Speech is a semester course designed to quickly take novice public speakers through the basics of speech-craft.   Length of the class may vary based on how long it takes for students to progress through their speeches.  Students who complete this course will be well prepared to join speech tournaments in their area, or simply improve their ability to effectively present and defend their ideas.

This course could be offered live if we get a volunteer teacher.

This will be a rigorous high school level course and will require approximately one hour each weekday out of class for research and preparation.


No text is needed, but students must have a means to share their speech and participate in debate. Some performances will be live in the online classroom and others the student will provide a recording link for instructor and peer review. All students must have a webcam, headset with microphone (quality of audio will play a part in scoring), and access to YouTube, Vimeo, or a file hosting account (Drop Box, Google Drive, One Drive, etc.) to post their own speech recordings.

To accommodate families that have blocked YouTube on their student's computers, our example presentations are provided through ViewPure. Please white list this website. Students that use YouTube to host their performances will be instructed how to adjust their video sharing settings to viewable but unlisted and how to use ViewPure to get a link classmates can view to put in to peer reviewed activities.