Speech Courses

Classical Speech
Suggested Age







This course is designed to give students skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking. Speech is as much about training students to think as it about oral communication. Students who are trained to speak well are also trained to think well. Throughout the course we will study the structure and style of great historical speeches and the five cannons of rhetoric: inventio, dispositio, elocutio, memoria and pronuntiatio. The five cannons will lead students through a process of formulating arguments and putting information together in powerful structures so that they can communicate effectively. During the course of the semester students will have extensive opportunities to speak in front of the class. At the start of the semester we will pay special attention to helping students overcome the fear of public speaking. Students will need to purchase the textbook before the first day of class.


  • The Art of Public Speaking, Ninth Edition, Stephen Lucas ISBN-13 978-0-07-313564-9. The textbook can be purchased used online at Amazon. We will have several used editions of the textbook for sale this summer at Orientation.

  • Course Supplement - order at ODA bookstore (available after 7/15/20)

Intro to Speech, Debate and Mock Trial 
Suggested Age







This course will provide a fun introduction to competitive speech, debate and mock trial. All three units will develop students’ critical thinking, analytical and oral communication skills.



In the fall, we will learn about the various types of speech events, how to find or write speeches, and how to prepare for the presentation. Students will give their finished speech performances in November.



During the winter, we will learn about debate format, research and argumentation. Students will then work in pairs to conduct debate research and prepare their case for class debates in February.


Mock Trial:

In the spring, we will have an introductory unit on mock trial. We will learn about the various types of trials, the rules of evidence, and how to conduct direct and cross-examinations. Students will have the opportunity to act as witnesses or attorneys during class trials at the end of the year.



Students should plan to spend approximate three hours/week outside of class. All speeches, debates and mock trial rounds will be held during class time. Students will have the opportunity to compete independently in area speech and debate tournaments if they wish, but competition is not required.


  • Materials will be finalized by the end of summer.

Competitive Speech
Suggested Age

7 and up






This class will learn and apply essential acting techniques in order to develop and perfect speech interpretations for competition. Areas of exploration to improve acting skills include: 

  1. Improvisation

  2. Character Development

  3. Scene Development

  4. Researching Literature

  5. Cutting their piece

  6. Analysis of Purpose and Theme

  7. Presenting a Polished Product

Each organization has certain rule for competition.  I will focus on the rules for the National Christian Forensics Communication Association and for STOA.  If there is another organization in which the student would like to compete, I will research and work within their rules for that student. 

The class focuses on Open and Duo Interpretations.  However, the students will also get an opportunity to practice all of their speech events for feedback.  


Through games, exercises, feedback, staging, and rehearsal, the student will learn to craft a competitive interpretative piece for competition.  The skills practiced in the class will benefit the student in any area in life. 


  • Students will have an opportunity to attend a practice tournament 

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend NCFCA and/or STOA tournaments

  • I attend NCFCA tournaments and will be there to rehearse with the students

  • The family is responsible for any costs associated with the tournaments

  • A parent must attend the tournaments with the student

  • The parent is responsible for the supervision of the student at the tournaments


  • See instructor


One Day Academy

PO Box 151496
Austin, TX 78715


Contact Us
Popular Links
Follow Us
  • w-facebook

© 2021 by One Day Academy