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
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

    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.
  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

    Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via tests, written class exercises, papers, critical listening assignments, class participation and individual oral presentations.
  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; New Core 8/2015