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Benefits of Speech & Debate

Studies show that students taking just one year of speech and debate coursework improve their test scores in classes and standardized tests. Students increase critical reading test scores by 44%. Students increase reading comprehension test scores by 25%.

  • Students consistently involved with speech and debate have a 95-99% college acceptance rate.
  • Colleges and universities like to see debate on transcripts because of the set of skills that it teaches students.
  • There are several scholarship opportunities associated with debate.
  • Skills learned are valuable for careers in law, politics, literature, journalism, and many others.

Skills learned in Speech & Debate:

  • Speak and write clearly and effectively
  • Answer questions with clear topic sentences and support
  • Write better essays and paragraphs
  • Be better organized
  • Process information quickly and with a better understanding 
  • Make presentations comfortably and confidently  

Debate Opportunities at Oxbridge

  • Students can take Debate I to try different types of debate and then take advanced debate courses to specialize in the type(s) of debate they like the most.
  • Students can compete at local, state, and national debate tournaments nationwide.
  • Students see universities (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Emory, UF, and more) as they compete and make friends who share similar interests from all over the country.

Types of Speech & Debate