646 Competitive Speaking

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Prerequisite: 641 Speech

Competitive Speaking is a semester class designed to train students in speech forensics. Students will prepare and deliver performances in radio speaking, humorous and dramatic interpretation, duet acting, duo improvisation, original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, and prose and poetry reading. Competitive Speaking students will be required to participate in co-curricular speech tournaments and oratories. 

Notes: Because of the variety of concepts learned, this class may be taken more than once.



By the completion of this course, students will be able to... 

  1. Identify all types of forensics and speech events.
  2. Identify speech tournament organization and rules.
  3. Identify and rehearse speech event preparation.
  4. Utilize various verbal expressions during presentations.
  5. Utilize various nonverbal expressions during presentations.
  6. Locate,prepare, rehearse, and perform each event in class.
  7. Locate, prepare, rehearse, and perform at least two events for co-curricular speaking events.



By completion of this course, students will know...

  1. The fundamentals of speech tournament scoring and format
  2. How to prepare oratory events
  3. How to prepare interpretation events
  4. Where and how to enter other speech competitions



This course last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.