A 1-on-1 debate format where you receive a topic one to two months ahead of the tournament and prepare arguments for both sides. Debates focus on evidence, critical thinking, and philosophy.
Students argue a topic of national importance, typically one involving foreign or domestic policy in groups of two. This form of debate focuses on creating logical arguments and researching both the negatives and positives of the topic.
A unique form of debate where you and your partner are given a topic 20 minutes before the debate starts. Parliamentary debate emphasizes creative thinking skills and learning about how the world works.
A mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills and resolutions, which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law. Points are awarded to the students based off of their speaking skill.
A ten-minute prepared speech with a central theme. The theme is portrayed through three or more pieces of published literature, poems, and dramas. The final performance is memorized with voices for different characters, and pre-planned movement to better perform your piece.
A ten-minute prepared speech taken from a Ted Talk or another published speech. Students will memorize a speech written by another individual, and interpret and perform it in their own way, with the inclusion of different voices, accents, and movement.
Students deliver a self-written, memorized, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics can range widely to communicate in an informative or persuasive nature.
A 10 minute speech intended to inform the audience about a particular topic that you are interested in. The speech is supported by posters which will enhance their speech and creativity. Students write, memorize their speech and also create their posters.
A spontaneous speaking event where a five-minute speech is prepared within a span of two minutes. Students have to brainstorm a thesis and use a variety of evidence to support their claim. There is a diverse set of topics, ranging from abstract emotions like anger, happiness to quotes from Harry Potter, famous celebrities etc.
A seven minute impromptu speech made after 30 minutes of preparation. Students are given three questions they must answer in their speech before preparation time begins. The topics of the questions are related to domestic and international policy.