Shanan Speech and Debate is a home-school club based in Indian Trail, NC. We function out of the league, CCofSE, and offer classes and engaging competitive opportunities to learn and grow in public speaking, critical thinking and argumentation, research and presentation skills for ages 5-18. Club meets every Wednesday from 3:15-4:45 at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 8600 Potter Road, Weddington, NC 28104.
At Shanan, we offer an assortment of classes to train and develop the students of today into the Godly men and women of tomorrow.
Team Policy Debate
Here at Shanan, we offer Team Policy Debate, an engaging league-based debate format, for high-school students, ages 14 and up.
Public Speaking Classes and Events
Here at Shanan, embrace public speaking skills as essential life skills. We offer classes and competitive speech events for ages 5-18.
Public Forum Debate
Here at Shanan, we promote public speaking and critical thinking skills in our students. We offer Public Forum, a league-based debate format, for students ages 12-14.
Speech and debate impacted me more than any other class or activity during my high school years. I learned countless life skills during the five years I participated including; speaking in public, critical thinking, academic research, and--most importantly--how to see both sides of an issue. Because of this experience I was much more prepared to take on a university education. I would recommend Shanan speech and debate to every student as a critical step in developing the art of communication that is necessary for all walks of life!
Before I started learning with Shanan I wasn't a very confident speaker as I had little knowledge as to how to properly make and deliver speeches. Shanan has taught me how to write a complete speech, how to confidently and clearly deliver speeches, how to debate respectfully, and how to research thoroughly. I do not think I would be capable of learning so much, so thoroughly without this supportive and enriching speech and debate club.
I really wanted to get my daughter into a speech class, but I knew she was very apprehensive. She cried the day she had to give a two minute speech about herself to an audience of about six people in her class. By her second year of speech, she said she was ready to compete. This has been a great experience for her! I'd highly recommend speech, even for the most timid of students.