Bakersfield College

Silhouette of Gandhi leading people against a rising sun with doves.

2019 Gandhi Legacy Speech Tournament

Date and Time

Saturday, November 2, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Letter to Colleagues and Students

Dear Communication Studies Colleagues and Students,

Bakersfield College Department of Communication is proud to offer an intramural tournament that affords students an opportunity to practice and apply methods and skills studied in courses, such as, public speaking, persuasion, small group, intercultural communication & argumentation. Additionally, the Gandhi Celebration Committee, Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) invite all BC students to present an original speech that focuses on Gandhi’s life and legacy of nonviolent social activism. A prize of $500 will be awarded to three top speakers in each event category.

The tournament is designed to provide positive speaking experiences and encouraging feedback for students who want to showcase their work, further practice their development as competent communicators, or simply share a message with a captive audience.

Entrants are not required to have prior public speaking or Forensics experience. All students will speak at least twice. Student may enter in one of the following three events.

  1. Informative Research Speech
  2. Persuasive Research Speech
  3. Impromptu Speaking

The tournament is an excellent opportunity for extra credit and tournament administrators will happily provide instructors with proof of participation for student competitors, volunteers and respectful audience members.

We invite you and your students to join us as we build upon and celebrate the hard work you invest in the classroom each semester. Below you will find information about the events offered, how to enter, directions to event and the tournament schedule.

Sincerely,

Dr. CCB
Chris Cruz-Boone, MA EdD
Department of Communication
Bakersfield Community College
Arvin Early College Faculty
(661) 204-8643
ccruzboo@bakersfieldcollege.edu


Speech Intramural Tournament Schedule

7:45 a.m.: Registration (student sign-in)

All students should check-in no later than 8:00 a.m. Postings for the first round of events will be available at 8:15 am in the Delano Science and Technology hallway. Check for your name and head to the assigned room.

8:00 a.m.: Speaker Warm-Up Activities & Audience Reminders

8:20 a.m.: Round One

The round will last about an hour. You will deliver your speech and serve as a good audience member for other speakers.

9:45 a.m.: Round Two

Postings for the second round of events should be available by 9:40 a.m. in the Delano Science and Technology hallway. You will repeat what you did in round one. It will then take some time to calculate who will advance, but postings of Competitors advancing to finals should be up at 11:45 a.m.

11-12:00 p.m.: Lunch Break (optional semi-final round)

12:30 p.m.: Final Round

2:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony & Guest Speaker

The showcase and ceremony, including the distribution of awards should take about an hour.

Note: Schedule is tentative and subject to change based on availability of adequate volunteers.


Directions to Tournament

Bakersfield College Delano, 1450 Timmons Ave, Delano, CA 93215

The event will take place at the Bakersfield College Delano campus located 35 minutes north of Bakersfield off of the 99 freeway. Sign-in table and event posting will take place in Science and Technology Center. The campus neighbors Robert F Kennedy High School but is a small turn off. If you get to the Kern Prison at Timmons you have gone too far and missed your turn.

Parking at the event will be FREE.

Look for balloons as reminder of unprotected turns.

If you need transportation please indicate as such on your form. If there is sufficient need, then Bakersfield College will provide transportation to this event.


Registration

To participate in the event, you must be a currently enrolled Bakersfield College student. To receive extra credit for participating or attending you must register by October 31, 2019.

Register for Gandhi Speech Tournament

Registration requires you answer 7 questions:

  • Name of the competitor
  • Instructor’s Name (if applicable)
  • Name of Communication Course Enrolled In (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Cell number
  • Volunteer or Compete in Speech Category
  • Category of speech presentation (Impromptu, Informative & Persuasion)

Rules for Entry

There is zero cost to students to register for this event. However, should a student choose to withdraw the organizers respectfully request you revisit your entry and remove yourself.

  • You must be a currently registered Bakersfield College student.
  • Students must register online before October 31 at midnight to secure spot
  • Students in research-based events will be contacted to upload final slideshow by noon on November 1

Overview of Events

Impromptu Speaking

Each speaker presents a spontaneous oration based upon a choice of 3 topics (words, phrases, or quotations). All of the topics will relate back to the theme of Gandhi. Each speaker has a total of 7 minutes (2 minutes for preparation & 5 minutes to speak). Judges will provide oral time signals during preparation and hand signals once the oration begins. Students may use a 3” x 5” card with notes created during the 2-minute prep time.

All of the prompts for this limited preparation event will relate back to Gandhi’s legacy. For example, a speaker could likely receive a prompt with three quotes like:

Example Prompt

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

― Buckminster Fuller

“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.”
― Bob Marley, Bob Marley - Legend

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Research Persuasive Speech

Prepare a speech designed to persuade an audience. Multiple sources (3 to 7 sources) should be referenced during the speech. Speeches should ideally range from 7 to 10 minutes in length and notes are permitted. Judges will provide oral time signals during preparation and clickers will be provided in the room. If you utilize a slide show you must submit your slides online the week before the intramural.

Research Informative Speech

Prepare a speech designed to inform an audience. Multiple sources (3 to 7 sources) should be referenced during the speech. Speeches should ideally range from 7 to 10 minutes in length and notes are permitted. Judges will provide oral time signals during preparation and clickers will be provided in the room. If you utilize a slide show you must submit your slides online the week before the intramural.

Kern Community College District