Fox Valley T.A.L.K. Speech and Debate



What do our vision, mission, and goals include?


Much of what we are all about, but are not limited to is equipping, providing and promoting development for homeschooled students in:

1)  Skills to become godly servant leaders who can communicate God's truth for God's honor and glory effectively in order to impact the world for Christ.

2)  Thinking critically, logically, and objectively; all the while, encouraging and supporting others to work together in a team effort by striving to help each member reach maximum potential in a manner that is God-honoring and worthy of respect.

3)  Researching and organizing information; presenting and defending ideas persuasively and humbly.

4)  Doing things unto the Lord to the best of their ability while attending NCFCA tournaments and through various involvement in the community.


When did Fox Valley T.A.L.K. Speech and Debate Club begin?


Fox Valley T.A.L.K. was started in the fall of 2010.



What are Club Practice Tournaments and NCFCA Qualifiers, Regionals, National Opens, & Nationals?


Club Practice Tournaments:  These initial tournaments provide a gentle introduction to competion for affiliate families. They provide insite into the protocol and expectations of NCFCA tournaments. Competitors can not qualify to Regionals by participation in club practice tournaments. Note: Practice events use NCFCA resolutions and IE rules. Affiliates benefit from practice tournaments althought events are not sanctioned by the NCFCA.

NCFCA Qualifiers:  Competitiors are given more experience and opportunities to break (advance to out rounds) to Regionals through participation in qualifiers.

Our Region VI qualifying tournaments are held in six states:

  • Wisconsin - Qualifier
  • Indiana - Qualifier
  • Illinois - Qualifier
  • Ohio - Qualifier
  • Michigan - N/A at this time
  • Kentucky - Qualifier

NCFCA Regionals:  Our regional invitational tournament rotates between our Region VI states each year. A tournament is held in April or early May which all competitors who “broke” at the individual state tournaments are invited to participate in so that they might progress to NCFCA Nationals. Each season a different state is chosen.

Regional VI Regional Invitationals

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

NCFCA National Opens: These tournaments are open to any NCFCA competitor regardless of which Region they are affiliated with. Each season different states are chosen.

2017 National Opens

  • WA, NC, and MA

NCFCA Nationals:  Competitors who "broke" in their Regional tournaments are invited to the final National Tournament of the season. Each season a different state is chosen.

  • The NCFCA National Championship


What are the three (3) speech catagories?


Speech has three categories

  • Platform
  • Interpretive
  • Limited Preparation

Within these categories are a total of 11 different types of speeches. The students will not be required to do all 11 types of speeches. It will be left to the parent/student to determine how many speeches and what type of speeches the student will prepare for competition. The limit for each tournament is usually 5 speeches. 



What are the eleven (11) speech types?



1. Biographical Narrative Speaking

                      A Biographical Narrative is an original platform speech that focuses on the relevance and/or contributions of a single person’s life.

2. Illustrated Oratory

An Illustrated Oratory is an original platform speech that informs or explains a particular topic with the use of visual aids.

3. Origina Oratory

Original Oratory is an original platform speech on a topic that includes one or more of the following: information, inspiration, and/or persuasion.

4. After Dinner Speaking

        After Dinner Speaking is an original humorous platform speech that informs, inspires, and/or attempts to persuade the audience on a noteworthy topic.  


Interpretive Events

5. Duo

A Duo Interpretation creatively explores and develops the intellectual, emotional, and artistic embodiment of a single selection of literature for dual performance.

6. Original Interpretation

An Original Interpretation creatively explores and develops the intellectual, emotional, and artistic embodiment of a students writing for performance.

7. Open

An Open Interpretation creatively explores and develops the intellectual, emotional, and artistic embodiment of a single selection of literature for performance.

8. Biblical Presentation

A Biblical presentation creatively develops and presents one or two selections of scripture in an effort to foster understanding of God's word, deepen the speaker's Christian faith, and encourage the listener.

  • Special note: While Biblical Presentation is classified as an Interpretation, a combination of elements present in both platforms and interps are used in the event.


Limited Preparation

9. Apologetics

Apologetics is a limited preparation event in which the speaker is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech on a topic related to articulating his or her Christian faith.

               Goal: The goal of Apologetics is to motivate students to study the core issues of the Christian faith and be prepared to articulate a defense of what they believe.

10. Extemporaneous

Extemporaneous is a limited preparation event in which the speaker is given 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech on a current event topic.

11. Impromptu

Impromptu is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is given two minutes to prepare a five-minute speech on a randomly drawn topic.




What is Lincoln Douglas (LD) & Team Policy (TP) Debate and related terms?


Lincoln Douglas (LD) Value Debate: Centers on a proposition of values. Lincoln Douglas debate format is one-on-one debating, named after the famous debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. It is a more abstract, philosophical form of debate and is therefore geared toward experienced high school debaters who enjoy political theory, philosophy and history.

- Value: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

- Criterion: A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.


Team Policy (TP) Debate: Advocates a change in policy. It is recommended for beginners because it teaches students the fundamentals of public-speaking within a concrete framework of problem-solution-benefits. Students learn foundational research, organization, analysis, refutation and persuasive speaking skills.

- Stock Issues: Sometimes referred to as “voting issues” which are the foundation of an affirmative case. There are four stock issues.  Idealy a negative team has only to poke holes in 1 of these issues in order to win.

- Affermative: A team on the affermative side of a round, fulfills the seasonal resolution through their specific case.

- Negative: Evidence is gathered and compiled into organized and concise case-specific "briefs".  A team which is on the negative side of a round, utilizes several possible arguments to present against an affirmative team’s case.

- Fiat Power: A technical term which theoretically provides a debate team the ability to carry out a plan.