COMM230 Oral Interpretation (formerly COMG230)

Department of The Arts: Communication Studies

I. Course Number and Title
COMM230 Oral Interpretation (formerly COMG230)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills Information Literacy and Oral Presentation requirements of Category I and Creative Expression requirement of Category III: Essential Skills and Perspectives of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course engages the student in analyzing prose, poetry and drama, essays and documentaries, preparing the material for presentation, and performing oral readings to an audience. Students develop a critical appreciation of literature, enhanced skills in the use of voice and gesture, and skill in critiquing performances.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. recognize characteristics of good literature;
      2. perform literary selections with integrity;
      3. research and analyze four genres, poetry, drama, essays and documentaries, for performance;
      4. develop an ability to give and receive constructive criticism on performances; and
      5. develop use of voice, body, characterization in interpretive delivery of an oral presentation.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Creative Expression
      Students will:
      1. perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others. (1, 3)
      2. demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretive methodologies relative to the medium. (3)

      Category III:
      Information Literacy
      Students will:
      1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
      2. determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically.

      Category III:
      Oral Presentation
      Students will:
      1. make effective oral presentations, with the possibility of including content-specific supplementary material and/or media.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. analyzing and presenting prose, from four of these genres, poetry, drama, essays and documentaries
    2. maintain an individual course journal on assigned presentations
    3. delivery of oral critiques to a live audience
    4. critically analyze the oral presentations
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course
    2. Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via tests, written class exercises, papers, critical listening assignments, class participation and individual oral presentations.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Students demonstrate Oral Presentation and Creative Expression through assigned individual readings in selected literary genres. Students choose individual specific pieces to analyze and present to a live audience.

      Students demonstrate Information Literacy through a written assessment of selected literary genres that require research, ethics, evaluation, citation of sources and live performance.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course format.

    Other learning materials:

    1. poetry/prose/fiction/drama
    2. literature for young people
    3. essays/documentaries
    4. presentations of professional solo/group performances

    Supplemental learning materials:

    1. additional literary and critical texts as assigned
    2. attendance at stage performances in region

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Course Goals/Objectives added 1/06; Revised 5/2011