Speech and debate is an academic activity typically available to students in middle school, high school, and/or college. Similar to athletic sports, speech and debate activities are challenging, competitive in nature, and require regular practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work.
Original Oratory involves a presentation by one, two, or sometimes a group of students that is judged against a similar type of presentation by others in a round of competition. Speech events range from limited preparation events that require extensive knowledge of current events to dramatic and humorous interpretation, which challenge students to find powerful moments in literature and recreate them for an audience.
Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a "crossfire" with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Students who do Public Forum must be prepared to debate in front of judges without any formal debate training. Being able to persuade a range of judges is a central component to this event.
As the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization in the world, NSDA provides an extensive array of member benefits, including resources, tournament opportunities, professional development, and more.Membership service
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|40000+||2012~2018 Members enrolled in NSDA China|
|10000+||Students participating in speech and debate programs within the 2017-18 academic year|
|570+||Partner Schools in China|
|18+||The National Speech and Debate Regional Tournaments will be held in 18+ districts in the 2019-20 academic year|
Speech and debate changes lives. From building confidence, improving communication, and increasing critical thinking skills to better preparing students for college, speech and debate activities provide life skills vital to a young person's success in the future.
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Utilizing these skills inside and outside of the classroom teaches students the value of critical thinking, the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, to answer questions logically with clarity, and to think on one's feet. Additionally, students develop interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, assertiveness, and listening to peers. These important life skills empower youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.
"Debate has improved my English in so many ways: speech writing helped me with my reading and writing skills, whilst rebuttal enhanced my listening and speaking skills. But I think what makes debate so unique is the process of debating itself: you have to remain calm and clear-minded under high pressure, and think quick on your feet. You have to pick up loopholes in your opponent's arguments even though they may be very reasonable."
Higher tests scores
Rise in college acceptance
Unique benefits for at-risk students
Speech and debate prepares students for college, a career and their future.
"There are several advantages to debate. First of all, it develops innovative thinking skills, as every debater needs to logically analyze the given resolution. Secondly, it asks the students to have attain a broad knowledge and understanding of the social/political/ scientific issues related to the resolution. Thirdly, students have plenty of opportunities to face off with their opponents across the country and even across the world. And finally, debate not only emphasizes how individuals present themselves, but also how the team cooperates as a group. It enhances communication skills, which is vital for students' EQ."
Every year, NSDA China hosts a range of speech and debate tournaments for students to engage in and accumulate merit points.
These competitive events are mainly divided into three levels:
The National Speech and Debate Tournament China and TOC China. Last year, over 10000 high school students competed to determine one of the most prestigious titles in high school academics: national champion of China. Students qualify for the National Tournament through placement in their Regional Tournament.
Regional Tournaments organized by NSDA China. This is held every year (one in fall and one in spring) across different geographical regions in China to determine the qualifiers to the National Tournament in speech and debate. All students must be members of NSDA China.
NSDA China authorized school-based competition. Middle school and/or high schoool teams can participate in tournaments that are organized within their school or between schools within the area.
Please contact us via 021-60452021 if you want to apply for NSDA authorization for your competition.