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IDEA has partnered up with the National Forensic League (NFL), the largest and most prestigious debate honor society in the US, to run an NFL Qualifier in Singapore. The first Singapore IDEA-NFL Qualifier will be held at the Anglo-Chinese Junior College by Geetha Creffield. Depending on the number of entries in each event, either 1 or 2 students (or teams) from each event with qualify for the NFL US National Tournament during the summer of 2008. This year the NFL Nationals is taking place in Las Vegas! Information about the NFL and NFL Nationals can be found at

The event will feature Original Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation and International Extemporaneous Speaking. Rules for each event can be found at


Registration will open this winter and will be open to all IDEA member high schools. In the meantime, please contact Alex Dukalskis at with any questions.


There will be 5 events offered at the tournament: Original Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation and International Extemporaneous Speaking. A maximum of 2 persons will qualify for competition in the US in each event. Rules and links for further training are detailed under each event listing.

Original Oratory

An Original Oratory is a memorized speech of 10 minutes, generally on a pressing social issue. The NFL offers the following guidelines for a successful oratory:

"As orator you will be expected to research and speak intelligently, with a degree of originality, in an interesting manner, and with some profit to your audience, about a topic you have chosen. Although many orations deal with a current problem and propose a solution this is not the only acceptable form of oratory. Your oration may simply alert the audience to a threatening danger, strengthen its devotion to an accepted cause, or eulogize a person. An orator is given free choice of subject and judged solely on the effectiveness of development and presentation."


  1. Contest. This contest shall comprise only memorized orations actually composed by the contestants and not used by them during a previous contest season. No visual aids are permitted.
  2. Subject. Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any non factual reference, especially a personal one, must be so identified.
  3. Length. Orations shall require not more than 10 minutes for delivery.
  4. Quotation. Not more than 150 words of the oration may be direct quotation from any other speech or writing and such quotations shall be identified in a printed copy of the oration supplied prior to registration. Extensive paraphrasing from other sources is prohibited.
  5. Script. The coach must have a copy of the orator's script at the tournament, which identifies quoted materials and states the number of quoted words.

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