The Toronto Debating Academy offers a variety of classes for students of diverse skill levels. Our in person classes are run in exclusive partnership with Olympiads School in North York and our online classes are run in partnership with Inside Out.
Weekly classes involve speaking drills, practice debates and seminars designed to develop students’ knowledge of crucial subject areas and strategic skills. Free trial classes are available at Olympiads. We welcome students with a wide range of experience; our skilled instructors will help you determine which class is the best match for you.
Personalized workshops are scheduled on a flexible basis according to our clients’ needs. We offer public speaking seminars to academic and professional clients. If you are interested in arranging for the Toronto Debating Academy to deliver a seminar to your organization, please contact us.
To enrol in classes, complete our registration form. If you have questions about the registration process, including program costs and schedule, please email Olympiads or include your question on the registration form. If you have questions about the curriculum that are not answer below, please email TDA directly.
Beginner classes (including Levels 1 and 2) are appropriate for middle school students and students who are brand new to debating. Older students can use Beginner classes to learn the format, and can be streamed into more challenging classes when they feel ready.
Intermediate classes (including Level 3) are appropriate for high school students who have a firm grasp on British and Canadian Parliamentary debating formats, and have some experience either attending tournaments or receiving coaching from their school.
Advanced classes (including Level 4) are targeted to students who have already demonstrated their ability as speakers, usually by breaking, or advancing to elimination rounds, at major tournaments. Admission to Advanced classes is at the instructor’s discretion.
The Junior and Senior designation for some classes mainly reflects an attempt to group similarly aged students together. Senior classes tend to be slightly more advanced but a senior class at one level is never ahead of a junior class at a higher level.
Winter/Spring 2019 Class schedule for Olympiads School
(306 Consumers Road, North York. Near the DVP and Sheppard)
September 4 to December 23
Level 1-1: Saturdays, 4:50pm-6:50pm
Level 1-2: Sundays, 12:10pm-2:10pm
Level 1-3: Sundays, 4:50pm-6:50pm
Level 1-4: Saturdays, 7:10pm-9:10pm
Level 1-5 Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm
Level 2-1: Tuesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Level 2-2: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Level 2-3: Saturdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Level 2-4: Saturdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Level 2-5: Saturdays, 4:50pm-6:50pm
Level 2-6: Saturdays, 7:10pm-9:10pm
Level 2-7: Sundays, 9:50am-11:50am
Level 2-8: Sundays, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Level 2-9: Sundays, 7:10pm-9:10pm
Jr. Level 3-1: Saturdays, 12:10pm-2:10pm
Jr. Level 3-1: Saturdays, 7:10pm-9:10pm
Level 3-1: Fridays, 4:45pm-6:45pm
Level 3-2: Fridays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Level 3-3: Saturdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Jr. Level 4-1: Fridays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jr. Level 4-2: Saturdays, 9:50am-11:50am
Level 4: Saturdays, 11:30am-1:30pm