Designed for college-preparatory students or students with an interest in public speaking, this course includes training in public speaking and emphasizes an understanding of the elements of debate, the process of communicating more effectively, the techniques involved in critical analysis and constructive evaluation of one’s own communications, as well as communication with others. Because the National High School Debate Topic changes yearly, as do the four different topics for the Lincoln-Douglas debates, this course may be repeated for credit. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in events held outside of school hours. Parental involvement is necessary. Students are also required to perform for the class as part of their assessments.