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May Programming

Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association

The Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and youth be effective communicators, deep thinkers, and engaged community members.

Online Learning

Thank you to all those who filled out our summer programming survey! We hope to bring you fun and educational activities in the months to come. The workshops we are offering this month are stand alone seminars and will be FREE!

We will not be offering camp in its usual form this summer. Instead for June and July, SEDA will offer classes where you can attend multiple sessions and build your skill set! The classes will have a fee.

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SEDA May Programs & Events

REFUTATION EFFICIENCY AND PRIORITIZATION

Learn how to improve your note taking, response structure, and overall quality of engagement! In this advanced workshop on refutation efficiency and prioritization, students will be developing tactics together to explore more complex styles of refutation. You can expect a mix of lecture, class discussion, and lots of practice applying newly discussed skills individually and in groups.

Who: This workshop is targeted towards students with several years of debate experience most likely in grades 7-12 (Intermediate and Open division debaters).

When: May 12th, 3:00-5:00 pm via Zoom

How: Register here! The deadline to register is May 9th, 2020.

A link to access the workshop will be sent out to all participants after registration closes.

Worlds School Debating Championships Qualifier - Online Event

SEDA will hold the Worlds School Debating Championships Qualifier online on May 16th. This event is open to those debaters in Grade 8 to 11 interested in competing in Worlds Style Debate. Three Saskatchewan students will be chosen from this qualifier to attend the National Team Tryout! Registration for this event is closed. We wish all participants luck!

UNDERSTANDING MOTIONS: MOTION ANALYSIS

Interpreting motions can be tricky. Oftentimes we miss key words and ideas which can make for a weak case or a bad debate overall. In this workshop on motion analysis, students will gain a basic understanding of how to break down motions to develop a stronger case. We will be looking specifically at how to break down motions and understanding how words in a resolution change the debate overall. You can expect a mix of lecture, class discussion, and lots of practice applying newly discussed skills individually and in groups.

Who: This workshop is targeted towards students with a basic understanding of debate, but are still building core skills. This is most likely students in grades 6-8 or novice high school debaters.

When: May 19th, 3:00-5:00 pm via Zoom

How: Register here! The deadline to register is May 15th, 2020. MOTIONS

A link to access the workshop will be sent out to all participants after registration closes.

MAKING REBUILDING MATTER

We often tell debaters that they failed to rebuild effectively, but what does that actually mean? Rebuilding can seem like this vague concept rather than an actual skill we employ in debate. In this workshop, students will learn why rebuilding matters, when it is necessary, and how to go about it. This workshop is designed specifically to target higher level debating including rebuilding in styles outside of nationals style. You can expect a mix of lecture, class discussion, and lots of practice applying newly discussed skills individually and in groups.

Who: This workshop is targeted towards students with several years of debate experience, most likely in grades 7-12 (Intermediate and Open division debaters). You should feel comfortable with impromptu debate and complex refutation.

When: May 26th, 3:00-5:00 pm via Zoom

How: Register here! The deadline to register is May 22nd, 2020.

A link to access the workshop will be sent out to all participants after registration closes.

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Other Exciting Opportunities

FDT Public Speaking Contest

The Fostering Debate Academy in Vancouver has created an online speech contest to promote positive activities for youth amidst the Covid-19 quarantine, and to raise money for Food Banks Canada. Any one in grades 4 to 12 can participate and there are cash prizes of up to $3000! Click here for all the details: https://fdtacademy.com/publicspeakingcontest/

This event is not run by SEDA, but we encourage SEDA students to participate.

Saskatchewan Spring Online Debate Tournament

On May 8th and 9th Saskatchewan students in grades 7 to 9 will compete in the Saskatchewan Spring Online Debate Tournament on Discord. This tournament is being run by SK High School debaters, who want to provide an opportunity for Intermediate and Novice debaters to debate in an unconventional and unique tournament. This tournament is student-run and independent from SEDA’s official season. We wish the organizers and competitors good luck in this new format!

Simon Lono Invitational

The first annual Simon Lono Invitational Debate Tournament hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Speech and Debate Union (NLSDU) will take place on May 15-17, 2020. It is open to grades 9 - 12. Please read the invitation linked below for the tournament and registration information. As this is not a SEDA event, all questions should be directed to the contacts given on the event invitation.

If you are willing to judge, please register through the event invitation below.


INVITATION

Junior Canadian National Debating Championships - Online

Junior Nationals has moved to an online event scheduled for May 28th to 31st hosted on Zoom and Google Hangout. Students qualify for Junior Nationals by combining 40% of their provincial score and 60% of best team scores from any two tournaments in the season. Those who qualified have been notified. Good luck to all our Junior National Competitors!

Senior National Debating Championships - TBD

The Senior Nationals planning committee is intending to host an online version of the event. They hope to have details out to provincials organizations this week. We will keep you posted!

We will keep you updated on national events and summer programming at the SEDA Website and our through our Social Media.

As we celebrate our 45th Anniversary, we invite you to join our ‘Words Are Powerful’ Campaign and donate to support SEDA and its work with Saskatchewan's young people. Your donation will enable us to expand our programs and keep them affordable and accessible.

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