About the Fundamentals of Argumentation Workshop (Beginners)

The Fundamentals of Argumentation Workshop will introduce students limited or no debate experience to basic debate and argumentation. The workshop will focus on skills such as logic, persuasion, refutation, and use of evidence that are applicable to a variety of debate and non-debate circumstances.

“As a person with no debate experience whatsoever, I believe that I was able to learn much … The welcoming atmosphere also contributed to my learning, and I was able to form many friendships as well.”

-David Seo, The Albany Academies, New York

“Everyone here was very supportive. I met some great kids and teachers and enjoyed my week at Dartmouth.”

Oliver Shih, Bergen Catholic High School, New Jersey

“Having a judge there to give you a definitive idea of who won was extremely beneficial to my understanding of what works and what doesn’t, particularly as a beginner.”

-Christopher Parios, Fauquier High School, Virginia

“I came…with no debating experience, just with some enthusiasm and the goal of improving my public speaking skills.  But by the end of the three weeks, I realized that I had gotten more than what I had bargained for.  I made many friends…and I attained lifelong skills, such as managing my time, supporting statements with evidence, and writing concisely.  I would do it all over again if I had the chance!”

-Leanne Shen

Dates and Cost
The Fundamentals of Argumentation Workshop will run from June 28 to July 11, 2021.

Schedule: Our schedule permits attendance from all time zones in the U.S. The instructional window of required activities begins at 10am Eastern and ends by 6pm Eastern.

Tuition for the Fundamental of Argumentation Workshop is $1,200. An early application discount of $50 is available for students who apply by April 1; there is a late fee of $50 for applying after May 1. A discount of $50 is available for paying by check. Limited financial aid is also available.

We are currently accepting applications and have space available. Applicants by April 1 can qualify for the early application discount. There is no application fee. You should receive a response to your application within approximately two weeks.

Apply to the Fundamentals of Argumentation Workshop