Speech and Debate

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate

    Lincoln-Douglas debate provides excellent training for development of skills in argumentation, persuasion, research, and audience analysis. Through this contest, students are encouraged to develop a direct and communicative style of oral delivery. Lincoln-Douglas debate is a one on-one argumentation in which debaters attempt to convince the judge of the acceptability of their side of a proposition. One debater shall argue the affirmative side of the resolution, and one debater shall argue the negative side of the resolution in a given round.

    Debate Link: http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/debate
    Coach:  Ms. Pruske Room B206

    Informative Speaking: The purpose of this contest is to stimulate an active interest in current affairs at the state, national and international levels, and to teach the student to present extemporaneously in a clear and impartial manner the facts about a subject as they appear in the best available sources of information. This contest is an exercise in clear thinking and informing the public on the issues and concerns of the American people. The objective is to present information orally in an interesting way, and an attempt should not be made to change the listener’s mind beyond presenting the information. The speaker has 30- minutes to prepare a speech on a topic they draw and are allowed to use one note card.

    Extemporaneous Speaking Link: http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/extemp


    Persuasive Speaking

    The purpose of this contest is to train students to analyze a current issue, determine a point of view, and then organize and deliver extemporaneously a speech that seeks to persuade listeners to agree with that viewpoint. The objective is to reinforce the views of listeners who already believe as the speaker does, but even more so, to bring those of neutral or opposing views around to the speaker’s beliefs or proposed course of action. This oral contest should especially appeal to those who have a strong argumentative urge and who wish to advocate reforms or outline solutions for current problems.

    Extemporaneous Speaking Link: http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/extemp

    Coach: Mr. Kopplin in Portable 81B

    Prose and Poetry:  The purpose of this contest is to encourage the student to understand, experience and share poetry or prose through the art of oral interpretation.  Oral interpretation, or the study of literature through its performance, can be defined as a demonstration of analysis, performance and communication skills offered publicly on behalf of literature.  This competition appeals to students who like to combine acting, literature, and performance.

    Oral Interpretation Link:  http://www.uiltexas.org/speech/oral-interp