The majority of text books in public speaking define extemporaneous speaking as the act of delivering a speech using limited notes. Despite what we teach in our classes, however, cultural norms in competitive speech tend to reward those students that compete in the event without the use of notes. Recent research highlights erroneous source citations and outright fabrications by contestants, many of which can be attributed to the unspoken expectation that students refrain from using notes. This paper attempts to challenge that norm by questioning the educational benefits of teaching, promoting and rewarding this practice. The paper will compare what we teach in our classes to what has become the norm inside forensics.
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Shafer, Ric L.
"Nothing More Than a White Lie: An Examination of Ethics in Extemporaneous Speaking,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 42:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol42/iss1/4