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 Course Title:   Oral Interpretation of Literature

 Title Abbreviation:   ORAL INTERPRETATION

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    141

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Stresses analysis of literature and its vocal and visual performance before an audience. Explores relationships between literary text, author, performer, and audience and delivery techniques.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
SPU COM 2330 Oral Intepretation of Literature; 5 credits
UW SP CMU 140 Oral Intepretation of Literature; 5 credits
Whatcom SPCH 130 Oral Interpretation of Literature; 5 credits
WSU ComSt 251 Oral Interpretation of Literature; 3 semester credits

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the influence of culture on communication, specifically
    • Selecting appropriate literature and adapting it to diverse audiences and speaking situations
    • Exploring and characterizing the literature of diverse American and/or other cultural groups
  2. Develop and apply critical thinking skills to appropriate communication contexts, specifically
    • Connecting and applying literary analysis techniques to the selection, discussion, and oral performance of literary texts
    • Demonstrating appropriate listening and supportive techniques as both a speaker and audience member
  3. Demonstrate basic communication skills and oral interpretations principles and strategies, including
    • Identifying and explaining the appropriate models, components, contexts, and common terminology of communication and oral interpretation
    • Building confidence in performing before the class, while working in groups, and in writing about literature
    • Using pitch, rate, volume, articulation, pronunciation, and nonverbal behaviors to communicate literary texts to audiences in a variety of contexts and situations
    • Identifying and exploring various genres of literature or a specific genre of literature
    • Applying textbook and literary reading assignments and library/technological research to individual, dyadic, and/or group projects

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Selection and Analysis of Literature
  2. Delivery Techniques
  3. Preparation of Manuscripts
  4. Communication Apprehension
  5. Organizing Thematic Programs
  6. Audience Analysis and Responsibilities