Students on stage during the Speech and Debate Competition

Speech and Debate Competition

Every year, the Department of Communication hosts the Speech and Debate Competition on campus. All Indiana Tech students (Traditional Day, CPS, and online) are encouraged to compete, and industry professionals judge events. Winners receive prizes. Competitors should dress professionally.

Participants must select an event listed below and email Dr. Alicia Wireman, akwireman@indianatech.edu, with their name and event to register.

Registration ends on February 10, 2020.

This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in various classrooms in the Snyder Academic Center. Competitors must be arrive before 8:30 a.m. at the Snyder Atrium. First round begins at 9 a.m., and the Awards Ceremony should begin at 2 p.m. Free breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

 

Group of students from the Speech and Debate Competition in 2019

Students participating in the Speech and Debate Competition in 2019

Scoring

Each competitor will participate in three rounds of his/her selected event, and the judge ranks the competitors in each round. All of the competitors’ scores are tabulated, and the top six competitors in each event will then compete in a Final Round for multiple judges. The judges in the Final Round rank the competitors. The finalists’ scores for all three initial rounds as well as their Final Round ranks are tabulated to determine final placements and the winners.

Prizes

1st Place: First place winners in each event will receive a prize valued at $150.00 and a first-place ribbon.
2nd Place: Second place winners in each event will receive a prize valued at $50.00 and a second-place ribbon.
3rd-6th Place: The remaining placements in each event will receive a ribbon.

Speech Events

Original Oratory

In this event, competitors deliver an original, 10-12 minute speech on a topic of their choice. The intent is to inform or persuade the audience on a topic of significance. This event allows students to present their voice and passion on a topic.

Participants should craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals, verbally citing sources and materials appropriately. The speech is delivered from memory without technology or notes.

Students are judged on poise, posture, articulation, voice, speech content, time, eye contact, and non-verbal communication.

Example of Original Oratory:

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Impromptu

Impromptu is an event where participants are given a topic, and they have 3 minutes to brainstorm, outline, and deliver a speech. Participants are not allowed to use technology during the round, and the speech is given without notes. Using an introduction, body, and conclusion, the speech can be light-hearted or serious. Impromptu speeches range from 4-6 minutes.

Impromptu allows a competitor to form a thesis on a prompt and use supporting information for that thesis.

Students are judged on poise, posture, articulation, voice, speech content, time, eye contact, and non-verbal communication.

Example of Impromptu:

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Debate

In this one-on-one format, students are given a topic to debate. Students gather evidence prior to the competition and may not use the Internet during the round. The debate is roughly 45 minutes and consists of speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examination. Students must prepare both the affirmative and negative cases to the issue, and a coin toss determines which side a student will present (heads equals affirmative; tails equals negative).

Debate is for those individuals who like to debate and explore questions regarding how society ought to be since questions of morality and justice are commonly examined. Students prepare cases and then engage in cross-examinations and rebuttals to convince the judge that he/she is the better debater.

Students are judged on poise, posture, articulation, voice, argument content, eye contact, and non-verbal communication.

2020 Debate Topic: Is sexual orientation determined at birth?

Structure of Debate:

Speech Time Limit Purpose
Affirmative Constructive 6 minutes Present the affirmative case
Negative Cross-Examination 3 minutes Negative asks questions of the affirmative
Negative Constructive 7 minutes Present the negative case and refute the affirmative case
Affirmative Cross-Examination 3 minutes Affirmative asks questions of the negative
First Affirmative Rebuttal 4 minutes Refute the negative case and rebuild the affirmative case
Negative Rebuttal 6 minutes Refute the affirmative case, rebuild the negative case, and offer reasons that negative should win the round, commonly referred to as voting issues.
2nd Affirmative Rebuttal 3 minutes Address negative voting issues and offer reasons for why the affirmative should win.

*Each debater is also entitled to four minutes of prep time at the beginning of the round after the coin toss.

Example of Debate:

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Radio

Radio is an event where participants are given a script, and they have 3 minutes to prepare and edit a reading over that script. The reading is given in a sequestered room via radio broadcast equipment while the judge hears the reading from another room. The reading should be upbeat and appealing.

Since the reading will differ in each round, participants must meet the time requirements of each reading. Readings range from 2-5 minutes.

Radio is for those individuals who do not like to present at the front of the room. This event allows students to compete without having to give a formal speech in front of an audience.

Students are judged on articulation, pitch, tone, volume, appeal, and time.

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