A two-stage foundation building course for students to gain clarity of thought and speech by acquiring and applying key debate skills.


Form, defend and articulate a personal point-of-view


No prior experience in public speaking or debate required


10 sessions x 2 hours (inclusive of 1 final showcase, Session 10)

  • Construct and explain a point in its entirety
  • Strengthen & defend the validity of a point
  • Connect with an audience who is unfamiliar with a topic that is being presented
  • Influence an audience with intentional word choice and speaking styles
  • Approach an unfamiliar topic and still be able to create a point of view

Develop arguments and engage in critical discourse across a range of topics


No prior experience in public speaking or debate required


8 sessions x 2 hours (inclusive of 1 final showcase, Session 8)

  • Identify multiple types of positions/ stances that can be taken on a topic
  • Prioritise points that have maximum impact on a topic
  • Develop a position that is internally consistent
  • Learn how to weigh and compare issues of greater significance to the topic
  • Craft mechanisms/ policies to address a real world issue of their choice




Sam is a professional debate and oratory coach working full time with schools such as Raffles Institution and Anglo-Chinese Junior College. He also regularly conducts training and workshops on debate, public speaking, negotiation, and model UN activities with a wide range of schools and institution in Singapore and abroad. Sam attended Harvard University on a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit Scholarship and has previously worked in the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law. Sam was also the Captain of the Singapore National Team for WSDC 2000, WSDC Adjudicator for Singapore in 2012 & 2015 and part of the WSDC organisational Committee in 2015. He has guided debaters and orators to over 30 championship titles, including international competitions such as the Asian World Schools Debating Championships; the Prometheus Cup and the Winter Holiday Open WSDC 2019.

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