Welcome to Omega Speech and Debate!
A Unique, Individualized Approach To Mastering Public Speaking And Debate
Omega Speech And Debate Is a Public Speaking And Debate Academy For Students In Grades 5-12. Omega’s program Is Geared Towards Teaching Students With Any Level of speech and debate experience!
Omega’s high-quality, accessible services and tailored curriculum equip the next generation of debaters and leaders with fundamental life skills encapsulating research, communication, critical thinking, Writing, Argumentation, and Public speaking!
What Does Omega Mean?
Linguistically, “Omega” is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. However, in English, “Omega” is used as a symbol of the last, best, or final nature of something. We call ourselves Omega Speech and Debate because we exist to help each and every single one of our students become the best public speakers and debaters they can possibly be. To help them maximize their potential in debate. In other words, we want debaters To reach their “Omega State”.
However, many debaters never reach their maximum potential during their high school careers. For the few who do, they only reach it near the very end of their debate careers – as high school seniors. We believe that this is because most debaters don’t know the specific weaknesses that They have to fix, and don’t know how to improve their skills after attending a debate camp or class. However, our institute aims to change this issue. At Omega, the skills of every student will Be evaluated not once, not twice, but every day to guarantee that they receive constant feedback on what they need to improve on. Furthermore, each student’s debate journey doesn’t end when their time at one of our classes or camps ends. We won’t only teach them skills, but also teach them how to improve at debate on their own and without instructors so that they can always keep getting better!
That’s ultimately the philosophy of our academy – training debaters to reach their maximum potentials as early on in their high school careers as possible. By doing this, we help our students maximize their competitive success, and therefore, optimize their debate experience.
The core mission of Omega Speech and Debate is to give students an opportunity to engage in the extremely fun, educational, and practical extracurricular activity of Public Forum Debate. Our primary goal is to help as many students as possible improve at the essential skills of good communication. Hence, we have priced our tuition at the most affordable price point out of every debate program in the nation. This was done to minimize the financial barrier to accessing our high-quality coaching resources. The tuition that we charge is used to cover our institutional running costs. 100% of any profit that we earn will be used to support local high school speech and debate teams. We hope that with these extra funds, local teams will be able to afford greater coaching resources and tournament opportunities. Therefore, the main purpose of Omega is not to earn profits but rather to bring the full benefits of debate within reach of students in various local communities, as well as support public debate programs. Our staff simply wants to give back to the debate community that has been so good to us by training and funding the next generation of nationally esteemed debaters.
Why Choose Omega?
What We Teach!
At Omega, shyness will disappear! Every student will learn the essential skills of good public speaking, so that they know how to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas to all types of people. An important emphasis will be made on persuasive, or engaging speaking, which is crucial to not only students’ success in debate, but in school and their career paths. Public speaking is a vital 21st century skill, and students can master it here at our class.
Public Forum Debate
Omega focuses on the most popular and practical national debate format today: Public Forum. Students will learn the fundamentals of this type of debate and be trained to competitively succeed in this format. Our staff will challenge students in Public Forum skills to ensure the rapid improvement of their debate abilities. At Omega, even the students with no experience in Public Forum will be transformed into debaters who are ready to compete and succeed at national tournaments.
Research is a key component of debate, many classes in school, and various career paths. Every student in the U.S. will eventually have to complete research-based assignments. Because it is so essential to many academic fields, our class will train students into top-tier researchers. We will teach them the tricks and skills of effective researching, as well as how to apply them to not only debate, but any task where they need to find and use facts.
Navigating High School Debate
Our class will specifically prepare students for the competitive atmosphere of high school debate. Every class, our instructors will share personal experiences from their debate careers to all students, and use that experience to teach a lesson about what high school competitions are like. Through doing this, our class will inform students on the logistics of participating in high school debate, as well as the challenges of competing on the circuit. Most importantly, we’ll teach them how to prepare for overcoming those challenges to find success in their debate careers!
At Omega, students won’t only engage in new perspectives of thinking, but also learn how to think quickly on their feet. Critical thinking is an extremely practical skill in all aspects of academics, careers, and life. Thus, our instructors will develop this ability in students by training them to refute and defend arguments off the top of their head. Public Forum debate rounds require high-level critical thinking from its participants; we will use this aspect of the activity to help students become efficient and effective thinkers.
Debate is an activity that requires intensive writing. Our class won’t brush writing aside and only consider it as a part of debate; we’ll make sure that our students learn valuable writing skills along the way. Our instructors are great writers as much as they are great debaters, and will help students put their ideas into words more effectively. We will especially focus on training students in the ability of argumentative writing, by teaching them the skills needed to write persuasive arguments.