Below is a listing of workshops provided by parties other than Stoa. The content is not provided by Stoa and thus cannot be endorsed, but the information is provided as a resource for families who wish to participate in additional training. If you have a workshop or event that you would like to list here, please contact us.

Stoa Academy

Stoa Academy is Stoa's annual camp that equips parents, alumni, and coaches in both the overarching goals of Christian homeschool speech and debate and practical instruction for the upcoming season. This informative and helpful event is great training for the new year and beyond.

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Humorous Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

In Humorous Interpretation the competitor creates an amusing, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and entertains the audience. Stand-up comedy, or telling a series of jokes without a corresponding plot, is not Humorous Interpretation. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Parliamentary Debate (aka Parli)

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Open Interpretation

Open Interpretation

In Open Interpretation the competitor creates an original rendition from a selection or selections of prose or poetry (including unpublished work) which captivates and moves the audience. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Individual Policy Debate

Individual Policy Debate is NOT a NITOC event, IP will have its own National Championship! The purpose of Individual Policy Debate is to train Christian home school students in the skills of presentation, critical thinking, and research in an environment of honorable competition, to cultivate maturity, wisdom, grace, and poise, bringing glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Apologetics

Apologetics

In Apologetics, the competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith. The speaker crafts a speech to reach those curious, not in agreement, or Biblically uninformed with persuasiveness and reasoning. Competitors will be motivated to study, articulate, and defend the core issues of their faith in a knowledgeable, sincere, gentle, and respectful manner.

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Extemporaneous Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking

In Extemporaneous speaking the competitor answers a given question based on a recent event in the news. The competitor, alone or as part of a club, researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information. Competitor develops themselves a well-informed student who can critically evaluate current issues by expressing his position on a given question.

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Mars Hill Impromptu

Mars Hill Impromptu

Mars Hill Impromptu is a speech event that trains students to connect culture and Christianity. Students learn how to identify the universal themes contained in various classic and popular artistic genres (books, movies, songs, etc.) and discuss the relationship of those themes to the Biblical truths of Christianity and God’s work in the world. The name of this event is taken from the Apostle Paul’s speech in Athens in Acts 17 where he uses Greek cultural ideas to find common ground to make a connection to Christ. As this name implies, the goal of this event is to use cultural references to draw the listener to the truths of Christianity.

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Expository Speaking

Expository Speaking

An Expository speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which explains or “exposes” a topic usually with the help of visual aids. The goal is to develop a winsome, polished, speaker who can present a creative, well-organized speech while efficiently employing audio/visual aids or props.

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Original Oratory

Original Oratory

An Original Oratory is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, on a topic of the speaker’s choice. The goal is to develop a polished, winsome speaker who can present an engaging, well-organized speech on any topic.

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