These contests are a component of the Provost’s Summit on Teaching and Learning 08, entitled Sharing Expectations for Student Writing and Speaking.
What is the topic?How does speaking sustain democracy?Students may pursue any facet of this question.
What type of speech is required?A persuasive speech. An extemporaneous speech delivery is preferred; such a delivery is conversational in style, and often makes use of a phrase outline.
Are notes or note cards permissible?Yes, but speakers should not plan to read a paper to the audience.Delivery is a critical component of persuasive speaking.
Are visual aids required?Visual aids such as PowerPoint presentations are not allowed in this contest. The speech should not require technology.
What is the required length of this persuasive speech? 7-10 minutes.Time cues will be provided, and the maximum time will be enforced.
When do I present the speech? Student speech contestants need to submit a speech title and contact information to email@example.com by Monday, October 13th at At that time, student speakers will be scheduled to present their speeches to a small faculty judging group on Tuesday, October 28th, beginning at at the Pollock Alumni House.Finalists will be selected to present their speeches in Reeve Union on Friday October 31st from
How will the papers be judged?Faculty judges will select finalists using an evaluation tool available by request from firstname.lastname@example.org .Those finalists will be judged by the Chancellor and others using the same evaluation tool.
When will the winner be announced?Finalists’ speeches will be presented and then prizes awarded by Chancellor Wells on Friday, October 31st from in Reeve Union.All entrants will receive a certificate at that time.