ISD: Florida  (June 27 - July 10, 2020 at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL)
ISD: Carolina  (July 12 - 25, 2020 at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC)

Residential Program

(all-inclusive room and board)
2 Weeks
1 Week

Commuter Program

(lunch and dinner only)
2 Weeks
1 Week
Extemporaneous speaking challenges both a student’s speaking skills and argumentative skills. Each competition round requires the speaker to present a speech on a completely different topic. The topics covered are based on global current events, and almost any event is fair game – from Arctic shipping lanes to Zimbabwean politics, and everything in between. With only 30 minutes to prepare, students give a seven-minute speech entirely without notes. Extempers master the art of researching, processing, and then communicating challenging topics.

How we teach | How students grow

Our program focuses on techniques that turn the novice speaker into a confident competitor and the experienced speaker into one prepared to win at the highest levels. Our workshops blend content area lectures, speech preparation strategy labs, and organizational skills for team squads.

Our experienced faculty present well-crafted lessons that stress active learning and mastery of skills and concepts. The workshops offer campers many practice rounds where faculty provide feedback and strategies to help extempers reach the next level of competition.

From Our Curriculum Director

“Our curriculum focuses on teaching students how to make compelling, interesting arguments that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Whether a student is a new speaker or a National finalist, our individualized approach ensures they develop and hone the skills needed to succeed at the next stage in their forensics career.”

– Yatesh Singh, Curriculum Director - Extemporaneous Speaking

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 – 8:50am
9:00 - 11:00am
Content Lectures
11:00am - 12:30pm
Topic research and filing
12:30 – 1:30pm
1:30 – 3:30pm:
Strategy and Technique Labs
3:30 – 5:00pm
Practice Speeches
5:15 – 6:30pm
6:30 – 8:00pm
Practice Rounds
After 8:00pm
Commuters must depart campus
Resident students must be inside their residence hall
Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00 am
Quiet hours