The Debate and Forensics CSULA club


DESCRIPTION OF COMPETITION EVENTS

Debate Events:

Parliamentary Debate: CSULA is a member of the National Parliamentary Debate Association and offers debate opportunities at tournaments that conform to the Association’s rules. Parli is a form of team debate where the topic changes every round.

NFA LD(NATIONAL FORENSICS ASSOCIATION LINCOLN-DOUGLAS) Debate: While CSULA does not attend NFA nationals, PSCFA includes sections for debaters wanting to focus on a policy-based topic that can be researched for an entire year.

Speech Events:

Limited Preparation Events

Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech is serious in nature with topic selection that varies per round. Speakers have a total of 7 minutes and may use the time at their discretion. Limited notes are permitted. Generally, most speakers prepare for 2 minutes and speak for 5. Topics include proverbs, famous quotations, song lyrics, cartoon, etc.

Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants are given three topics in the general area of current event. Contestants choose one, and have a maximum of 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is 7 min long and the original work of the student. Limited notes are permitted. Most students consult files of magazines, journals and newspapers to prepare.

Platform Events

Informative Speaking: An original, factual speech by the student on a realistic subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Persuasive Speaking: An original, factual speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce or change beliefs, values, or actions of the audience. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

After-dinner Speaking: Also called a Speech to Entertain. An original, humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a nightclub act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Communication Analysis: Also known as Rhetorical Criticism. An original, speech by the student designed to offer an explanation and evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, movement, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of communication principles. Audio-visual aids may be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Interpretation Events

Prose Interpretation: A selection or selections of prose material (novels) of literary merit (has something worthwhile to say about the human experience), which may be drawn from more than one source. Multiple selections develop a theme. Play cuttings are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including the introduction.

Dramatic Interpretation: A cutting from a play of literary merit (has something worthwhile to say about the human experience), which may be drawn from more than one source. Multiple selections develop a theme. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including the introduction.

Poetry Interpretation: A selection or selections of poems of literary merit (has something worthwhile to say about the human experience), which may be drawn from more than one source. Multiple selections develop a theme. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including the introduction.

Duo Interpretation: A cutting from a play involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. This material may be drawn from stage, TV or radio. This is not an acting event, thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc. Presentation is from a manuscript and the focus is off-stage. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including the introduction.

Program Oral Interpretation: Any combination of literature from two or more genres used to develop a single theme. Use of a manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction and transitions.

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