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Both debate sessions are sold out.

This one-week workshop will focus on the important skills of Public Speaking and Debating. Students will learn how to craft speeches in different genres, such as Persuasive Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. They will then learn the art of Debating in different styles, e.g., Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debating as well as Prepared Cross-Examination Debating. The workshop will be primarily interactive and provide students with many opportunities to engage in real debates to hone their skills and test them in actual debate settings. The varied types of speaking and debating will be the same as the Public Speaking Events and Debate Tournaments sponsored throughout the school year by the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools. 

  • Students will learn how to craft speeches in different genres 
  • Students will learn the art of Debating in different styles 
  • Students will get the opportunity to engage in real debates to hone and test their skills 


Session 1: July 24-28 (Slots full)
Session 2: July 31-August 4 (Slots full)


$340 per student


9 AM - 12 PM


St. Sebastian’s School
1191 Greendale Avenue, Needham, MA
(conveniently located just off Route 128 at Exit 18)


Questions about our Academic Workshops?

For more information about our academic summer programs, please contact Chris Lynch, the Director of the Summer Workshops, at