The Huntersville Speech and Debate classes seek to teach students to communicate well, in a way that glorifies God.
The speech and debate format that we teach is based on the guidelines set forth by the NCFCA, although we strongly emphasize the real-world implications of the newly learned communication skills.
The two types of debate taught at HSDC are Lincoln Douglas and Team Policy.
As taken from the ncfca debate page:
Lincoln-Douglas debate resolutions are constructed to create a clash of competing values rather than the adoption of a specific policy.The Lincoln-Douglas debate format is one-on-one debating, named after the famous debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln
In Team Policy Debate, a team of two debaters will advocate the resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters will oppose the topic.
Students of both types of debate, in addition to becoming familiar with the NCFCA format and the year’s topic, will learn important argumentation skills with a strong emphasis on constructive discussion, instead of a “win at any cost” mentality. Debate competition is a great way to hone one’s skills, but winning is far less important than learning how to argue in a way that brings forth truth, whichever side you find yourself on.
The NCFCA recognizes various speech events each season which are divided into three main categories: Platform, Interpretation, and Limited Preparation Speeches. Each of these categories offers distinct opportunities for students to develop their communication skills. For competition, each event has its own set of rules in addition to the General Speech Rules that can be found in the Resource Library found on the ncfca.org website. The second semester at HSDC for the upper Speech class is focused on the continuing improvement of a few select speeches, with the expectation that students will be competing in the NCFCA.
The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) is a national organization that facilitates speech and debate competitions across the country. In order to further improve our skills, HSDC participates in the NCFCA. And while competition is not mandatory for students, it is highly encouraged.
More information about the NCFCA can be found at their website: http://www.ncfca.org/
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