Extemporaneous Speaking (EXT)

Q&A: What to Expect in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking

Q&A: What to Expect in International Extemporaneous Speaking

VIDEO: Sample U.S. Extemporaneous Speech

VIDEO: Sample International Extemporaneous Speech

From the National Speech and Debate Association:

In Extemporaneous Speaking, students are presented with a choice of three questions related to current events in the U.S. and the world and, in 30 minutes, prepare a seven-minute speech answering the selected question. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but may not use the Internet during preparation. Topics range from political matters to economic concerns to foreign policy. The speech is delivered from memory. For national tournaments, Extemporaneous Speaking is often divided into U.S. (DX) and International (IX).

Past Topics:

  • Will the 113th Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform?
  • Does the U.S. economy’s contraction in the first quarter signal a new downturn?
  • Will North Korea test another nuclear weapon in the near future?
  • What does Narendra Modi’s election mean for India-Pakistan relations?

Interested in Extemp? Visit http://www.speechanddebate.org/usextemp and http://www.speechanddebate.org/internationalextemp for more information.