A Closer look at our lecture series

At the National Debate Forum, we offer a core lecture series designed to tackle the fundamentals of public forum debate.

it all begins with a topic lecture…

At every session, we begin with an in-depth topic analysis that allows students to hit the ground running and understand the intracacies about a tough resolution.

This topic analysis was given to the Apex Level at our NDF Boston session by Senior Instructor Shane Stafford.

You can download the powerpoint here.

Immediately following topic lectures at our institutes, we present demonstration debates for the students. You can watch one of our demo debates from our Boston Session here.

Below you can also find all of the demo debate cases they were created and used in our demo debates:
Fernandez & Kaye Affirmative Case (Boston)
Bonanno & Selig Affirmative Case (Boston)
Feuer & Khan Affirmative Case (Boston)
Gill & Jiang Affirmative Case (Boston)
Miller & Parau Affirmative Case (Boston)
Lin & Wei Affirmative Case (Boston)
Khanna & Mayor Negative Case (Boston)
Cady & Scheller Negative Case (Boston)
Crayton & Jackson Negative Case (Boston)
Cigale & Shankar Negative Case (Boston)
Cook & Cuello-Wolffe Negative Case (Boston)


core Lecture series

We believe that every student should receive teaching of core fundamental skills. Unlike other public forum institutes who make core lectures optional, we value these lectures and place an emphasis on them. Here are the core lectures each level received in 2019 at all three sessions. Lectures with an asterix indicate that they were given in-lab to allow for a more personalized approach to teaching the skill.

apex

Research & Ethics in the Age of Disclosure
Rebuilding in the Rebuttal
Strategic Summary Speeches
Weighing
Judge Psychology
Theory
Kritiks

summit

Research & Evidence Production*
Case Construction
Crossfire*
Rebuttal Speech
Second Half of the Debate
Weighing
Judge Adaptation
Introduction to Progressive Arguments

forum

Research & Evidence Production*
Case Construction
Crossfire
Rebuttal Speech
Summary Speech
Final Focus Speech
Weighing
Judge Adaptation
Answering Progressive Arguments

Symposium

Research & Evidence Production*
Case Construction
Crossfire
Rebuttal Speech
Summary Speech
Final Focus Speech
Weighing