Rhetoric and debate course for schools


The course is a practical-theoretical workshop (and not a series of lectures) in which the students acquire tools and skills in speaking in front of an audience. To this end, each lesson includes a theoretical introduction, extensive practical practice, and personal feedback for each student (during the course the students will also learn to give feedback to each other).

The sessions in the course are planned in the format of an 'effort bar' so that each lesson raises the bar from the previous lesson, thus practicing all the old skills in the process of learning a new tool.

What the course gives the children

The course helps high school students improve self-confidence, expressiveness, and thinking abilities. Studies show that words create thought patterns as much as they express them. The ability to express oneself in an orderly, clear and sharp manner helps the ability to think in an orderly, clear and sharp manner.

· Self-confidence in front of an audience
Adolescents sometimes fall into a cycle of negative feedback - one negative experience undermines security, something that harms functioning and repeats itself. Therefore, it is enough for training to improve the student's confidence in himself to improve his ability to express himself.

· Improving the ability to think quickly 'on your feet'
By using techniques that combine advance preparation with improvisation and surprises, the students gain experience and skill in preparing for the unexpected and dealing with it.

· Ability to convince and present positions in an orderly manner
The tutorial gives simple tools that help organize the speech in a more comprehensible way that is easy to follow. We will learn methods that work for everyone such as the 'trinity principle' and 'milestones'.

· Development of analytical thinking
With the help of sharpening the distinction between 'claim' and 'argument' we present to educators a standard for evaluating the depth of explanations.



The content of the lesson


and body language

Introduction - how to stand in front of an audience, how not to fear the audience
practice: 1 minute speeches


Planning the speech

Planning the speech - the 'triple structure', brainstorming > filtering > arranging and organizing
practice: 2 minute speeches


order and structure

Skills of order and structure - prioritization, milestones, self-discipline
practice: 3 minute speeches


The basics of debate

How to build counterarguments, refuting the words of the opponent
practice: 1 vs 1 debate, 3 minutes


Analytical thinking

Developing arguments - the difference between deep thinking and demagoguery
practice: 1 vs 1 debate, 4 minutes



How to prepare a debate together - definition of roles, division of work, coordination
practice: Debate 2 against 2, 4 minutes


logic and reason

Logic for beginners - procrastination, logical fallacies
practice: Debate 2 against 2, 5 minutes


- Continued

Division of work in a team of three - definition of roles, division of work, collaboration
practice: Debate 3 against 3, 4 minutes


Collecting and organizing information

Searching for information, filtering unnecessary information, types of information on the Internet


and giving feedback

How to judge and analyze speeches - analysis of structure, arguments, etc. How to give feedback
practice: Debate 3 against 3, 5 minutes


Rhetoric in English

Practice speaking in a foreign language. Techniques for dealing with missing words
practice: Debate 2 against 2, 3 minutes


Summary exercise A

Debate after preliminary research
practice: Debate 3 against 3, 5 minutes

Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 9 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language Hebrew
  • Students 15
  • Assessments Yes

    Adv. Rivka Shapedo manages our debate club and lectures on our behalf at associations and organizations across the country.
    Rivka is a graduate of the July 2018 class of the Public Speaking School, and came to us as a law student whose fear of audiences made it difficult for her to ask questions in class and progress in her work at the Tax Authority. Today, Rivka has already appeared in front of hundreds of people, represents in courts, is completing a master's degree at Tel Aviv University and is responsible for The training in our debate club.

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