NESDA encourages effective communication within international contexts, promoting the development of critical thinking, self-awareness and integrity.
The tournaments provide students with the opportunity to improve their speaking, listening, communication and performance skills. All students benefit from the personal growth and development that come from participating. NESDA tournament awards are transitory and brief, whereas lessons learnt begin a lifelong path of growth and self-improvement.
Speech, Debate and Acting
Two, two-student teams alternate debating prepared and impromptu resolutions. Teams present cases, engage in rebuttals, and question their opponents as they attempt to prove or negate the resolution through evidence and reason.
Two competitors work together to interpret a published dramatic work of literature of up to seven minutes. Performers convey emotion and environment through a variety of acting techniques without the use of conventional costumes or props.
Individual competitors craft original speeches of up to seven minutes. Students develop thoughtful and passionate oratories that make a point. Students use oratorical techniques and skills to deliver a cohesive, logical and well-supported speech.
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Individual competitors interpret a published work of literature of up to seven minutes. Students use only their voice to tell a complete story, in a believable world, and with distinct characters.
Individual competitors prepare three minute speeches on philosophical and current event impromptu topics with only 90 seconds of preparation time. With limited time and preparation students strive to convey excellent cohesion, clarity, logic, and passion.