Speech & Debate
Contact Info

Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

Email:
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Department Phone:
512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-232-1499

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UIL Speech & Debate Event Overview

Event Time Limit Synopsis Delivery
Prose Interpretation 7 Minutes; no grace oral interpretation of prose
  • prepare 2 performances from 2 specified categories of literature;
  • documentation of categories often required
  • oral reading
  • not memorized except for the introduction
Poetry Interpretation 7 Minutes; no grace oral interpretation of poetry
  • prepare 2 performances from 2 specified categories of literature;
  • documentation of categories often required
  • oral reading
  • not memorized except for the introduction
Informative Speaking 7 Minutes; allowed to finish sentence speech is informative in nature
  • the speaker draws 5 current event topics
  • chooses one on which to speak after 30 minutes of preparation time
  • 1 3 x 5 notecard allowed
Persuasive Speaking 7 Minutes; allowed to finish sentence speech is persuasive in nature
  • the speaker draws 5 current event topics
  • chooses one on which to speak after 30 minutes of preparation time
  • 1 3 x 5 notecard allowed
Lincoln-Douglas Debate 6-3-7-3-4-6-3
4 minute preparation
one person on each side debating value resolutions
  • UIL fall topic used August - December
  • Spring topic used January - May
  • Topic available on UIL website
Cross-Examination Debate 8-3-8-3-8-3-8-3-5-5-5-5
8 minute preparation
two-member teams debating policy question
  • Topic released each January for the following year
  • Broad national topic remains the same all year
  • Topic available on UIL website
Congress 3 hour sessions Participating schools author bills and resolutions which are considered for debate; legislative contestants are divided into chambers where their speeches are scored

Extemporaneous

 

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