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The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Schools Competition
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2022 - Online

The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school.


Students will be required to submit an unedited video of a 3-4 minute speech on a set topic, which must be persuasive in nature. This will then be assessed by two DAV adjudicators who will provide a score and written feedback by email. Top ranked students will progress to a finals series, which will require a second video speech to be submitted. There is no limit to the number of students that can participate, but a maximum of three students per school will be permitted to progress to finals.


Who: Students in Years 5 and 6.
Format: Students will present one prepared speech.
Cost: $15 per student.
Registration: Registration is not yet open

Prepared Speech:
Students must prepare a 3-4 minute speech on one of the following topics:

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Primary School Public Speaking Competition 2022 - Face to Face

The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school.

The day will also include a training component. Trainers from the DAV, one of the largest debating and public speaking organisations in Australia, will help students develop and practise their skills.

The competition has expanded this year to include two preliminary rounds, North and South, which will culminate in a Grand Final evening in late November. The highest scoring students from each region will progress to the Grand Final.

Schools may register up to 2 representatives across the two year levels in each region.

NORTH REGION:


Where: TBC
When: TBC
Who: Students in Years 5 and 6.
Format: Students will present one prepared speech (3-4 mins) and two impromptu speeches (1-2 mins)
Cost: $40 per student.

Registration for the North region is not yet open.

SOUTH REGION:


Where: TBC
When: TBC
Who: Students in Years 5 and 6.
Format: Students will present one prepared speech (3-4 mins) and two impromptu speeches (1-2 mins)
Cost: $40 per student.

Registration for the South region is not yet open.

Prepared Speech:
Students must prepare a 3-4 minute speech on one of the following topics:

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Impromptu Speeches:
For each impromptu speech students will be given two topics to choose between. They will then have five minutes to prepare a 1-2 minute speech. The topics for the first round of impromptus will be variations on the prompt "My favourite [blank]". The topics for the second round of impromptus will be not be released until the preparation time begins.

The impromptu speeches may also be persuasive, but this is not required.

Please email debater@dav.com.au for more details.