Grade Level: 9th – 12th grades

Ages: 14 & up

Classes Meet: Thursdays

Semester 1: Thursday, September 9th – December 2nd, 2021 

Semester 2: Thursday, January 13th – March 31st, 2022.

(December 9th and April 7th will be make-up days if needed.)

Times: 2: 00  – 2:50 pm 

Instructor: Angela Bell


Tuition / Fees: $250.00 tuition ($125.00 per semester) + $25.00 Supply Fee.     An enrollment fee of $25 plus the materials fee of $25 is due within 2 weeks of registration and will come off of your tuition. Both the supply fee and enrollment fee are non-refundable and will hold your place in the class.

Course Description:

Students will have fun learning public speaking skills through argument, debate, and persuasion. Students will learn how to appeal to several types of audiences and apply quick-thinking responses to multiple situations. We will cover various debate techniques such as rebuttal, team policy, and Lincoln –Douglas, as well as techniques for diction and language control. Students will learn to think critically and communicate effectively about all issues in a manner that pleases and glorifies God. Students will prepare presentations for community members such as business leaders and entrepreneurs. Students will also learn how to use their skills in job interviews and have an opportunity to practice mock interviews. Debates will require extensive research and students can expect to spend a few hours a week researching their topics and preparing their presentations. We will strive to prepare for competitive debates with other students (beyond NHC) as opportunities arise. Competitions will occur during semester 2.

Suggested grades will be given and based on in-class discussion and practice, readings and research in and outside of class, class participation, and presentation pieces. This is a two semester class and grade suggestions will be given at the end of each semester.

Prerequisite: Students must be willing to speak in front of an audience. Students must also be mature enough to be professional and respectful while listening to others’ present as well as during their own presentations. Exceptions to target age and grade level may be considered; please contact teacher directly to discuss. If a student has special needs, please contact the teacher directly to discuss.

Required Materials Include: Textbook ISBN-10:0078729947 (see below), 3 or 5 subject notebook, blue or black pen, number 2 pencil, highlighter, and a folder.