to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.

Skills Builder TED Talks

TED Talks is an introductory level class for upper elementary and middle school students. During the TED Talks Skills Builder Class, students will have the opportunity to watch and evaluate TED Talks, identify some of the key elements of what make TED Talks effective, and write their own TED-style speech. In addition to learning about TED Talks, students will learn about how TED Talks have changed the paradigm of public speeches, and the expectations that audiences have about a speech.,

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Cogito Debate offers classes at various locations throughout California. Contact us as to help you find a location that works for your student.

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