The Extemporaneous Speaking Workshop
Extemporaneous Speaking is one of the most demanding of all the events sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association. Combining the speaking skills associated with many speech events and the argumentative skills associated with debate events, Extemp provides a terrific blend of challenges that teaches students the real-world skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-Century global culture and economy.
Extemporaneous Speaking is an event largely based on current events. Extempers read constantly, and very widely, on topics as far afield as Chinese economics and American culture battles, from U.S. influence in South America to election politics in Japan. Each competition round requires the speaker to present a speech on a completely different topic. With only 30 minutes of preparation time, students give a speech of up to seven minutes in length, including research references, entirely without notes. The staff at ISD ranges from former competitors in the final round of NFL Nationals to coaches with champions at such prestigious tournaments as the Harvard University Invitational and NSDA Nationals.
Our workshop will be a blend of content area lectures, labs on the strategy for speech preparation, organizational skills for team squads and electronic research files, and many, many practice rounds. We will focus on the techniques and skills necessary to turn the novice speaker into a confident competitor and the already experienced speaker into one competitive in the most prestigious events.
The ISD’s senior staff members are lifelong and highly qualified high school teachers as well as coaches. They have been honored with awards for teaching and coaching excellence. They know the importance of a carefully designed program and of well-crafted lessons that stress active learning and mastery of skills and concepts. Their distinguished practice as teachers ensures that ISD's Workshop is powerfully engaging and effective for students.
We offer a flexible schedule and options to meet the needs of all students. Students are encouraged to reside on campus, but may choose to commute to the Institute. For Extemporaneous Speaking in 2017, we offer both one-week and two-week options.
Typical Daily Schedule
8:00 am – 8:50 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Content Lectures
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Topic Research and Filing
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch/Break
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Strategy and Technique Labs
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Practice Speeches
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Practice Rounds
After 8:00 pm: Commuters must depart campus
10:00 pm: Resident students must be inside their residence hall
11:00 pm: Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11 pm - 7 am: Quiet hours