Juniors 5-9yrs
Public speaking ranks as one of the foremost fears in society. Studies show that young children who make a practice of public oration are less likely to have an aversion to speaking as adults.

Shanan Speech and Debate Juniors class works with parents to help children 5-9 years to feel comfortable in front of an audience. Through games, fun activites, scripture and poetry memorization, young children develop speaking confidence in an encouraging environment.
Homework expectancy: 5-10 min. a day.

Junior Varsity 9-12yrs.
Upper elementary students can compose original speeches, interpret great works of literature, and begin to learn the art of impromptu. JV teachers work with paents to help their kids prepare speeches and hone their skills in extemporaneous speaking. This is accomplished through training, activities, games, and at home practice throughout the week.
Homework expectancy: 2-3hrs. weekly.

Varsity 13-18yrs.
High school students learn to defend their faith through a focus on apologetics. They will also be guided in the composition and presentation of a variety of speeches including persuasive, expository, advocacy, and biographical. Interpretive speeches may be of a humorous or dramatic nature as a single speaker or as a duo.
Homework expectancy: 2-3hrs. weekly.

Public Forum Debate 12-14yrs.
Middle school students engage in a form of debate in which debaters argue a topic relevant to their age group. Public forum debate is conducted by teams of two people either affirming or negating their topic. They learn logical, persuasive argumentation while developing research skills, note-taking, and team building.

Due to the team aspect of this class, personal commitment to homework, class and tournament attendence is crucial.
Homework expectancy: 4-5hrs. weekly.

Team Policy 14-18yrs.
Team Policy debate is a form of debate competition in which teams of two students advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States Federal Government. It involves a 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech. Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution. The negative team attempts to negate that plan. Participants learn government, legislation, research skills, critical thinking, note-taking, composition, vocabulary, public oratory, and diplomacy.
Team Policy debate requires serious commitment from the students as well as from the parents. Students are expected to attend class on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, carry their fair share of the load in research and the planning of speeches, and participate in the tournaments which are often out of town or of out of state.
Homework expectancy: 8-10hrs. weekly.