Frequently Asked Questions
What is expected of students and parents?
Students are expected to attend and participate in each class. They should also attend a minimum of 4 tournaments each year. They should expect 1-2 hours of homework each week. They should expect to do new and hard things and not give up.
Parents are expected to support their children by helping them get to class and tournaments and giving them time to work on speech and debate. Parents are also required to judge at at least one tournament every year (one time for each child in speech and debate).
What do I need to know about tournaments?
Tournaments are held monthly from October to April on Saturdays. They are typically held at schools and colleges including Weber State University, the University of Utah, BYU, American Heritage School and Canyon Grove. Tournaments go from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For our online students, tournaments will be hosted via Zoom.
Students should attend a minimum of 4 tournaments each year, but are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Tournaments bring everything together in speech and debate and are an integral component of the class and experience.
What does judging at a tournament mean?
WIDL uses parents and other adults as judges at tournaments. Each parent agrees to judge for a full day tournament at least once per year for each child they have enrolled in a class. Judging means you will be assigned a group of students in an event. You will listen to their speeches or debates and you will rank them and give them feedback.
Judges register to judge at the tournament or tournaments of their choice. (You can judge as often as you like.) After registering, judges are given instructions and some training on judging. However, even if you've never judged before, you will be a great judge. WIDL does not use highly trained, technical judges. Judging at a tournament lets you see Speech and Debate in a whole new way. It's a great experience and you should look forward to it!
Where are classes held?
Classes are typically held in homes. You can find the city of each class location on the schedule. After you are registered for a class you will be sent the exact location.
How much does the class cost?
Tuition is for the full school year and varies depending on the class. You can find all in information you need on tuition here.
At what age can students start?
If a student is thirteen or older to start the school year, then the student may join any beginning class. If a student is twelve or older to start the school year, then we would want to interview the student to assess whether the class is a good fit for the student at a younger age.
What is the age range in the class?
This can vary significantly based on class particularly when new areas are opening up, but it usually goes Beginning 13-15, Intermediate 14-16, Elite 15-18.
What if I have more questions?
You can always get in contact with us by filling out our interest form. A teacher in your location will contact you and you can ask them whatever questions you would like.