Speech & Debate

TKA Speech & Debate is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) and competes with other Coast Forensic League (CFL) teams in the Bay Area.  TKA has teams that compete in Policy Debate, as well as individual students who compete in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and/or Speech events. 

For more information about the TKA program, contact the Team Coach, Edwin Lin: edwin.lin@tka.org.

Speech & Debate Team 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Policy Debate resolution is Resolved:

The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

The CFL season kicks off with Demo Day and the Novice Icebreaker in September.  Teams then compete in three super debate tournaments (October, November, and January), culminating with the CFL State Qualifications in March and the NSDA National Qualifications in April. Plans for in-person events in 2021-2022 are still TBD.

Due to virtual activities this past school year, team meetings were limited to Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Zoom.  We hope to resume in-person activities during the 2021-2022 school year, in which teams will meet at least two times a week (exact days and times TBD).  

New debaters must attend lunch time training during August and September.  Students who have taken a debate class previously will not need lunch training.

The Speech & Debate team fee for this season will be $200, which covers team expenses such as registrations, tournament fees, and coach stipends. Families will be billed through the TKA FACTS system.  

Members must be comfortable working with a partner. No prior experience is required.  Students in 7th through 12th grade are welcome.

We train new members in argumentation, research, cross-examination, and delivery.  Our goal is to help students become more persuasive, eloquent speakers and to sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills.