In-Person and/or Online
The 2021/2022 year saw FDT return to in-person lessons. For Vancouver-based students who wish to attend class at our West Broadway academy – we are looking forward to having you! All other students (both within BC and around the world) may continue with virtual lessons via Zoom.
Debate at FDT Academy
Debate is the act of formal disagreement and is a subject that lies at the core of FDT’s curriculum. It is the same activity that has sharpened the minds of influential people such as Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, and Oprah Winfrey. Going beyond just teaching students how to form arguments, FDT encourages students to learn how to use rhetoric and evidence through debate, forming a skillset that allows them to succeed in their future academic and professional careers. At FDT, students are able to take the skills they learn in the classroom to tournaments we offer locally, nationally or even internationally in countries such as the United States, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Thailand.
Our weekly debate group classes range in size from 3 to 25 in a class, with one teacher for every 4-6 students. From introductory level courses to our competitive “Top Class” for the most experienced students, and everything in between, FDT’s group classes allow students to put theory to practice. Contact us to learn which class is best suited for you!
FDT offers one-on-one private debate lessons, providing students with an opportunity to work on individual challenges and receive unique attention for longer periods of time. Private lessons allow students to spend more time working on individualized strategies and are an excellent way to prepare for tournaments.
Benefits of Learning Debate at FDT
- Build confidence.
- Learn to think critically.
- Explore issues from all perspectives.
- Develop your resume and prepare for your future career.
- Position yourself for Ivy League school acceptance.
- Work towards obtaining awards and accolades.
- Become a global citizen by competing in tournaments around the world.