As a past debater I found that debate skills benefits of critical thinking, and teamwork have been beneficial in the work environment, college, graduate school and when negotiating a price adjustment for your home based on community demographics. The debate skills also enhances your ability to gather information and your thoughts in structural and organized manner. During debate sessions you are required to prepare informed arguments utilizing reasoning and evidence. Debate teams also improved for confidence in public speaking and knowledge of many topics. On the other hand taking AP Language and Composition is designed to help you become a skilled reader and writer. In some schools students are allowed to study for the AP Language and Composition exam outside of school and sign up for the exam only. Please ask your school if that is possible.