WADL has an extensive development program that is designed to assist students in improving and refining their debating skills. We offer a variety of development opportunities and activities.
Keep scrolling to learn more about our:
Primary School Seminars
SCSA Endorsed Program
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We offer a range of seminars designed to improve the debating skills of students. They are offered at Novice, Junior and Senior Levels and are tailored to students' needs. The seminars currently offered are described below, and are adaptable to students' needs.
Introduction to Debating Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students with little or no experience with debating, and is targeted at students debating in the Novice level of the Competition. It will consist of an introduction to speaker roles, basic guide to case construction and basic information on rebuttal.
Advanced Case Construction Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students who have some debating experience, but would like to further their case construction skills. This Seminar is targeted at students debating in the Junior level of the Competition, but students competing in the Novice and Senior level may also benefit from attending this Seminar. It will include a brief recap of speaker roles, as well as an in-depth guide to case construction.
Rebuttal Seminar: This Seminar is ideal for students who have some debating experience, but would like to further their rebuttal skills. This Seminar is targeted at students debating in the Junior level of the Competition, but students competing in the Novice and Senior level may also benefit from attending this Seminar. It will include a brief recap of rebuttal, as well as an in-depth guide to skills and strategy involved with rebuttal.
Seminars are charged at $110/hour (GST Inclusive) for each presenter. A presenter can be expected to take a class of up to 30 students.
Unless otherwise requested, seminars will run for 1 hour.
BOOK A SEMINAR
If you would like to book a seminar, please email the development officer via firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRIMARY SCHOOL SEMINARS
WADL has developed a specially tailored introduction to debating program for Primary School students to further critical thinking and public speaking skills. In 2019, WADL engaged with City Beach Primary School, Hale Junior School, Christ Church Grammar School and Quinns Rocks Primary School. Students worked closely with passionate WADL presenters to develop an advanced understanding of debating. The programs concluded with a formal debate, allowing students to apply their new knowledge and showcase their debating skills to their teachers and peers.
The program is a 5 week course consisting of five development seminars.
These seminars will focus on:
a Formal Debate
The course also aims to teach some core aspects of the national curriculum such as rights and responsibilities, current events and persuasive writing skills.
For more information or to book our Primary Schools Development Course, please contact WADL's Development Officer at
Seminars cost $440 for the whole 5 week course, with 1 seminar normally costing $110. This cost applies per class of children (approx 20-30 max).
There is a discount available for schools with an ICSEA value below 1030.
* All prices are GST inclusive
Our regional residences are are designed to expose students in regional areas to the critical thinking skills and public speaking confidence that comes with debating. WADL believes these skills have an important role in the community and should be available to all students. WADL's regional residencies span over five days and are delivered in a fun and engaging way by our expert presenters.
Each year, WADL presenters travel to Christmas Island District High School to deliver comprehensive debating seminars to the school's students. The program teachers students crucial skills that they can apply to their learning outside of debating. Specifically, the material is designed to prepare students for Country Week, an inter-school tournament held in Perth, and for a Model United Nations. Our Christmas Island Residency is highly anticipated by our presenters who thoroughly enjoy working with eager students each year.
Our Alice Springs Residency is funded by the Department of Education and takes place at Alice Springs Centralian Middle and High School. Passionate WADL presenters take classes of students over the five day period. The program is focused on public speaking confidence, critically analysing arguments, and understanding the structure of arguments.
Please contact our Chief Convenor at email@example.com for more information on regional residencies.
SCSA ENDORSED PROGRAM
In partnership with the School curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) of Western Australia, all WADL programs are eligible for SCSA endorsement. Students who are eligible may apply to have their participation in our activities recognised as an Endorsed Program.
Complete the form below if you wish to receive an Endorsed Program for your involvement with WADL this year. Please note the eligibility criteria included.
If you have any further questions, please get in touch with the Chief Administrative Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.