Setting the Pace with Vital Skills
In keeping with our vision that every student benefit from a forensics education, the National Forensic League is committed to creating more opportunities for participation in speech and debate by students at the middle school level, to prepare them better for high school and beyond.
The scope and scale of middle school interscholastic contests is one of the fastest-growing areas within the community of speech and debate. Professor Brendan Kelly of the University of West Florida described tournaments as a place where “assessment happens in a multi-institutional setting,” explaining the benefit of educators evaluating each others’ students, offering more breadth and depth of feedback than a single educator could normally provide. The competitive component of our district and national tournaments motivates and inspires students to nurture their skills and work toward individual excellence, as well as collaborate toward squad success.
The National Junior Forensic League honorary society rewards students for participation in speech and debate activity. Students accrue points for forensic competition as well as public speaking challenges. Even classroom presentations at the middle school level constitute participation, although the League encourages schools to seek out opportunities to participate interscholastically.
Visit the menu on the left to learn more about various opportunities to participate at the middle school level.
Launching Your Program
The National Forensic League offers abundant resources to help launch programs at schools. This website offers a
wealth of instructional videos and downloadable materials for our members. Plus, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities for educators.
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