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Limited Preparation

For the Spontaneous/Risk Taker in Each of Us

There are two types of Limited Preparation Speeches:

  1. Extemporaneous
  2. Impromptu
What is Extemporaneous Speaking?

Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will be given three topics in the general category of current events. They must choose one and then have 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is the original work of the student. Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted.

What is Impromptu Speaking?

Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech, substantive in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics will be derived from quotations. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topics sheet. Limited notes are permitted.

 Department Info

The Communication Studies department is currently closed while classes remain online

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Sarah Crachiolo-Garcia, Department Chair

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911