Debate – Typical Day

Students will have their days broken into a variety of different debate instructional activities. Debaters participate in varied curriculum, including:

  • Longer, prepared topic and skill lectures by Institute Faculty members
  • “Mini-lectures” on topics guided by student requests and needs
  • Full-length practice debates with feedback
  • One-on-one debate speech “redo” sessions with instructors
  • Guided topic research
  • A variety of other activities and skills practice within lab groups, including small group work and student led discussions on topics of their interest
  • And, of course, fun!


The Northwestern Debate Institute Faculty strives to create an Institute-long curriculum schedule that provides students an engaging debate experience through a varied set of activities each day to maximize both education outcomes and student enjoyment of the activity.

7:45 am – 8:30 am  Breakfast
9:00 am  Institute Roll Call
9:30 am – 12:00 pm  Morning Instruction period (Lectures and/or Lab classes)
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Afternoon Lab Instruction period
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  Dinner
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Evening Lab Instruction period

*This schedule will be followed seven days a week. Exceptions include Sunday morning late start (1:30 pm), and Saturday evening fun activities.



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