1 Week UIL Focus Lab

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Persuasion theory. In these lectures students discuss argumentation theory, learn effective cross examination strategies, and think through the process of UIL judge adaptation.


Utilizing resources. Students spend time in the library learning how to use electronic databases, government publications, and traditional research resources. They will also study the practicalities of developing a position on current events topics that would be persuasive to different audiences.

Small workshop lab groups. Students spend time reading material and constructing arguments, or participating in practice sessions.

Sunday, July 10 - Sunday, July 17, 2011

Baylor University is excited to offer special instruction with a focus on Texas UIL-style debate. If you choose to attend the UIL Focus Lab, you will choose one of the following tracks:

  • Policy debate
  • Lincoln-Douglas debate


$650.00 - Price includes room, board, tuition and the cost of photocopying done within the various squads of the workshop, but it does not include individual photocopying by a student.

About the Workshop Staff

All students will receive instruction on argumentation and persuasion theory from outstanding teachers who conduct research in the area, and who know what it takes to win in Texas UIL competition.

Dr. Matt Gerber has extensive experience coaching debate at the University of Kansas and Baylor and is the Assistant Director of Forensics at Baylor. Matt was a three-time qualifier to the NDT and is a co-author of the 2005 & 2006 Baylor Briefs, Communican and Kritik Killers handbooks.

Keith Haynie is the highly-successful Director of Debate at South Garland High School in Texas. Keith is back again for another year as the men's dorm director and is the co-director of the Teacher's Workshop.