SWord Speech Club
What is SWord Speech Club?
We are a group of Christian homeschooled students, coaches and parents who help students develop public speaking skills in order to engage our culture with a Christian worldview. We do this primarily through weekly meetings where all members, whether new to public speaking or experienced, can learn the art of public speaking in a supportive, educational, and fun environment. Each week, students polish their skills by giving and receiving constructive feedback from coaches and club members in order to prepare them for competitive tournaments. Our objective is to cultivate a close-knit supportive networking of families and students committed to encouraging and helping each one grow, mature and succeed. Our desire is to know, nurture and encourage each student.
What is “competitive speech?”
Similar to speech and debate leagues in public schools, our league, Stoa, holds tournaments locally and around the country where students present their speeches to community and parent judges who evaluate them and give them feedback so they can continue to improve. A fun part of speech club is participating in these tournaments.
In addition, SWord Speech Club has a unique academic lettering system in which students can earn awards for community volunteer work and studying the Apologetics topics on top of competition requirements.
Cragmor Christian Reformed Church,
1225 Acacia Drive
Across from UCCS off Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Turn south on Meadow Lane, then right on Acacia.
Go to the back of the building.
Regular meeting time, Tuesdays 3:00-5:00 (5:00-6:00 Limited Prep Events)
When: We meet every Tuesday starting in
September after Labor Day.
What is the cost?
SWord Club fees:
Stoa Membership: In order to compete, Each family must become a member of the Stoa Homeschool Speech and Debate League, which has an annual fee of $40/family.
Tournament fees: These vary by tournament and the number of events a student chooses to compete in.
Typical fees are approx. $35 per tournament.
Questions? Call Sandra Bateman
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Beginning in September we will introduce each event and set incremental assignments toward skill building in research, writing and presentation. Students polish their skills by giving and receiving constructive feedback from coaches and club members in order to prepare them for competitive tournaments. Our objective is to cultivate a close-knit supportive networking of families and students committed to encouraging and helping each one grow, mature and succeed.
25+ years experience in teaching, theatre and competitive speech
Sandra Bateman /Christopher Bateman
10 years experience in competitive speech.
What kinds of speeches can I learn to
(original oratory, persuasive, expository (using visual aids);
- Limited Preparation
- Interpretive Presentations
and even more!
You can read more about each competitive event at (www.stoausa.org ).
What else will I learn through SWord Speech Club?
- Personal development in writing and presentation skills.
- How to research and analyze a topic.
- How to listen and speak well.
- Develop appreciation for edifying
- Logical analysis of speeches and
- How to give and receive constructive feedback.
- How to dress and act in a professional manner.
- How to develop Christian character through hard work, humility, and
- Encouragement of other’s development.
- Encourage other venues for
In addition, SWord Speech Club has a unique lettering system in which students can earn awards for community volunteer work and studying the apologetics topics.