Extemporaneous Speaking

Brief Overview

     Extemporaneous is one of the limited preparation events that requires students to have a new speech every single round. The premise is simple: Students are given 1-3 questions in 'Extemp Prep' in which they are then asked to take 30 minutes to prepare a 7 minute speech answering the question they are given. 

     The most time intensive component to Extemporaneous Speaking is probably the filing of articles and information. The integration of the laptop cut down on this hassle significantly, but there are still lots of decisions to make, such as how to store and organize your files, and the best ways to make them accessible to everyone on your extemp squad. We recommend Dropbox, that way the files update across all the computers using the files at once, and double filing becomes less likely. An organizational chart for these files can be found below. 

Extemp Primer - This explains some of the basic components to Extemp, describes How to File, and even lists some of the best sources. 

Judging Criteria

In Depth Approach

The Basic Extemp Format (3x1) - This document is a full explanation of the Extemp outline in entirety, including the breakdown and questions that each speech should include. 

Transition Words for Variance - This is a 'second level' document, for those students who have Extemp cold, but are looking to take their game to the next level. 

 

Extemp Handouts

The Basic Extemp Format (3x1)

Transition Words for Variance 

Extemp exercises

Filing Organization

Extemp Primer - This explains some of the basic components to Extemp, describes How to File, and even lists some of the best sources. 

 

Weekly Extemp Questions

Here's a link to practice Extemp questions that we have provided for you, to help you refine your skills. Feel free to include more questions in the comments for students to practice!

Extemp questions get released on Monday mornings.