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Speech, Debate and Discussions – Grades 5-8
Class Size: 25
Age Requirement: 10 - 13
Teacher: Michael Smith
Class Time: 10-10:50am
Class Room: C205
Tuition Fee: 750.00
Textbook Fee: 0.00
Material Fee: 0.00

Class Description

 This class will allow our middle school level students to learn what it takes to be confident public speakers in all types of situations that include: class discussions about any subject, plus original speeches, and a series of debate formats that will also sharpen students with current events. Such oral skills will prepare students for an increasing number of graded discussions in area high school English classes, as well as introduce them to competitive speech and debate at the high school level.
Eligible students: Those who take either the Middle School Intermediate Level or the Middle School Advanced Level Writing and Speaking classes this year, plus new students to our program.
About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is a Certified High School A.P. English and I.B. English teacher, who currently teaches English, coaches Speech and Debate, and acts as a department head at a local private school. His students compiled an 89 percent AP English pass rate compared to the 59 percent national average based on his lessons for close reading. He also has had students accepted to six Ivy League schools along with many more of the top colleges and universities in the country based on his experience as a private college preparatory tutor.