(6/1/19 Open House) Summer Public Speaking Courses with Dr. Kristin Heath

Public Speaking Summer Session Syllabus

Course Overview:

In this course students will continue to develop their public speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment. In the previous course we were able to introduce different types of speeches. We Will continue to make improvements on the basic speech types.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course students will be able to

- Use preparation techniques to enhance their ability to give speeches

- Use critical thinking skills to present research and build arguments

-   Use research to build credibility and support arguments

-   Use visual aids to enhance the presentation

-   Present speeches with little preparation time

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate Syllabus

Course Introduction

This is a beginning debate course. We will introduce students to not only Parliamentary Debate but general debate and public speaking principles. Parliamentary Debate is a team debate. Each week there will be a proposition and an opposition team. Each team will consist of two students. Any remaining students will judge the debate and determine the winner. Students need to be prepared to actively participate in every class. They need to be prepared to do their best even though some tasks may be challenging. Students may be asked to argue in favor of ideas they don’t agree with and against ideas they are in favor of.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to

-      demonstrate critical thinking skills

-      formulate an argument

-      point out fallacies in the opponent’s argument

-     use persuasion techniques to convince a judge of their case

-     flow the outline of the case so they can keep track of the debate

-     demonstrate and participate in Parliamentary Debate

Class Expectations

Students are expected to attend class on time every week. They are expected to come prepared to participate in a debate. They are expected to debate the side they are given.

Parliamentary Debate Rules


1. Resolutions

A. A different resolution for each round will be presented to the debaters at a specified time prior to the beginning of each debate. The specified time will be determined by adding fifteen minutes to the amount of time needed to walk to the most distant building in which debates are to occur.

B. The topic of each round will be about current affairs or philosophy. The resolutions will be general enough that a well-educated college student can debate them. They may be phrased in literal or metaphorical language.

2. Objective of the debate

The proposition team must affirm the resolution by presenting and defending a sufficient case for that resolution. The opposition team must oppose the resolution and/or the proposition team's case. If, at the end of the debate, the judge believes that the proposition team has supported and successfully defended the resolution, they will be declared the winner, otherwise the opposition will be declared the winner.

3. Before the debate

The proposition team, if they wish, may use the room assigned for debate for their preparation. If the proposition team uses the debating room for preparation, both the judge and the opposition must vacate the room until the time for the debate to begin.

4. During the debate

A. Any published information (dictionaries, magazines, etc.), which may have been consulted before the debate, cannot be brought into the debating chambers for use during the debate. Except for notes that the debaters themselves have prepared during preparation time and a copy of the NPDA "Rules of Debating and Judging," no published materials, prepared arguments, or resources for the debaters' use in the debate may be brought into the debating chambers.

B. Debaters may refer to any information that is within the realm of knowledge of liberally educated and informed citizens. If they believe some cited information to be too specific, debaters may request that their opponent explain specific information with which they are unfamiliar. In the event further explanation of specific information is requested, the debater should provide details sufficient to allow the debater to understand the connection between the information and the claim. Judges will disallow specific information only in the event that no reasonable person could have access to the information: e.g., information that is from the debater's personal family history.

C. Format of the debate

First Proposition Constructive Speaker: 7 minutes

Opposition Flex Time: 2 minutes

First Opposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes

Proposition Flex Time: 2 minutes

Second Proposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes

Opposition Flex Time: 1 minute

Second Opposition Constructive Speaker: 8 minutes

Opposition Rebuttal by First Speaker: 4 minutes

Proposition Flex Time: 1 minute

Proposition Rebuttal by First Speaker: 5 minutes

D. Constructive and Rebuttal Speeches

Introduction of new arguments is appropriate during all constructive speeches. However, debaters may not introduce new arguments in rebuttal speeches except that the proposition rebuttalist may introduce new arguments in his or her rebuttal to refute arguments that were first raised in the Second Opposition Constructive. New examples, analysis, analogies, etc. that support previously introduced arguments are permitted in rebuttal speeches.

E. Points of Information

A debater may request a point of information—either verbally or by rising—at any time after the first minute and before the last minute of any constructive speech. The debater holding the floor has the discretion to accept or refuse points of information. If accepted, the debater requesting the point of information has a maximum of fifteen seconds to make a statement or ask a question. The speaking time of the debater with the floor continues during the point of information.

F. Points of Order

Points of Order can be raised for no reason other than those specified in these Rules of Debating and Judging. If at any time during the debate, a debater believes that his or her opponent has violated one of these Rules of Debating and Judging, he or she may address the Speaker of the House with a point of order. Once recognized by the Speaker of the House, the debater must state, but may not argue for, the point of order. At the discretion of the Speaker of the House, the accused may briefly respond to the point of order. The Speaker of the House will then rule immediately on the point of order in one of three ways: point well taken, point not well taken, or point taken under consideration. The time used to state and address a point of order will not be deducted from the speaking time of the debater with the floor. A point of order is a serious charge and should not be raised for minor violations.

G. Points of Personal Privilege

At any time during the debate, a debater may rise to a point of personal privilege when he or she believes that an opponent has personally insulted one of the debaters, has made an offensive or tasteless comment, or has grievously misconstrued another's words or arguments. The Speaker will then rule on whether or not the comments were acceptable.The time used to state and address a point of personal privilege will not be deducted from the speaking time of the debater with the floor. Like a point of order, a point of personal privilege is a serious charge and should not be raised for minor transgressions. Debaters may be penalized for raising spurious points of personal privilege.

H. Flex Time: Flex time may be used by the controlling team to prepare arguments, drink water, set up stands, ask questions of their opponents, etc. Flex time may not be used as additional speech time.

5. After the debate

A. After the final rebuttal, the Speaker of the House will dismiss the teams, complete the ballot and return it to the ballot staff. The judge should not give oral comments before the ballot is completed and returned to the ballot staff.

B. A running update of all teams' records will be publicly posted in a "warm room" or common area accessible to all tournament participants. After returning the ballot, the judge may, at his or her discretion, give brief constructive comments to the debaters. Such conversations should, if possible, take place in the established "warm room" area if one is designated by the tournament. No one may be required to enter the "warm room" or participate in discussions. Judges should refrain from checking the records of teams they are about to judge should such information be available.

C. Debaters or coaches will refrain from arguing with judges' decisions or comments.Debaters or coaches who harass judges may be withdrawn from the tournament on a two-thirds vote of the Championship Tournament Committee.

Target students    

Public Speaking Course: Grade 4-8

Model UN or Debate Course: Grade 6-8

Who love Public Speaking & Debate

Class Schedule 

10 weeks/session starts in June

Small class: up to 6 students per class

Class Time

Every Saturday 6:00-7:30 PM EST

Every Saturday 7:40-9:10 PM EST

Every Wednesday 7:30-9:00 PM EST


Credit Card (including PayPal Credit Card) 

Payment with fees:

$388/session (10 weeks, 1.5 hours/class)

PayPal Debit or Check: 

$375/session (10 weeks, 1.5 hours/class)

Makeup policy: we will send you the missing class recording

We take PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Chase Quick Pay, and Check, linked email: jinsandra@gmail.com

About PLE  

About Dr. Kristin:

Hi! I'm Kristin Heath. I have a doctorate in Education and a Masters degree in Communication.

As a young kid I was very shy. I knew I had to do something to overcome my introversion. It paralyzed me and limited my opportunities on a daily basis. I forced myself to join the High School Speech and Debate team. The structure made it so I could learn critical thinking skills and look at an issue from multiple sides. I still get frustrated to this day when people don’t have several contentions and points of data to back up their arguments. :) Most of all, it really helped me to find my voice and give my opinion. 

Since High School and College I have taught college classes and created curriculum for a large corporation. I currently have four young children who I stay home with and I teach online classes to Chinese children on the side. 

I love to go on sunny adventures filled with beaches and water like snorkeling, rafting and kayaking. I'm a huge audiobook fan. It is amazing being able to listen to a book at double speed while doing the dishes. I drink too much soda and I love cookies but I'm always trying to do better.

Please check my video introduction at www.pleis.us

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