Advanced Competitive Speech

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Teacher: Amy Meyer
Date/Time: Wednesday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Apologetics / Speech & Debate
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Every single day people all around the world stand up in front of some kind of audience and speak.  The study of public speaking is important for many reasons.  On a personal level, it clears away anxiety, builds confidence, improves communication skills, and hones critical thinking.  On a practical level, it increases leadership potential, makes you more influential, and enables you to impart information and persuade and entertain others.  In Advanced Competitive Speech class, we will hone your speech making skills to a fine point.  We will study different aspects of the art of successful speaking in each class with the majority of class time dedicated to refining student’s prepared speeches, as well as perfecting our limited prep speaking. Students are expected to compete in at least two STOA prepared speech categories in either platform or interpretive speaking, in addition to one limited prep category.   Students should come to class on the first day of fall semester with one speech substantially prepared.  Mrs. Meyer will customize each student's curriculum depending on their skill level and experience.  Students will need to sign the STOA statement of Faith which can be found at this link.  Please note this class is for students who either have prior speech experience or who are reasonably comfortable speaking before an audience. Students who are reluctant to participate in public speaking should sign up for Mrs. Meyer’s 12:45 Public Speaking class.

There are a surprising number of speech categories from which students can choose to participate.   The events are broken down into four categories:

  • Interpretive Speeches,
  • Limited Preparation Speeches,
  • Platform Speeches, and
  • Wildcard Speeches.
Within the categories the events are – 
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Open interpretation
  • Dramatic interpretation
  • Apologetics
  • Mars Hills Impromptu
  • Extemporaneous
  • Expository
  • Original Oratory
  • Persuasive
  • Demonstration.
  This class is designed for competition that follows the StoaUSA homeschool league.  
  • Public speaking skills taught with emphasis on topic selection, research, organization, writing and presentation. Additional Concepts: Audience analysis, humor, and vocal & nonverbal delivery.
  • There are 2-3 tournaments held at Church of the Apostles. Students are required to attend at least two tournaments hosted by Metro Atlanta Forensics Club. Parents are required to attend as guardians of their students and serve as judges and volunteer help for the tournament. EXCEPTIONS to tournament attendance must be arranged with the instructor. .
  • Many competitors attend tournaments offered in other neighboring states as well as in another location in GA.
  • Parents are also required to agree with the Statement of Faith found on the StoaUSA website.
  • Categories for the various speech events can be found here.
  • Interested students are encouraged to attend other tournaments held in neighboring states.

Tuition: $395 fall semester, $395, spring semester  $70  supply fee per semester.  Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester.  These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of resources used in class and monthly administrative fees. Please note, class will not meet on September 13th or January 24th.

Course materials:  Students will need a dedicated speech binder with paper and pockets.  Students will also need to purchase A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions by Victor Pelegrino.  ISBN-13: 978-0945045021