COMM210 Voice and Articulation

Department of The Arts: Communication Studies

I. Course Number and Title
COMM210 Voice and Articulation
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed for students in communication based careers, such as theater performance, film acting, broadcasting, education, and business. Coursework focuses on improving quality of speaking voice, articulation and pronunciation of sounds, and accent reduction. This is a workshop based class highlighting application and practice.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate proper breath control during performance;
    2. increase vocal variety with pitch, volume, and rate;
    3. articulate proper sounds without regionalism or dialect; and
    4. translate and transcribe words using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Basic vocal anatomy
    2. Breath control during performance
    3. Increasing vocal variety with text
    4. Practice of Neutral American Speech with textbook exercises
    5. Understanding and transcribing International Phonetic Alphabet
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Quizzes from textbook chapters
    2. Participation in classroom exercises and activities
    3. Text analysis and performance in class
    4. Self- and peer evaluation
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    1. Required textbook
    2. Handouts from class
    3. Self-recordings
    4. See course syllabus

Review/Approval Date - 11/09; New Core 8/2015