Collegiate speech and debate offers students the ability to compete in a wide variety of public speaking, performance, and debate events. These events can be divided into two major categories.
The Speech Events come in three varieties: public address, limited preparation, and interpretation. Public speaking events are very similar to class presentations where the student chooses the topic, writes a speech, memorizes it, and performs that same speech for the rest of the season. Limited preparation events are like public address events except that the speech is created at the tournament, is shorter, and is delivered with limited notes. Interpretation events are a performance similar to acting in which the student conveys a message through character and story.
There are multiple Debate Events available to students at the college level. The formats can be divided into prepared and limited preparation styles. Additionally, some formats allow students to work in pairs while others are done individually.