Modernizing the Argumentation and Debate Classroom

All argumentation and debate instructors, at one point, become aware of the unique challenges that come with teaching the subject.  One of the more prominent problems is balancing lecture time and practice time.  DebateSensei is a project that solves the lecture/practice dilemma by recording some of the more fundamental argumentation and debate lessons so students can conveniently review the lessons as often as they want.  Covering basic concepts allows instructors the flexibility to use face-to-face time to apply concepts to current events.

Argumentation and debate instructors also have a uniquely diverse number of teaching methods.  Instructors often have a hard time finding a single textbook that fits their needs.  Debatesensei’s modular design allows instructors to choose if they want to exclusively use Debatesensei content, or to simply include the content as supplementary material.  Instructors can submit requests for specific material.

Online Courses

Free Sample Course

We are busy creating a Learning Management System that is dedicated to online argumentation and debate instruction. Using Debatesensei.com, students will have access to our entire textbook and corresponding Video Lessons. All of these services are set up with modern student in mind and are able to be accessed by either mobile device or computer.

Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Textbook

Composing Arguments, Argumentation Textbook  Amazon

For instructors that are looking for a better approach to teaching argumentation, the textbook that we offer is the answer.

IT’S HERE! Our Third Edition Textbook with fully integrated video learning. Through Debatesensei.com, the new book will come with an extensive video series with corresponding chapter exercises and assessment. The 3rd Edition is fully integrated with our video series maximizing the student experience. Specifically, using a flipped class model, we facilitate interaction both in class and online allowing more opportunities for students to actually prepare and execute the concepts taught. Integrating the online learning management, syllabus and instructional design, the textbook guides you through a successful semester with debate.

Video Lessons 

DebateSensei offers a library of instructional videos specifically tailored for argumentation and public speaking classes. Some of the topics covered in our course work include: 

Argumentation and Debate

Theory

  • Interpreting Resolutions
  • Organization / Outlining
  • Refutation / Rejoinder
  • Questions / Cross Examination

Affirming

  • Stock Issues
  • Case Construction
  • Answering Disadvantages
  • Advanced Affirmatives

Negation

  • Presumption
  • Disadvantages
  • Counterplans
  • Advanced Negative Strategies

AND MANY MORE!

Public Speaking and Individual Events

Theory

  • Types of speeches / Delivery
  • Vocalics / Kinesics
  • Language / Word Economy
  • Audience Analysis

Speeches

  • Selecting a topic
  • Research
  • Using evidence in speeches
  • Using Visual Aids

Forensics

  • The Persuasive Speech
  • The Impromptu Speech
  • The Cultural Artifact Speech
  • AND MORE!

 

 


 

Our Curriculum Includes:

  • Simplified abstract concepts through animated lessons.
  • Exercises
  • Recorded example debates / Updated analysis of world events.

Different Packages Include:

  • Lessons for a semester-long argumentation and public speaking courses focusing on:
    • Communication Theory 
    • Practical knowledge
    • Integrated with Canvas and other education web platforms.
  • A must for competitive speech and debate teams
    • A vital tool for teaching new recruits
    • Updated relevant content analyzing current events.
    • Fast track to a tournament ready team.
  • A complete lecture series for a summer debate camp
    • Instruction
    • Exercise
    • Assessment

We are always developing new instructional videos and debate commentary!

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About The Founder

DebateSensei is a the flagship product of Proto Communications LLC,  and has taken several years to come into focus. Teaching argumentation and debate to be more challenging than I expected, so I started seeking out alternative methods and content.  I wondered if other instructors were experience the same challenges.  When I didn’t find what I was looking for I created it. Creating quality content proved to be labor intensive, and I realized why more instructors didn’t do the same. But I wondered if there might be a way to sustainably and constantly create content that could meet the needs of the contemporary Argumentation and Debate instructors. Debatesensei is that attempt.  I do this because I believe in the importance of the argumentation and debate. 

Founder of DebateSensei Jared Kubicka-Miller

Jared Kubicka-Miller

Founder of  DebateSensei, managing member of Proto Communications LLC Jared Kubicka-Miller, has been an argumentation and debate instructor for over ten years. He received is MA in Communications with an emphasis in rhetoric from California State University Long Beach. He has coached several award winning debaters, both at California State University, Long Beach, and at Santiago Canyon College. Jared participated in parliamentary debate as a college student and won several prestigious awards such as runner-up at the 2003 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, runner-up at the 2003 Point Loma Round Robin, and quarter-finalist at the 2003 National Parliamentary Debate Association national tournament.

 

Matthew Shapiro, managing member of Proto Communications LLC. In May of 2015, I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with  a Bachelor of Arts Communication Studies with an emphasis in Argumentation and Persuasion. As a former competitor, at CSUF which culminated in  a 1st Place at the 2014 National Education Debate Association, at Ball State, Muncie IN, in  Traditional Public Forum. I met Jared first, in 2008, as a student of his at Santiago Canyon College in Orange CA taking his Argumentation COM 111 class.  That culminated in competing under Jared (sensei) and his better half Tara, who took SCC to Phi Rho Pi Nationals in 2009, where I competed in: Impromptu and Extemp Speech Events, and took Bronze in Parliamentary Debate. I have coached at the intercollegiate level at SCC forensics from 2014-16. I coached at the Middle and High School levels at Uni Institute, Cerritos CA 2015-2016. I have continued competition at  Western State College of Law as a member of Moot Court, and after passing the CA Bar Examination, god willing, I seek to create course content for trial practice and moot court class structures, as well as incorporate interactive functionality with law school course work.

Rita Rafael, managing member of Proto Communications LLC. In 2017, Rita graduated from Chapman University in Orange California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Rita competed two years Informative, Persuasive, Communication Analysis, as well as interpretative events including Prose, and Duo. Rita has coached for two years at the community college level and hopes to grow the studies of communications and forensic competition.

Proto Communications LLC seeks to deliver high quality multimedia course materials at reasonable cost to the modern student, Debatesensei is the first product of Proto Communications that provides cutting edge, flipped class and online curriculum for various argumentation and communication courses. Please do not hesitate to contact us about creating courses for your class.